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Susan Moore | Barbara H. Baker | Peter Christian | Karen Cummings | Eilir Daniels | Janet Few | Simon Fowler | Guy Grannum | Celia Heritage | Julie Goucher | Sherry Irvine | Emma Jolly | Antony Marr  | Helen Osborn | Chris Paton | Stuart A. Raymond | Malcolm Sadler | Gillian Waters |

Susan Moore (Website)

Susan MooreSince 1980 Susan Moore has worked as a freelance professional historical researcher for family and local historians, specialising in records relating to lands and possessions, and in particular to the records of the Chancery Court. Although living in Somerset, Susan spends most of her time at the National Archives, but also regularly visits archives in Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Cornwall and wherever her work takes her.

She regularly lectures on Chancery records to family and local history societies, and articles have been published in many family history publications. An article on Chancery records for Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine came out at the same time as her appearance on Who Do You Think You Are helping Derek Jacobi to interpret a Chancery case. Susan's book Family Feuds: An Introduction to Chancery Proceedings http://www.susanmooreresearch.co.uk/en-GB/family_feuds.aspx is the standard guide to the Chancery records.

  • Deeds and Disputes
  • Manorial Records for Family and Local Historians

Barbara H. Baker, BA (Family History), AG

Barbara H. Baker, BA (Family History), AGBarbara has worked as a British Reference consultant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, for 25 years. As part of her work, she has created many British research aids now available online through FamilySearch.org. She has also created and taught numerous classes in British research, particularly for England and Scotland. Barbara is accredited in English genealogical research through ICAPGenSM. She has worked as a professional genealogist, has lectured at genealogical conferences in the United States and Britain, and is currently an instructor in British research subjects for the annual Institute of the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History.

Barbara has enjoyed researching her family history since her teens and has published one family history and is working another. Her ancestry is almost entirely British and most lines have been in America since the 17th century.

  • Organizing Your Genealogy
  • So you think you know Family Search? A Guided Tour

Peter Christian MA FSG

Peter Christian MA FSGPeter Christian was born and grew up in London. After a career in academia - first as a linguist, then as an IT specialist - he now devotes his time to writing and lecturing on the use of the internet in family history.

He has been researching his own genealogy for almost 40 years and first put his family tree on the web in 1995. He spent five years as editor of the Society of Genealogists' computer journal "Computers in Genealogy", and was also responsible for setting up the Society's first web site.

The author of countless articles about online resources for family history, he has also written a number of books on the subject, including 'Census: The Family Historian's Guide' (co-authored with David Annal) and the best-selling 'The Genealogist's Internet', now in its 5th edition.

He is a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists and one of the Trustees of Genuki.

  • Researching Online for Advanced Genealogists



Karen Cummings BPharm PhD (Pharmacy) Dip Gen (Genealogy) (Website)

Karen Cummings  BPharm PhD (Pharmacy) Dip Gen (Genealogy)Karen's interest in family history arose from her mother's tales of great aunts, distant cousins and great grandparents during her childhood. She began her career in the pharmaceutical industry and has a PhD in pharmaceutical research. Having researched her own family history for a number of years, and become passionate about genealogy research, she left a career in scientific research behind and set up her own professional genealogy business, Professional Family History, in 2010.

Karen studied genealogy at the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS) and has attained both the Higher Certificate in Genealogy (with Distinction) and the professionally recognised qualification, the IHGS Diploma in Genealogy (DipGen).

She is a Member of AGRA, the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives.

Karen now volunteers as an 'Expert' both locally and at the UK 'WDYTYA Live!' event. She specialises in research in Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Essex and Hertfordshire and has clients from all over the world.

View Karen's profile on: Linked-In.

  • Professional Genealogist: Become One Become a Better One
  • Demystifying DNA for Family Historians
  • Wills & Administrations, the riches of probate records

Eilir Ann Daniels, BA (Hons), Criccieth, Gwynedd, Wales (Website)

Eilir Ann Daniels, BA (Hons), Criccieth, Gwynedd, WalesEilir's interest in genealogy began as a teenager almost thirty years ago. She gradually moved on from studying her own family history to helping others research their past and, as a result, has carried out research in all the major archives across Wales, including the National Library in Aberystwyth.

Having worked as an information and publications officer, Eilir set up her own research business - Your Welsh Ancestors - and has succesfully traced the family histories of clients from all over the world, re-uniting many with long-lost relatives. Her clients include private individuals, international probate genealogists and television companies.

For her degree, Eilir studied the cultural and social development of modern society and now, within her research work, specialises in the effects of industrialisation on Welsh life during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and how specific elements of social history can influence Welsh family history research projects.

