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 internet research either, 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. If you wish to find out more about your ancestors but do not feel competent to carry out research yourself, do not have time, or live too far away to visit the relevant repositories, you will need to use the services of an experienced local researcher.
Many amateur family history researchers seek to develop a hobby into a source of income by calling themselves professional genealogists, but not all invest time and effort into becoming professionally qualified.
I have studied for and been awarded 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, am a Member of AGRA, and have been practising as a professional genealogist since 2007.
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.