I have been researching my own ancestry since 1986 and that of my husband’s since 1993.

My maternal family line is predominately located in the South East of England – Surrey, Hampshire and Sussex and in particular just those few miles where the boundaries of the 3 Counties meet.  In reality, the vast majority of my family didn’t really move outside of these 3 Counties for over 200 years. Whilst that might appear an easy set of family names to research, I have the added complication of several family names appearing more than once! It was through this research that I established that my maternal Grandparents were 6th Cousins, although they did not know this. Sadly, both have passed away, but I wonder what they would have made of that!

One of my maternal Great Grandfathers hailed from Warwickshire before moving to Surrey in the 1890’s. I also have interests in other Counties such as Northamptonshire.

As my research developed, there have been branches that have migrated to other parts of the world – India, Australia, New Zealand, Canada to name a few.

My paternal family line is in Sicily which explains my interest in all things Italian.

Meanwhile, my husband’s ancestry is typically confined to Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, County Durham, Huntingdonshire, Yorkshire and then across the border into Scotland. There is also several lines of this family that have migrated away from the British Isles to the United States and Australia.

Genealogical software

I use Roots Magic for my own family history and for my specific genealogical studies; for the three Guild of One-Name Studies registered surnames and also for my One-Place Studies. In the latter part of 2017 I have been working on filing a very large pile of genealogical records and digitising the various records. I use TNG for displaying my One-Name & One-Place Studies.

I also use Evernote and One Note to capture information across all of my genealogical interests.