Joan040818Researching my family history has become something of a passion. I have followed many lines in my family tree and found out a lot about my ancestors, including a family from Yorkshire who walked the Utah trail in the mid-1800s as part of the Mormon’s settlement in the USA.This website is dedicated to my researches into all the main lines of my family tree.

I also have a one name study for the surname Sarginson registered with the Guild of One Name Studies for which I have a separate website Sarginson family.

While I now live in Oxfordshire, my own family come from the East Riding of Yorkshire and this remains a key interest for me, together with WWI memorials, religious history, and houses/estates.

I give short talks to local family history groups on a range of subjects which include getting started with your family history research and strategies for your brick walls.

I have an MSc in Genealogy, Palaeography and Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde. The projects I undertook included: a migration study into the Yorkshire family who walked the Utah trail in USA, a buildings study on the house my husband’s grandfather recuperated in after he was shot in WWI and my diploma project considered the making and meaning of the WWI war memorial in St Helen’s Churchyard in Escrick, Yorkshire. My Masters dissertation research was on the Irish community in the Walmgate area of York during the period 1841-1861. I am a member of the Register of Qualified Genealogists and a volunteer at my local museum in Thame.