  • Researching Your Welsh Ancestors

Dr. Janet Few (Website)

Dr. Janet FewJanet is an experienced family, social and community historian who has lectured on three continents and at sea. A qualified family historian, Janet gained distinction in the advanced certificate in Genealogy and Heraldry awarded by the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies. Janet completed her doctorate at the University of Exeter, researching migration patterns in nineteenth century North Devon. She was the critical reader and family history advisor to the Open University with regard to the course 'Family and Community History'; a course that she went on to tutor. Janet is responsible for several books and numerous articles for history and family history publications. She has also worked with BBC television's Who Do You Think You Are? programme.

Working as an historical interpreter, Janet spends time living in the seventeenth century as her alter ego, Mistress Agnes. She is the manager of Swords and Spindles https://swordsandspindles.wordpress.com, a company providing living history presentations for schools, heritage sites, history societies and social groups.

Further information can be found on her website: http://thehistoryinterpreter.wordpress.com.

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  • In Sickness and in Death; researching the ill-health and death of your ancestors
  • Are You Sitting Comfortably? Writing and Telling Your Family History
  • Discovering Your British Family and Local Community in the early 20th Century



Simon Fowler, Kew, Surrey, UK (Website)

Simon Fowler, Kew, Surrey, UKSimon Fowler is a leading authority on family history and a prolific writer on the subject. He worked at The National Archives for over thirty years, and most recently edited their family history magazine, Ancestors.

Simon is now a full time researcher, writer and historian. He has undertaken research on a wide range of subjects for clients, ranging from Victorian corkscrew makers to the history of the Open University. In addition, he has a regular column in Family History Monthly and writes for a number of family history magazines.

Simon has written a wide range of books on genealogical and historical subjects. Recent publications include a well-reviewed guide to taking up family history, books on researching naval ancestors and men who fought in the First World War, and Digging Deeper for family historians who are no longer beginners.

Simon lives opposite Kew Gardens in London.

  • Your Military Ancestors
  • World War Research
  • Researching in Archives for Advanced Genealogists

Guy Grannum (Website)

Guy GrannumGuy Grannum has been researching his English and Bajan ancestry for over 20 years and runs a website dedicated to Caribbean research www.caribbeanroots.co.uk.

He has worked at The National Archives, Kew since 1988 and specialises in Colonial history and genealogy, and especially Caribbean genealogy. He is a qualified archivist and also has a diploma in Genealogy and the History of Family from Birkbeck College, London.

Guy has published three editions of Tracing Your Carribean Ancestors (formerly Tracing Your West Indian Ancestors) and has written several articles on Caribbean and African-Caribbean genealogy. Since 1993 he has given many talks and workshops to archives, family history groups and libraries in London, the Midlands and the South West on sources in the National Archives, genealogy in general, and Caribbean genealogy. Guy has also been one of the expert speakers at Who Do You Think You Are? Live at Olympia.

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  • Caribbean Family History
  • The National Archives Catalogue - Finding People

Celia Heritage BA (Hons) History, Higher Certificate in Genealogy (Website)

Celia Heritage BA (Hons) History, Higher Certificate in GenealogyFamily history has been Celia's passion since she first began tracing her own family tree as a teenager. After studying for her BA in history at King's College, London she later went on to study at the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies and gained a distinction in the Higher Certificate in Genealogy. Celia also worked at the IHGS as Registrar and lecturer before leaving to form her own business (appropriately called Heritage Family History) in 2008. Celia is a regular lecturer for the Society of Genealogists and is also a tutor on the IHGS correspondence course. She was well-known to Practical Family History readers for her many informative articles on family history, while she also runs classroom based family history courses in Kent and gives many talks on genealogy around the country.

More than anything Celia loves to get out on the ground, exploring the places connected with her research; seeing how these places have developed over time and what traces of the past remain in the landscape.

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  • One Place Studies: Research from a New Perspective

Julie Goucher BA (Hons) History (Website)

Julie Goucher BA (Hons) HistoryJulie Goucher trained in pharmacy and eventually went into pharmacy management. A relocation from Surrey to the south west of England provided a possibility to return to University and read history. Having completed a history degree Julie returned to pharmacy moving into pharmacy training and professional development and in 2011 began doing less of pharmacy based work and transitioned into genealogical research and writing.

Julie has been actively researching her own ancestry since the late 1980’s and that of her husband since 1993; inspired by visits to and information from her Great Aunts and Uncles. Her own maternal ancestry is very much focused on the UK Counties of Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire with a degree of migration and links to India, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Her paternal ancestry is from Sicily and it was researching the Italian surname of Orlando that was Julie’s first step into the concept of One-Name Studies, when Julie began noting all the Orlando’s as she researched.

By 2002, when the Orlando surname was registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies the amount of research she had undertaken was significant, although it was the internet age that really enabled the study to become more global and a study on migration from Italy & Sicily to England, United States and beyond. Julie has been the project administrator for the Orlando DNA Project hosted at FamilyTreeDNA since 2007.

