Right from an early age, I loved history. I grew up in an old farmhouse and often imagined what it must have been like to live there in the past. All my grandparents were born in the late Victorian period but being the youngest in the family, I sadly only had the opportunity to get to know my maternal grandmother. However, I used to love spending time with her and I often asked her to tell me stories about the family or share memories from her childhood. In my early teens, I visited the grave of my great grandfather, George Alfred Batchelor, and discovered that he had been born around 1858, though I had know idea where. To find out, I visited the General Register Office in London and ordered my first certificate.
After graduating from the University of Leicester, where I studied history, I was fortunate enough to turn my love of family history into a career. I spent over ten years working as a professional genealogist at the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS) in Canterbury, Kent, England, from 1993 to 2005. Having gained the IHGS Higher Certificate and Diploma in Genealogy, I began teaching, writing and lecturing on family history, as well as researching numerous family histories for clients. I am currently a tutor for the Institute’s Correspondence Course in Genealogy and deliver presentations and articles for family history societies and conferences, whilst finding time to write my blog.
In March 2021, I was interviewed as a guest of genealogist, Natalie Pithers, on her Genealogy Stories YouTube Channel, TwiceRemoved. We talked about all sorts of topics related to family history so please click here if you would like to view this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHdBp4-eIcE
© Judith Batchelor 2021