Caroline Gurney,QG, is a qualified professional genealogist whose work includes family and house history, tracing living people, and DNA analysis. She holds a Master's degree in Family and Local History and is now studying for a PhD. She writes a genealogy column and gives lively talks on family history.
Caroline Gurney,QG, is a qualified professional genealogist and historical researcher whose work includes family and house history, tracing living people, DNA analysis, and research for businesses, authors, and the media. She has a 1st class honours degree in History and a Master's degree with Distinction in Family and Local History. She is currently researching for a PhD at the University of Bristol on Bristol's Jewish community in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Caroline is a sought-after speaker, giving lively talks on a wide range of family history topics. She was a speaker on the Unlock the Past cruises to the Baltic in 2015 and Alaska in 2018. She writes a quarterly column on English genealogy for British Connections, the journal of the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History. She has researched and appeared in documentaries for the BBC and ITV.
Caroline is a Director of the Register of Qualified Genealogists and a member of the Society of Genealogists, the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain, and the Bristol and Avon Family History Society. She is an Associate Member of the Regional History Centre at the University of the West of England.
Caroline lived in Germany and Singapore as a child and served as a British diplomat in Bulgaria and Nigeria. She is a widow with two children and three grandchildren and lives with her cat, Humphrey, beside the sea in Portishead, North Somerset. When not doing historical research she enjoys science fiction and jigsaw puzzles.
A common mistake in genealogy is to concentrate on direct ancestors and ignore their siblings. This excludes one of the most useful resources for family historians, the descendants of your ancestor's siblings, your cousins. This talk explains how they can enrich your family history and break down your brick walls.
Manorial records are a rich source of information about individuals and communities in England from the 12th to the 19th centuries, yet they are seriously underused by family historians. This talk gives an overview of the manorial system, the types of records available, and where to find them.
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