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“Thank you for your professional, efficient service – the information and explanatory comments you provided has helped me understand the overall picture of events relating to my research.  “ – D.D. County Durham

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We have been delighted with the work produced by Leaves. It was produced on time and within budget. The information that we were provided with exceeded that which we expected to receive and it was set out in an easy to understand fashion. Dealing with the proprietor was easy: she was very friendly and client orientated. We would definitely return to this firm for any genealogical work that we require to be done in England. [May 2018]

Rogerson Law Group, Toronto, Canada

I am very pleased with the research carried out for me by Anne in relation to two family lines from Lincolnshire.   In both cases, previous research had reached a brick wall.   Anne took up the threads, and carried out meticulous, detailed research  which enabled us in one case to identify from strong circumstantial evidence the parents of the ancestor where the genealogy had got stuck before.    In the other case, Anne gathered circumstantial evidence to show that our ancestors were probably Protestant non-conformists from the Boston area.    Anne explored every possible avenue in trying to trace back further in time.   She then produced excellent, well-explained and step-by-step reports which were easy to understand and very thorough.

I am delighted to have discovered Leaves Family History.  If we decide to explore any more of our Lincolnshire ancestral lines, I will definitely be back.

S. A. Norfolk
Very good service by an experienced family historian with excellent local knowledge.
Anne did a wonderful job in researching my partners family history, albeit a challenging one !. Her approach is friendly and the communications were great. The final book (and may I say a quality item in itself ) made a great Xmas present . I would without hesitation recommend Leaves to anyone who wants a great value, friendly and comprehensive service. Thank you.
C.P. Lincolnshire, (as seen on
Highly recommended. Excellent service.
M.S. Lincolnshire
Thanks you so much for the in depth report going back to early 1800s. Hugely appreciated and very detailed. Highly recommended!
G.U. London
Thanks for putting together the family history package. You have unearthed some very interesting family connections, and we are pleased with the result. In particular it was great to finally discover the origin of the first part of my surname, which was nothing like the story that my family understood
C. N-H. Australia

Personalised Coaching

The advantage of seeking individual guidance when searching a family tree cannot be understated. I had thought about joining an evening/day class but you wouldn’t get such attention. Anne introduced us to various family research websites and advised us on the best way to search. She obviously has a wide knowledge of the subject and probably saved us days of unproductive searching.
K.T. East Yorkshire, (as seen on Yell)
Thank you for the coaching session at the East Riding archives. I really learned a lot and progressed quicker than I would have done without your help. Many thanks and I will no doubt be contacting you in the future.
A.B. Leven, East Yorkshire

Other Reviews

Dear Anne,

I wanted to send a note to say how delighted I was having come across your articles about deaf and dumb people using language as was acceptable n 1800s).

I have been researching my father’s side of the family. His grandfather born 1850 in Cardiff (family originally from Glastonbury) was deaf and dumb and his wife was as well. Your articles written in a nice user friendly manner increased my understanding of those days, allowing me to try and picture life then.  A huge thank you.

John H. Oxford
Our centre users have learnt so much from attending Anne’s Family History courses and everyone has enjoyed themselves. The classes are always really informative, helpful in building people’s confidence and in giving them the knowledge to carry out research on their own. A really friendly environment with lots of interesting activities
Robert Cary, Unity In Community, Hull
Very informative course and Anne is very good at helping and explaining things
S.W. Hull
Excellent from start to finish. I found it riveting and wonderfully informative
J.K-F. Hull


At our March meeting this year (2016) we had an unknown speaker to our group Mrs Anne Sherman, who had put together her newest talk. So we did wonder what to expect. It was entitled “Parish Registers: History Gaps and Usage”. I know that it certainly surprised some of our members, you think you know all there is in relationship to parish registers, but you are wrong.

This was a brief history of how parish registers in England and Wales came into being, and the ways that they have changed over the centuries. I am sure we have all come across the registers where there were things written in the margins to make use of the paper. Not very good when one of your own is hidden away somewhere in those. It also looked at why there were gaps in some registers, (Again usually the one you want) the reasons that they were brought into use, and moving into the present time how to access them online.

I thought it might be all full of dates and no story but Anne certainly knows what she is talking about, and she put the talk over very well. I would certainly recommend this talk or any of her others.

June Staniforth, Doncaster & District Family History Society
“Anne Sherman gave a talk to the members of Howden and District U3A entitled Family History: Getting started. Anne gave a clear outline of the nature of Family History and illustrated various aspects by means of a very helpful screen presentation. Her talk was well attended and much enjoyed by the audience.
Roger Watkins, Howden U3A. (Speaker Finder)

Conducted Research for BBC One’s Who Do You Think You Are?


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