Welcome to My Website

Ever since I was a small child I have been fascinated by the past.  I loved to hear my grandmother’s stories and I liked to ask her important questions such as “Who was your best friend?” and “What was your most amazing birthday present?” In my early teens, I visited the General Register Office in London to search for a reference to my great grandfather’s birth and ordered my first certificate. From then on, I was hooked! Family history became my passion.  

At Leicester University I gained a BA Honours degree in History (of course!) I was then fortunate enough to turn my interest into a career, spending over ten years working as a professional genealogist at the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies in Canterbury, Kent, England. There I gained the Higher Certificate and Diploma in Genealogy and began teaching, writing and lecturing on family history as well as researching numerous family histories.  I also authored and became a tutor for the correspondence course run by the Institute.

After some time living in Chicago, USA, where I had the opportunity of running a course on British Ancestry at the Newberry Library, I moved back across the pond.  I have now decided to merge my passion for family history and teaching by writing this blog, sharing some of my experiences and knowledge with readers.

If you are interested in knowing more about me, I was interviewed as a guest of genealogist, Natalie Pithers, on her Genealogy Stories YouTube Channel, TwiceRemoved (March 2021). She asked me questions about when I first became interested in family history, my favourite time period, which ancestor I find the most fascinating, etc. and we talk about all sorts of topics related to family history. To view this video, please click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHdBp4-eIcE

Thank you for visiting my website. Happy browsing!

Genealogy Jude

© Judith Batchelor 2021