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St Saviour, Southwark
St Saviour, Southwark

A freelance professional genealogist since 2005, I undertake research at all major London record offices as well as local record offices in London and Middlesex. I also carry out family history and related research in Surrey and Sussex and Metropolitan districts of London formerly in Kent.  I  have considerable experience researching a wide range of records, many of which are detailed on subsequent pages.  I am a member of the Society of Genealogists,  I have helped numerous clients in the UK and overseas to learn more of their family history, discover more about a particular individual, find documentary evidence or to break down a brickwall (see feedback). With decades of experience of research in many record offices, I can help you discover your family history or add detail to your own research.

 

Have you come to a standstill or hit a difficulty?  So much more may be waiting to be discovered - please e-mail your enquiry for a free initial assessment. 

 

 

Family history and related research in LONDON, MIDDLESEX and SURREY

 

A reliable, efficient and individual service from an experienced London genealogist

 

I visit the London archives every week and undertake research at:

 

  • The National Archives (Kew)
  • London Metropolitan Archives
  • Westminster Archives (City of Westminster Archives, COWA)
  • Westminster Reference Library (performing arts, stage and theatre)
  • Guildhall Library
  • British Library (India Office aka Asia & African Studies Room)
  • British Library (Newspaper Reading Room, Newsroom, formerly Colindale)
  • Camden Archives
  • Islington Local History Centre
  • Southwark Local History Library
  • Kensington Local Studies Library
  • Wandsworth Archives (Battersea Library)
  • Friends' Library (Quakers)
  • Principal Probate Registry (wills from 1858)


I can also undertake family history and related research in Surrey and West Sussex at:

 

  • Surrey History Centre
  • Croydon Local Studies Library
  • West Sussex Record Office

 

Payment methods accepted: Paypal, sterling cheque, sterling bankers' draft. 

No extra charges for travelling time, report writing or travel expenses to any of the archives listed above.  Other archives by special arrangement. 

 

London born and bred, I have been researching my own family history for over 30 years.  I have traced my family back from recent generations in Southwark, Camden and Islington, through 180 years of London history, into Dorset, Wiltshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Surrey, Essex and Middlesex, encountering members of the Church of England, Catholics and Independent Congregationalists along the way.  In doing so, I have discovered branches of my family spread across the world.


Genealogy is a wonderful hobby.  It is absorbing and fascinating, full of surprises and every discovery provides a fresh lead to investigate.  Over the years I have built up a sound knowledge of the records available in the London record offices.   For anyone with ancestors in London, particularly in the 18th and 19th century, the London archives can be a rich source of information and many sources can be overlooked.  Travelling to London record offices can be time-consuming, impractical and expensive and is often not an option for those overseas. 

Please e-mail details of your research enquiry for a free initial assessment or use the

                                                enquiry form 

 

Please provide in your e-mail (or in an attachment of up to 3 pages) any information you feel is relevant.  I regret that I cannot provide a free initial assessment if I'm asked to visit a website to locate information from your published family tree.

 

If you don't have the information to hand, you can ask me a quick question about your family history research problem and I'll advise whether I can access relevant records for a search.  I'll let you know if I need any further information or copies of documents before I can provide a quote for a search.  

 

Please bear in mind I am a professional researcher, so I don't offer a free look-up service.

 

I regret that I am unable to respond to enquiries for general information.


If you prefer, you can send your enquiry by  post .

I have also undertaken documentary research for authors, working on topics as diverse as WW2 prisoner-of-war escape attempts; tracing a 19thC clockmaker working in London (for a county history); WW2 Royal Air Force squadron logs and diaries; and researching a London family who left to run a business in a neighbouring county.  In 2012, I produced a handlist of useful research resources for the Crime Writers’ Association.  

Coming from overseas to find your roots in England?   I can help you get the most from your stay.  Pre-visit planning helps use your time efficiently and ensures you visit the correct archive to view the records you need to research your family history.

 

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