Meet our students

RQG takes particular pleasure in acknowledging the effort and commitment being made by students who are devoting two or even three years to advanced study in genealogy and family history. Our student members are entitled to many of the benefits enjoyed by Qualified Genealogists, and they are guaranteed to be accepted as full members once they have received their qualification. This page shows some of our 40+ student members. These are names for the future in genealogy and family history.

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Allen, Mark markallen@qualifiedgenealogists.org

Mark is currently studying for the MSc in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies at the University of Strathclyde. He first took an interest in genealogy in the 1980s, and then took up more serious research about 20 years ago. Based near Nottingham, his main geographical interest is in the Peak District region of the UK.

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Ball, Barbara     barbaraball@qualifiedgenealogists.org

Barbara has a Pg.Cert. from the University of Strathclyde, and is studying there for her Ph.D. in History/Genealogy. Her interests are nineteenth century Ohio, cartographic modeling, and demographics.

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Bertram, Ruth     ruthbertram@qualifiedgenealogists.org

Ruth is a PG Diploma student in Genealogical Studies at the University of Strathclyde. Based in Perthshire in Scotland, she is interested in UK and Ireland research as well as migration worldwide. Previously a lawyer for over 20 years, she has a particular interest in Scottish legal documents.

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Bodle, Natalie nataliebodle@qualifiedgenealogists.org
Natalie has completed the PG Certificate in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies at the University of Strathclyde. A native of Northern Ireland and still resident there, she is particularly interested in Irish and Ulster-Scots ancestral research, house histories and ancestral heritage tours. Formerly an experienced tutor, project manager and quality manager, she delivers regular genealogy evening courses for amateur genealogists.
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Brown, Stephen stephenbrown@qualifiedgenealogists.org
Steve is studying for the PG Certificate in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies at the University of Strathclyde, intending to move onto the Diploma in autumn 2020. He also teaches scuba and photography; current genealogy interests include Irish records as well as dreaming of finding a pirate somewhere in the family.

Ann Stewart Burns

Burns, Ann Stewart     annstewartburns@qualifiedgenealogists.org

Ann is a student in the PG certification program at the University of Strathclyde. Her interests include family research with historical context concentrating primarily on Scottish and Irish records, Y DNA surname studies and Scottish medieval history. She resides near Boston, Massachusetts.

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Celotto, Andre     andrecelotto@qualifiedgenealogists.org

Andre has a PLCGS (Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies) from Canada. He is a PG Certificate student at the University of Strathclyde. Born in Brazil and based in Toronto, his interested in DNA investigation, Italian Dual Citizenship, Italian Immigration to Brazil and South America, Family Tree and Historical research.

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Douglas, Hugh     hughdouglas@qualifiedgenealogists.org

Hugh is studying for the Strathclyde postgraduate certificate. He has a 20+ year background in the software industry and has an interest in developing new applications of technology in genealogical research as well as traditional genealogical research.

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Framingham, Emma     emmaframingham@qualifiedgenealogists.org

Based in Grantham, Emma is an experienced genetic genealogist.She is currently studying with the University of Strathclyde working towards Masters in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies.


Harries, Melanie melanieharries@student.regqualgenes.org

Currently based in Dagenham, Melanie is studying with IHGS for their Higher certificate and plans to continue onto their Diploma course. She has been researching her family for over 30 years and was an Executive PA in London for 15 years. Her research interests include Genetic Genealogy and Welsh and Scottish genealogy.

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Hunter, Michelle     michellehunter@qualifiedgenealogists.org

Michelle is currently studying for the Post-Graduate Certificate in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies at the University of Strathclyde and intends to continue on to the Diploma and the Masters. As a ‘yellow belly’ herself, she is especially interested in Lincolnshire family history. She is based in Lincoln.

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Molyneux, Gill     gillmolyneux@qualifiedgenealogists.org
Gill is a Pg Diploma student at the University of Strathclyde (Pg Certificate completed Summer 2018) and relatively new to genealogy; as yet, she has not developed any special interests – she is just interested in everything. Her background is in clinical data management, database administration and website content management. She lives in North Yorkshire.

