I offer a genealogy and family history research service for people whose ancestors lived in Somerset, Devon and other counties in the south west of England.
Although many indexes and digitised documents relevant to family history research are now available online, they represent only the tip of the iceberg. Many other sources are only available in their original format in local repositories.
There is no 'one-stop-shop' for online research, so finding the information that is available online is often dependent on using several different websites, some of which require a subscription, and understanding and using the advanced search features of each.
Effectively using a combination of original and internet sources is often the key to overcoming 'brick walls' or finding out more about the lives of ancestors who have already been identified. For people who do not wish to carry out research themselves or are unable to visit the area this requires employing a local researcher.
The range of sources used when carrying out research for clients with ancestors from a diversity of backgrounds is far wider than is typically encountered by people researching their own family history, even those with several decades of experience. Some family history researchers seek to develop a hobby into a source of income by calling themselves professional genealogists, but relatively few are professionally qualified.
I hold a Diploma in Genealogy, a postgraduate-level qualification demonstrating a thorough knowledge of sources and techniques and the expertise to carry out professional research for clients and am also a Member of AGRA.
As well as details of my services as a professional genealogist, there is also information on this website about my research into the ancestry of William Davenport, an ancestor of Catherine Elizabeth Middleton, now Duchess of Cambridge.