I have been researching my own family history in Yorkshire and Ireland for many years and I have an MA in History and a Higher Certificate in Genealogy from the IHGS (Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies). I previously worked as a librarian and records manager in universities and local government and this has given me an in depth knowledge of records and archives and their historical context.
I am very active in Hebden Bridge Local History Society where I am a member of the committee and Assistant Librarian and also provide regular help and advice sessions for those researching their family history. I am a guide for Calderdale Heritage Walks (http://www.calderdaleheritagewalks.org.uk/current.html), planning and running historic walks in the local area. My study into the surname Pickersgill is registered with the Guild of One Name Studies and I have had several articles published on local historical walks.
I have a PTLLS qualification to teach adults and run regular courses on family history at Calderdale Adult Learning and can provide one to one tuition.
Based in the South Pennines, I am ideally located to carry out research in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Westmorland. My research specialisms include Roman Catholic records and other non-conformist registers.
I provide a 30 minute free, no obligation consultation to assess what research could be undertaken.
These are the main areas I specialise in, but contact me if your research is in other areas:
- Birth, marriage and death certificates, 1837 – 2005
- UK censuses 1841 – 1911, Irish censuses 1901 and 1911
- Parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials 1538 – present and other parish material such as poor law records, apprenticeship, settlement and removal orders
- Non-conformist registers of birth, baptism, marriage and burial especially Roman Catholic
- Wills and probate records
- Transcriptions of old documents
- Yorkshire records, especially West Yorkshire
- Lancashire records
- ‘Pickersgill One Name Study’, The Yorkshire Family Historian, September 2013
- ‘Miles Pickersgill’s crime spree’, Cleveland Family History Society Journal, vol 12, no 3, July 2013
- ‘Village life: a visit to West Stow Anglo-Saxon village (Footsteps)’, BBC History Magazine, August 2004
- ‘The farmyard monastery: a visit to Denny Abbey (Footsteps)’, BBC History magazine, June 2004
- ‘Neck and neck at the races: a visit to Newmarket (Footsteps)’, Living History Magazine, May 2004
- ‘All the fun of the fair: a visit to St Ives (Footsteps)’, Living History magazine, March 2004
- ‘Creator of sylvan scenes: a visit to Fenstanton (Footsteps)’, Living History magazine, December 2003
- ‘Going round the houses: a visit to Flag Fen Bronze Age centre (Footsteps)’, Living History Magazine, November 2003