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’ve 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.
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 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 recently undertaken research for Wall to Wall Productions for an upcoming episode of Who Do You Think You Are? on BBC TV, had my first commissioned article published in Who Do You Think You Are? magazine 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 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.