“The thing that interests me most about family history is the gap between the things we think we know about our families and the realities” - Jeremy Hardy

In much the same way as I arrived on the planet, I came to genealogy through a ‘chance encounter’ - a task set for me by my beloved father to unearth the identity of his birth parents.

What started out as a labour of love has since turned into an obsession upon which I spend most of my waking hours - and a fair number of those when I’m supposed to be asleep!

Following a long career in banking, I spent 5 years studying with the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, Canterbury, and have been awarded both the Higher Certificate in Genealogy (with distinction) and the Diploma in Genealogy. I am also a member of the Register of Qualified Genealogists and the Society of Genealogists, as well as being actively involved locally with the Alde Valley Family History Group.

I’m now committed to encouraging others to discover the benefits of tracing their ancestry and, in the process, find out more about themselves and the world in which they live.

The services I provide through “Chance Encounters” range from individual research commissions to group training sessions in genealogy and personal development. The work I’ve undertaken to date convinces me that, not only at a societal level, but also at an individual level, the past is a window to the future.

If you would like to know more, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I look forward to working for you.

Most of our ancestors were not perfect ladies and gentlemen. The majority of them weren’t even mammals

Robert Anton Wilson