Record Office Searches
Commissioning my Services
|I have been researching
local history and Genealogy for over 25 years. Publishing over 100
articles relating to the history of the East Grinstead area. I also
have significant experience in the study of vernacular architecture and
have been published in the Vernacular Architecture journal which is the
National authority on the subject.
I specialise in the following areas:-
- Family History
- Whether you want to start your research with my guidance or have me
trace your family tree for you, I can provide the expertise to solve
those difficult problems that arise in Genealogy. I can produce
large-scale colour charts of your family tree to mount on a
wall or be the focal point for a family reunion.
- Manorial Records
- To trace family trees and properties prior to 1700 is it usually
necessary to study the Manorial Court records. These records are
normally in Latin until the mid 1700's. I have studied and
translated numerous Manorial records and can use this
expertise to provide details relating to property transactions
and inheritance before 1900.
- Timber Framed Buildings
- I can provide a complete service to interpret your house,
determine its date of construction and also carry out the documentary
research to chart its owners and occupiers over the centuries.
- Historic Landscape sudies
- This is particularly relevant for Parish and Village studies, I use
maps, aerial photography and fieldwork to understand how the landscape
has influenced the settlement patterns. I have previously managed to
identify ancient tracks, medieval field systems, water management for
moated houses as well as early medieval boundaries.
- Professional presentation of
my work. I have Computer Aided Design (CAD)
and Graphics software as well as large format printing capabilities (up
to A0) to provide you with the presentation materials for your project.
This could be an artistic impression of your house when it was built, a
montage of photographs, an illustrated Parish Map or a colourful family
tree... family trees can even be printed up to 10m long!
- Much of my work involves providing photographic
copies of original records from the Record Offices. High resolution
images enable the documents to be easily read and can be sent to you by
email. This enables you to get the specific records you want without
personally going to the Record Office. I can provide this service
across the South East of England including London, but am regularly at
the National Records Office (Kew), Surrey History Centre (Woking), East
Sussex Record Office (The Keep, Falmer), West Sussex Record Office
(Chichester), Kent History Centre (Maidstone) & The
Society of Genealogists (Central London).