I’ve been keenly interested in my own family history for a long time. Difficult not to be perhaps with cousins,1st, 2nd 3rd and beyond, around me in Orkney where I was born and brought up.
I studied with the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, and gained a postgraduate diploma in Genealogical Studies in 2011, external validation for my skills and learning. I also have an MA Honours degree in French and postgraduate qualifications in librarianship and secondary school teaching (Welsh medium).
My work experience over 30 years or so equipped me well for becoming a Scottish genealogist and setting up Janealogy in 2012. Research, information and project management, enquiry handling, lesson planning and simply being organised are just a few of the relevant skills gained in the public, third and higher education sectors.
My Orkney roots are very important to me and I regularly write articles for the Orkney Family History Society magazine, Sib Folk News. I am also a member of the Central Scotland Family History Society, Scottish Genealogy Society and the Scottish Local History Forum.