Julie now spends her time writing for the In-Depth Genealogist, a US based digital genealogy magazine, writing for a variety of other magazines and books both relevant to genealogy, pharmacy or education & learning. Julie has also presented & lectured at Who Do You Think You Are? Live, the Society of Genealogists and globally either in person or electronically.

View Julie’s LinkedIn profile at http://www.linkedin.com/in/juliegoucher/
  • Introduction to One-Name Studies (901)

Sherry Irvine, BA (History), Msc, Courtenay, BC, Canada

Sherry Irvine, BA (History), Msc, Courtenay, BC, CanadaSherry has taught family history for 30 years. In the classroom for college adult education programs and for credit programs. She has lectured in Canada, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Online, Sherry has instructed for more than fifteen years and was one of the first to present genealogy classes via the Web.

Sherry's genealogical background includes establishing and managing her own business for 11 years, a bookstore and research service. She sold the business to concentrate on writing, teaching and lecturing. Sherry is the author of Your English Ancestry (2nd ed. 1998) and Scottish Ancestry: Research Methods for Family Historians (2003) and co-author of Finding Your Canadian Ancestors (2007). From the start of her career she has been involved in local and professional organizations. In 2005, the Association of Professional Genealogists presented her with the Smallwood Award of Merit for services to the organization and to genealogy.

In September 2015 Sherry retired from regular teaching but she has not left Pharos. She will return from time to time helping in the FHSS program or as a substitute teacher. Meanwhile all that free time, will be filled with her own research and seeing much more of her grandchildren.

  • Periodic assistance in FHSS program and as substitute teacher.



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Emma Jolly, MA in History: Imperialism and Culture (Website)

Emma Jolly, MA in History: Imperialism and CultureAs an historian, Emma holds an MA (with merit) in History: Imperialism and Culture and a BA (Hons) in Intellectual History with Social Sciences. She has written four books dedicated to different aspects of genealogical research and is a regular contributor to family history publications.

A graduate of the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, Emma was awarded the Higher Certificate in Genealogy in 2006 and is a member of the professional research body, the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA).

  • Church and Community, Selected records 1540 - 1800



Antony Marr, PG Cert (Genealogical Studies), Cert Ed. (Website)

Antony Marr, PG Cert (Genealogical Studies),  Cert Ed.Antony has been tracing his own family history for many years and became a professional researcher after retiring from a 30 year career in the Metropolitan Police. He has also worked as Deputy Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages which has given him an in-depth understanding of the civil registration process.

In his police career he was heavily involved in the delivery, design and management of many aspects of police training at the Hendon Training College where he set up the Met's first on-line training design team.

He is a Member of AGRA (The Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives) , holder of a Post Graduate Certificate in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde and a Certificate of Education (PCET) from the University of Greenwich.

Antony has appeared as a featured researcher in the BBC TV programmes Family Finders and Who Do You Think You Are and is a regular speaker at U3A and other local groups on many aspects of family history research. Antony has a particular interest in the history of the 19th and 20th centuries and how that impacts on our families and lives today.

Antony is based in Buckinghamshire.

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  • Victorian Crime and Punishment- Courts, Police and Prisons

Helen Osborn BA (History), MA (Archives & Records Management) Eastbourne, East Sussex, UK (Website)

Helen Osborn BA (History), MA (Archives & Records Management) Eastbourne, East Sussex, UKHelen is Managing Director at Pharos and has been teaching and lecturing on local history, historical records and genealogy for more than 20 years. She is the author of a University of Liverpool accredited distance learning course on records management, and was for many years the Archivist at Young & Co's Brewery PLC. Fifteen years ago she established a successful genealogy research company, Helen Osborn Research Ltd.

Her professional research work originally concentrated on census and civil registration but she is mainly to be found nowadays at The National Archives, Kew, where she is one of their independent researchers. An occasional contributor to family history magazines, she is also the author of three books relating to public houses and brewing and the highly acclaimed 'Genealogy: Essential Research Methods'. Helen's Website can be accessed here: http://www.osbornresearch.co.uk.

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  • Old Handwriting for Family Historians
  • Introduction to One-Name Studies
  • Advanced One-Name Studies
  • Migration in the British Isles
  • Advanced Methods & Reports



Chris Paton, BA (Hons), HND, PgDip ( Genealogical Studies) (Website)

Chris Paton, BA (Hons), HND, PgDip ( Genealogical Studies)Originally from Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland, Chris is a former BBC television documentary maker who since 2006 has run his Ayrshire based family history service, Scotland's Greatest Story (*https://scotlandsgreateststory.wordpress.com/*). A holder of a Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical Studies, he has regularly written content for various British and Irish family history magazines, including Ancestors, Irish Roots, Family Tree, History Scotland, Who Do You Think You Are, Your Family Tree, and his own British GENES (Genealogy News and Events) blog at (*http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk*).

