I started researching my own family history 27 years ago, in the days of manual census searches and exercise books full of notes! I have come to love genealogy, as it uses many of my particular skills. Not only have I always wanted to be a detective (ever since my sister got given a book called "How to be a Detective"!*), but I have a degree in history from Cambridge University and, before I specialised in genealogy, I was an archivist and internet researcher. I'm very thorough, have a great eye for detail, and, most of all, love a challenge!
Ancestors in my own family tree are mainly from England (Cumbria, London, Northumbria, and the Isle of Wight), but I also have early 20th century Jewish immigrants who came from Moldavia, Romania, and settled in London's East End. Whilst I loved researching the 11 generations of my own family tree, I find uncovering other family trees equally as captivating.
Some of my favourite quests have been trying to find out the truth (or not!) behind family rumours - one client, for example, had a vague recollection that someone in his family had been attacked in a London park in the 1950s or 60s. I was able to find the article in the local newspaper and, by working through the births, marriages and deaths, prove that it was indeed his aunt. Criminals in the family are always interesting! Other favourites have been reuniting two half sisters in their 70s who each had no idea of the other's existence; discovering the distinguished war career of a client's father who had died before the client was born; and generally getting a result for clients when they have all but given up hope. I love finding birth family members for people, and generally helping people get closure.
I live in the wonderful city of Cambridge with my physicist husband and teenage daughter. Apart from a couple of years in Milan, Italy, we have lived here for well over twenty five years. I am an artist when I'm not doing family history, using the right side of my brain for a change. I speak fluent Italian, and love, cookery, word games, and the Tour de France.
I look forward to helping you!