My voyage into genealogy started about 20 years ago when my father-in-law died. He had spent many years tracing his family history and I thought it would be nice to finish what he had started. At that time I did not realise that you never finish family history!
What started as a hobby quickly turned into a passion. I soon discovered that family history is more than collecting lists of names and dates on your tree. To really bring your ancestry to life you also need to know what was happening at the time both locally and nationally.
So I embarked on postgraduate research ‘Migration to Fletton 1841 to 1911’. This has given me a unique insight into a locality, how industry shaped a community and valuable experience at researching and report writing.
Once I had finished my Phd I felt that I needed to share my discoveries with a wider audience. I registered Fletton with the Society for One – Place Studies and developed a website and blog to compliment and share my research.
Family history research can be a lonely occupation and it is good to share your highs and lows with like minded people. A local family history society or local history society is an ideal place to do this. I am a member of Fachrs (Family and Community Historical Research Society) where I am a member of the book review team, BALH (British Association for Local History), Huntingdonshire Local History Society, Peterborough Local History Society and PDFHS (Peterborough and District Family History Society) where I am the society secretary and journal editor.
I am passionate about sharing family and local history with a wider audience. I have led workshops at Family Tree Live into Researching Your Local Area and What the Census Can Tell Us. I have had articles published in local society journals, Destinations (the journal of the Society for One – Place Studies) and Discover Your Ancestors.
Despite a wealth of experience I am always keen to learn more. To further hone my writing skills I have taken Gill Blanchard’s Writing Your Family history course. I am currently undertaking the Correspondence Course in Genealogy with the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies.
Whatever your requirement you can be confident that I can provide a professional service with many years experience.
Please contact me to discuss your requirements. Dr Sadie McMullon firstname.lastname@example.org