I am a genealogist and local and family historian. I mainly use Ancestry and Wikitree. I have researched hundreds of Wiltshire families, specialising in the Edwardian and post-Edwardian eras and WW1 soldiers. I am a member of the Society for One-Place Studies, and the Family and Community Historical Research Society.
I am a canal heritage enthusiast and I run a Canalside Property website.
I’ve played the violin since the age of seven, and I am a qualified Suzuki Violin Teacher. I had never played a single note on a brass instrument until November 2019, when I started to learn the euphonium (I am sharing my progress on YouTube).
I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Local and Family History which included the following modules:
- Skills And Sources for Family And Local History In England
- House History
- The Theory and Context of Recordkeeping
- Archive Management Principles And Practice
- English Palaeography And Diplomatic
- Public History
- Oral History
- Member of the Society for One-Place Studies
- Member of the Family and Community Historical Research Society
- International subscriptions for many genealogy sites including Ancestry and Find My Past, websites for old maps, old newspapers and military records.
Publications, Print and Online
- BBC News Online
- Country Life
- Daily Mail
- Wiltshire Life
- Northern Echo
- Swindon Advertiser
- Other local press, nationwide
- Featured in Wallace and Gromit’s World of Invention
- The One Show (BBC1)
- Wallace and Gromit’s World of Invention (BBC1)
- British Made (Channel 4)
- BBC Points West
- BBC Radio Wiltshire
- BBC Radio Leeds
- and other local stations
- Maggie Philbin
- Vanessa Feltz