I studied English Language and Literature at Manchester University and specialised in Old English, Middle English and medieval manuscripts during my time there. Little did I realise that deciphering manuscripts at university would be an excellent grounding for the future. From parish records written in Latin to the scrawling handwritten census entries from the 1800s - my magnifying glass can overcome most hurdles.
I became a family historian after working for many years as an English teacher. I have always had a keen interest in history and this led to me creating my own family tree when my eldest son was born nearly fifteen years ago. When I started to undertake family history research for other people I realised I enjoyed it just as much. The thrill of finding a record that holds the key to a whole generation of people is amazing!
I have lived and worked in different areas of the UK and the world, including France, Greece, Spain and New Zealand. More recently, my family and I have been lucky enough to return to my hometown of Saltburn-by-the-sea in North Yorkshire, however, working alongside many different cultures and characters over the years has undoubtedly given me a deeper understanding of human nature, which is invaluable when trying to fathom the occasional mysterious family member.