When I was a little girl I really wanted to be a detective – there was a regular ad at the back of “Buster and Giggle” for a detective kit, complete with fake beard and a magnifying glass. Well I took a few different paths in life and never became a detective. But I use much the same skills in my current role as a genealogist and heritage researcher:
– observation and attention to detail
– logic and reasoning
– information finding and record searching
– problem solving
– report writing and presenting evidence
and I sometimes use a magnifying glass for hard to read documents even if I’ve never found much need for a fake beard!
I had over 9 years experience working as Library & Archives Assistant in Archives and Heritage at the Library of Birmingham (formerly Birmingham Central Library). In 2013 I graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies from Strathclyde University studied over 2 years via distance learning. And I am now a member of the Register of Qualified Genealogists
I’ve been doing freelance work as a genealogist since January 2014 whilst still at the Library of Birmingham. And when opportunity arose to take Voluntary Redundancy at the end of July 2015 I took it to allow me more time to spend on genealogical and heritage pursuits.
I enjoy sharing my knowledge and enabling others to undertake their own research. I have delivered nearly 20 family history workshops at the Library of Birmingham and am increasingly being invited to give presentations to other groups .In April 2015 I delivered a talk on Coroners’ Inquest Records at Who Do You Think You Are Live? at the NEC and followed this up in 2016 with a talk on Birmingham Non-conformist records. In both years I also acted as an “expert” on the Society of Genealogists “Ask an Expert” stand.
In addition to genealogical research work for a number of individual clients I have also undertaken research for Wall to Wall Productions for Who Do You Think You Are? on BBC TV, had a commissioned article published in Who Do You Think You Are? magazine and edited several of their Gem from the Archives features in 2016-17 and had several pieces published on the Birmingham Archives’ IronRoom Blog.
My central location means that I am ideally situated for visiting any of the record offices and archives within the West Midlands including Birmingham, the Black Country, Warwick, Worcester and Stafford/Lichfield. I also visit the National Archives and am a member of the British Library.
Take a look at my other pages for details of genealogical and other heritage research services I provide or if you would like to discuss your enquiry with me please send me a brief outline via the contact form below – or email firstname.lastname@example.org.