Chris has also written fourteen books on Scottish, Irish and British genealogical themes. These include Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, Discover Scottish Land Records, Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records, British and Irish Newspapers, Discover Irish Land Records, A Decade of Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923, Tracing Your Family History on the Internet (2nd edition), and The Mount Stewart Murder, the story of the longest unsolved murder case in Scotland, for which the victim was his three times great grandmother. (Full details on how to purchase his books can be found at (*http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html*)

In addition to teaching Scottish based family history courses through Pharos, Chris has also previously tutored on the University of Strathclyde's Postgraduate Genealogical Studies courses, and regularly lectures in the UK and overseas in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States and Portugal. He is a director of the Scottish Archive Network Ltd trust, and a member of the user forum for the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland.

  • Scottish Research Online
  • Scotland 1750 - 1850: Beyond the OPRs



Stuart A. Raymond, B.A.(Keele); Dip.Lib. (Wales); MA (Adelaide); Cert. Th. (Exeter) (Website)

Stuart A. Raymond, B.A.(Keele); Dip.Lib. (Wales); MA (Adelaide); Cert. Th. (Exeter)Stuart studied history and politics at Keele University before training as a librarian at what was then the College of Librarianship Wales. He began his career in librarianship at the Yorkshire Archaeological Society in 1975, and spent the 1980s working in Australian academic libraries. Whilst he was working at the YAS, he began researching the probate records of a Cornish parish. In Australia, this became an MA thesis at the University of Adelaide.

In 1990, he returned to England, and has been writing bibliographies, handbooks and manuals for family historians ever since. These included his series of county bibliographies, which aim to identify every printed source likely to be of interest to genealogists. He has also written a series of web directories. More recent titles include, amongst many others, Parish Registers: A History and Guide (Family History Partnership, 2009), The Census 1801-1911: A Guide for the Internet Era,(Family History Partnership, 2009), My Ancestor Was an Apprentice (Society of Genealogists, 2010), My Ancestor Was a Gentleman (Society of Genealogists, 2012), The Home Front 1939-45: A Guide for Family Historians (Family History Partnership, 2012), a 3 volume series on vital records, and The Wills of Our Ancestors (Pen & Sword, 2012). He has recently published Tracing Your Ancestors' Parish Records: A Guide for Family and Local Historians. Stuart has a particular interest in studying genealogical sources: their origins, contents, and uses.

Stuart is a member of the Family History Partnership www.familyhistorypartnership.co.uk which aims to produce cheap but authoritative guides for family historians. He now lives in Trowbridge, Wiltshire.

  • Seventeenth Century Sources
  • Apprenticeship Records
  • The Parish: Officers Clergy and Records



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Malcolm Sadler BSc, PGCE, DipGen, Clearwell, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, UK

Malcolm Sadler BSc, PGCE, DipGen, Clearwell, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, UKMalcolm originally trained as a scientist and brings these skills to bear on genealogical research by only making connections based on hard, proven evidence. He now runs his own family history research company - 'Relative Roots'. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies from Strathclyde University as well as a teaching qualification. Malcolm now researches and writes family histories for clients worldwide, as well as teaching a variety of subjects to adults and children.

Malcolm also writes for Family History magazines, lectures to local Family History Societies and has broadcast on local radio about his village of Clearwell, where he has also done a detailed study of the village and houses in it from the censuses.

He is an Associate Member of AGRA specialising in bringing family trees to life with details from local and national newspaper archives intertwining with local history and census facts to help paint a picture of past people's lives.

He is a regular research visitor to Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gwent Archives and carries out house as well as family histories.


  • Victorian Families in the Census

Gillian Waters, BA, MA, PGDip, PGCE (Website)

Gillian Waters, BA, MA, PGDip, PGCEGillian trained as a Medievalist and has been teaching History for over 25 years, as well as researching her own family history for over 30 years. She is fascinated by the complex relationships between family and local history and national events. After ten years teaching History in secondary schools Gillian worked in the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, 1996-2011 using objects and archives to teach various historical topics to learners aged 3-73. She was the Learning Manger there from 2007-11 creating, developing and organising the activities and courses of the Education Department as well as writing resources, teaching and lecturing, and encouraging many Family History Groups to visit the museum, providing tailored sessions using original objects and archives. Gillian is also teaching Local and Family History courses at York University and adult education centres, and helping others research their histories. She is particularly interested in the ways in which museums and archives can provide not only bare genealogical information, but also the ephemera and artifacts which help to illustrate past lives. Gillian has her own consultancy website here http://www.gillianwaters.co.uk/ and has published her genealogical research so far here http://www.bgwaters.co.uk/ as a working (and inevitably constantly updated) set of webpages.

  • Introduction to Medieval Genealogy


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