Why Choose Leaves for your Research?
My experience and training allows me to assess and research problems in a variety of ways. I also use my expertise and knowledge of the records to help to identify information and sources that the average researcher may not be aware of.
I have . . .
Over 30 years of family history research experience and many 5 star reviews on:
I am . . .
A qualified genealogist having completed three years of high level training in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies. This training included theory and practical work covering a wide range of skills and research sources – much more than the usual birth, marriage, death and census records, such as:
The background/history and how to use records for genealogical purposes:
- Censuses, civil registers and church records in the UK
- Education and Occupational records
- Military research
- Local government, borough and counties records
- Wills and Inheritance
- Land records in England and Wales
- Ecclesiastical law in England
- Medieval Records and Charters
- Overseas records
As well as:
- Record Keeping
- Report Writing
- Referencing sources
- Using archives effectively
- Palaeography (reading old handwriting)
- DNA research
Read my Dissertation research here:
THE DEAF AND DUMB IN THE 19th CENTURY – An East Yorkshire study of children born deaf between 1840 and 1850. Victorian Deaf & Dumb_dissertation
I will . . .
- Ask you for details of what you already know, to avoid duplicating your own research.
- Do basic checks to ensure your research is correct.
- Give you a timescale for the work to be completed.
- Give fortnightly (at least) updates if the work will take longer than one week -with the exception of portfolio work, unless requested.
- Explain any findings that are not obvious, or explain why information may not be found.
- Verify my findings and conclusions.
- Fully reference and document my findings.
- Use a variety of online sources – not just one.
- For East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire research I will use archive (offline) sources when necessary.
- Refund any full hours that I have not used.
You Can . . .
If you are not satisfied with my work you can:
- Contact me to discuss it.
- Submit a complaint to the Register of Qualified Genealogists.
I can not . . .
- Guarantee I will find what you are looking for.
- Wave a magic wand find records or information that no longer exist.
I will not . . .
- Search for and contact living relatives on your behalf.
- Purchase documents without your express permission – unless they are included in the quoted price.
- Do more research than agreed and charge you for it.
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