Let us help you discover your unique family history

We all have a history to explore.
Let me help you discover yours.
In the 1980's as a History undergraduate, 
I started exploring the archives to discover
my own family history. Through that work 
my passion for genealogy was born. 
Back then records were not available 
on the internet and conducting research was challenging, but I was hooked and remain so to this day. 

Following a long career in nursing as a 
Consultant Nurse in the NHS and 
achieving a Doctorate in Nursing, 
I decided to switch careers and pursue 
that long held passion for genealogical 
research. I went back to university 
and was successfully awarded an 
MSc in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic studies from the University of Strathclyde.


My maternal grandmother
Jane (Jenna) Tweddle




My paternal grandmother
Annie Dixon Torrance Mackie Allan

Now I want to use my passion, expertise and specialist knowledge to help others discover the full picture of their family tree, unearthing the interesting stories they have to tell, and answering questions about their background they may have had for years. Every family tree has a story and there is always something interesting to learn. I am a member of the Register of Qualified Genealogists, Society of Genealogists, and Glasgow and West of Scotland Family History Society. I have specialist knowledge of Scotland, Ireland, Northern England, migration and military history, but I am not limited to these areas and will strive to assist with any queries you may have. I look forward to being able to assist you in exploring your ancestry and discovering more about your unique family history.

Why do I need a professional Genealogist ?

Accuracy, Expertise,Quality

Professional genealogists have a wide knowledge of the types of problems that face researchers in tracking families through the generations. This helps us to tackle challenging  research problems in a cost effective and efficient way.

There are a number of different archives and more obscure resources that can be accessed online and in person that might provide clues to your family history.

There are many unproven and inaccurate family trees on the internet that can lead you down the wrong path. Working with a professional genealogist can help to ensure that the information on your family is accurate and as comprehensive as possible. 

A professional genealogist will always hold to the Genealogical Proof standards and ensure that there are multiple sources that back up any research. 

The use of DNA has become far more widespread in recent years but the interpretation of the results can be problematic. You know who your relatives are, but don't know where they fit. Let me help!

Working with a qualified genealogist with more than 40 years of research experience ensures that you receive professional research of a high quality.



What we do

We specialise in discovering your family ancestry and the stories of those who have gone before 

Family Histories

We have a number of packages available to research your family line or you can choose to fund specific research. 

You will receive a written report and family chart

All research will be carried out to the highest standard and will hold to the Genealogical Proof standard. 

See our services page for further details 

House Histories

Discover the history of your house- when was it built, who owned it and who were the people who stayed there through time?

We can utilise records such as sasines, land records, wills, valuation reports and census documents to explore the history of your home. 

Document transcription

We can travel to a range of Archives in Scotland and Northern England to transcribe specific documents that you may require for your research. 

Some older documents can be difficult to read and understand, but our specialist palaeographic training can assist with this.    



Lecturing and Tutoring 

Have you started on your journey and need a little help from a professional to answer these questions ?

How do I start ?

How do I  make progress ?

How do I breakdown a brick wall ? 

Sometimes we all need help and a professional genealogist can provide support.

Bespoke Research 

Do you have a particular question you need help with ?

Want to track your relatives' military career?

Interested in the migration journey of your ancestors?

Get in touch and we can design a package specific to your needs.

DNA matching 

DNA helps to resolve questions regarding ancestral lines. 

DNA matches often raise more questions than answers.

For those who have tested and want to understand its significance, or for those who haven't and want to understand how it fits into their family tree, I can help decipher the results of DNA testing. 


Gift vouchers 

Know someone that wants to learn more about their family?

Why not give them an original gift of family research. Ideal for birthdays and Christmas.

Evouchers available to suit every budget. Get in touch to purchase a voucher.


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