Hello and Welcome to my Website! Family history has been my life-long passion. I started to research my own ancestry in my early teens, and went on to make my passion my career, establishing Kent-based Celia Heritage Family History in 2008.
Since then I have helped hundreds of people discover more about their families. For me, research is not just about recording names and dates but is about really getting under the skins of our ancestors; learning more about the past and how it affected them. My special interests are death records, surnames and exploring history on the ground.
As well as research projects, I am a sought-after speaker and lecturer, regularly giving talks at family history conferences, the Society of Genealogists and the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, where I also gained a distinction in the Higher Certificate in Genealogy.
Over the years I have run a series of popular family history evening classes and I now run The Celia Heritage Family History e-course, a highly successful online family history course, which focuses on enhancing the skills and knowledge of those who wish to carry out their own research.
When I began to teach my first classes, one of the things that struck me was how little attention tutors gave to death records. Although skills in using records such as wills and other probate records would regularly be taught, scant attention was given to the many other sources frequently created on a person's death and which offer a treasure-trove of information for the family historian. This led me to write my first book, Tracing Your Ancestors Through Death Records which was published by Pen and Sword in 2013. A second edition was released in April 2015.
Seven modules packed full of vital information for your family history research