RESEARCH - my personal experience
I began my own family research over 30 years ago well before the internet age. Unable to travel far with a young family and with a time living overseas it was a triumph gaining one piece of information such as a certificate or census printout once every six months - how those documents were poured over and inspected for weeks to follow. This was before the days of internet searching and indexes were all in paper form, letters needed to be written and replies waited for. Six weeks for a reply was the norm.
My career has been spent working in reference and local study libraries, and following redundancy in the summer of 2011 I decided to make research a full time occupation rather than part time, having been doing research commissions for about three years as well as the library work and writing books. I have written three books and co-authored two. I have also compiled a short booklet on a Tetbury public house which was commissioned by the new owner to coincide with their reopening in autumn 2013. I am just starting the research for the next publication due Summer 2020.
Further education and interests
I have completed the IHGS Higher Certificate of Genealogy. Part of my ongoing education is attending local courses. Local archives hold talks and teaching sessions often focusing on some more specialised collections than are the norm. More of my current knowledge base can be found here. I am an AGRA Member and also a member of various interest societies including The Society of Genealogists, Hampshire Genealogical Society, and the Scudamore Family History Group. I was also part of the Gloucestershire Archives focus Group before moving to Somerset.
One place study (unregistered)
A few years back when my husbands family tree couldn’t be traced any further back (they were in Tetbury from at least 1600) I began to fill my hours by collating data from the census onto a huge database which stands at over 25,000 individuals from Tetbury for the period 1780-1911. This has had parish register details added for 50 years, and as I come across data it is 'filed' appropriately. This led me to develop the website Tetbury Families.
Having moved to West Somerset in summer 2016 I am now specialising in Somerset research. Researching and writing my latest book (A-Z of Minehead and Dunster) has helped increase my knowledge of my immediate area. Beginning the research for my next in the same series on Bridgwater is increasing my knowledge of another local town.