I’m one of four children; during my childhood my father’s career moves took us to various parts of England and to the U.S.A. for a couple of years in the late 1960′s. The lack of a close bond with any particular place was probably one of the reasons I started to wonder about my ‘roots’, and in my late teens I started tracing my own ancestry. Genealogy was considered a fairly eccentric hobby at that time, and without the wonders of the internet to help, research was a wonderfully exciting but very slow process!
From school I went to Edinburgh University, reading Social Anthropology and Psychology. I left Edinburgh with my M.A. (First Class) in 1980 and joined a major company as a management trainee, developing my career primarily in recruitment and training. Later, having left full-time work to raise my children, I helped to set up and run a small business which provided me with a very different range of skills.
I don’t regret the years I spent in business, where I learned a great deal about human nature as well as the world of commerce. I never felt that I had found my niche there, though, and in middle age I’m finally concentrating my time and energy on my real strengths – creative writing, art and craft, and genealogy. Avon Ancestry has allowed me to combine all those interests, and I feel very fortunate to be able to share them with other people.
Living in the heart of Shakespeare’s Warwickshire, a beautiful and historical landscape, I’m never far from the footprints of those who have lived and worked here over the centuries. If you have ancestors in this part of the world, I shall be delighted to help you learn more about them and preserve their stories for future generations.