About

Evergreen Ancestry is run by Anne Mealia, a professional genealogist and family historian and AGRA Member.

I have been carrying out my own family history research 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. A guide for Calderdale Heritage Walks, I plan and run historic walks in the local area and I have had several articles published on historical walks.  My study into the surname Pickersgill is registered with the Guild of One Name Studies .

Recently I was researcher on the Channel 4 documentary The Queen’s Lost Family, researching Princess Mary’s archives at Harewood House.

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 non-conformist registers.

I am on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Publications

  • ‘Exploring house history’, Hebden Bridge Local History Society Newsletter, September 2019
  • ‘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

Talks

  • Todmorden and the Fieldens, Todmorden Book Festival, 6 November 2019
  • Censuses and house history, South Pennines History Group Study Day, 12 October 2019
  • Life and death in Hebden Bridge 1851 – 1901, Hebden Bridge Local History Society, 27 March 2019
  • Tracing Non-conformist families, Dr John Fawcett bi-centenary, 23 September 2017
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