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I studied Early-Modern History at the University of Sussex as a mature student, and became fascinated by social history. Through years of researching my own family tree, I greatly increased my knowledge and passion for social and family history, and consequently I started producing family trees for other people a few years ago.
In 2009 I completed a Masters Degree in Contemporary History, graduating with a distinction. My final dissertation involved researching and examining the migration patterns of rural families in 19th century Sussex. I was lucky enough to be awarded a grant by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in order to continue this research to MPhil level. I was awarded the MPhil in 2016, for my thesis entitled 'Understanding Rural Migration in Late Nineteenth Century England: Taking Parish Research to a New Level'. However, I was still able to work part-time as a genealogist during this time, and qualified as a member of AGRA (the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives) in 2014.
Over the past few years I have also carried out research for various historians, including work on Dr Chris Hare's book on the social history of Worthing, entitled 'Through the Hard Times and the Good'. I have also worked on numerous projects for Dr June Goodfield, author of many publications, including 'Stanmer & the Pelhams', and 'Rivers of Time'.
As a local historian, I also give talks on various topics relating to Sussex history. My latest talks are entitled 'A Turbulent History of Pub Life in Lewes' and 'A History of Sport in Sussex; from the amazing to the bizarre'. Additionally, I am a regular contibutor to Viva Lewes magazine, writing articles on various subjects, and have a monthly slot on the town's long forgotten pubs. Some of my local research on Lewes can be found on my Facebook page
History is an incredibly important (and fascinating) subject, and I believe passionately that we should not forget
who our ancestors were, and the hard times many of them went through in order for us to be where we are today.