My first involvement in genealogy was as a teenager, when my sisters and I were taken to St Catherine's House, and from that day forward I have been hooked. Genealogy and social history have been obsessions since 1980 and, as well as having a very extensively researched family history of my own, I have an extensive collection for surnames Giltrap and Waymark (and their variants).
I am an Associate of AGRA (Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives) and also a Member of the Guild of One-Name Studies.
As a mathematician with a passion for history, I approach genealogical problems forensically and with an eye for detail. A logical approach means that I explore all possible avenues, considering and weighing up all evidence before drawing any conclusions.
Many branches of my family come from London (north and south of the river) and also from Ireland (Dublin and County Wicklow) but I also have connections in Devon and The Lake District. In short, I have experience of genealogical research in archives all over the UK.
My own family history includes a significant number of military ancestors. I am an experienced researcher of 19th Century and 20th Century military history and make regular visits to the National Archives at Kew as well as to local archives across the country; I am very interested in WW1 Battlefields, with family members buried in or commemorated at Commonwealth War Grave Commission cemeteries and memorials across Belgium and France.
I have worked as a secondary school maths teacher since 1989 and am a recently retired Deputy Head. I continue to teach maths part time and am also a Lieutenant, Head of the Royal Navy Section, in my school's CCF Contingent.
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