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Mooney, Ian;  ianmooney@qualifiedgenealogists.org
Ian is studying for the PG Certificate in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies at the University of Strathclyde and intends to move onto the Diploma in autumn 2019. His interest in genealogy stems from his first degree in History. His current interests include Scottish and Irish records as well as Poorhouse/Workhouse histories.

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Nowlan, Heather     heathernowlan@qualifiedgenealogists.org

Based in Northampton, Heather is studying with IHGS for their Higher Certificate, and plans to continue to their Diploma, then the Strathclyde Master’s. Her research interests include families with a history of insanity and Irish records.

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Pettyfer, Sarah     sarahpettyfer@qualifiedgenealogists.org

Based in Surrey, Sarah is studying for the Higher Certificate in Genealogy with IHGS and intends to progress to their Diploma. Sarah’s research interests are in Surrey and Yorkshire and she intents to specialise in maritime ancestry. Her background is in Family Law.

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Reid, Dr. Joan     joanreid@qualifiedgenealogists.org

Joan is studying for the postgraduate diploma in Genealogy at the University of Strathclyde. She is running a one name study of the surname Sarginson which is registered with the Guild of One Name studies. Her interests also include: WW1 war memorials and religious history.


Rick, Rachel     rachelrick@student.regqualgenes.org
Rachel is currently studying for the IHGS Higher Certificate in Genealogy. Based in Liverpool, she has 30 years’ experience in Genealogy and Local History Research. Rachel has extensive knowledge of Merseyside and Lancashire archives, and is well versed in accessing records from across the UK and Ireland.
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Sanouillet, Sorcha     sorchasanouillet@qualifiedgenealogists.org
Sorcha has the postgraduate Certificate from the University of Strathclyde. She was formerly an editor of bilingual dictionaries and technical writer. She has French, Italian and some Latin, and her interests include women’s employment, particularly in teaching, and Huguenot communities in Britain and Ireland. Originally from Northern Ireland, Sorcha was brought up in Scotland, and now lives in Hertfordshire.
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Snyder, Chad     chadsnyder@qualifiedgenealogists.org

Chad is an attorney in California studying for the Strathclyde Postgraduate Certificate. His interest in genealogy stems from a love of history and his being an adoptee wanting to discover more about his heritage. Chad’s interests include genetic genealogy and helping other adoptees locate their biological families.

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Tabern, Grace     gracetabern@qualifiedgenealogists.org

Grace is currently studying for the Higher Certificate in Genealogy with IHGS and intends to continue on to complete the Diploma. She has already completed the Advanced Diploma in Local History with Oxford University. Her background is in business. She was Managing Director of her own property company for many years and served as a Director of the local Chamber of Commerce. Her research areas include Lancashire and North West England, Business/Company heritage and non-conformism.

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Taylor, Eunice     eunicetaylor@qualifiedgenealogists.org

Eunice has a background in project management and nonprofits, but has always had a keen interest in family history. In the last two years whilst living in China, she completed the PG Certificate in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies at the University of Strathclyde whilst offering genealogy services to‘expat’ families. Now living back in Scotland, she is working on developing her passion for genealogy into a business. Her interests are Scottish and Irish History, genetic genealogy and migration.

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Tolson, Richard     richardtolson@student.regqualgenes.org
Richard is studying for the PG Certificate in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies at the University of Strathclyde, intending to move on to the Diploma and the MSc. He is particularly interested in Military and Ancient History and has written a book about the experiences of the people of his local parish during WW1. He is based in Northumberland.

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Waters, Dr. Penny     pennywaters@qualifiedgenealogists.org
Penny is a highly experienced university lecturer and holds a PhD in ethics. Her diverse interests are in ethical dilemmas within genealogy; the psychology of searching; adoption; diaspora; Irish heritage; mixing DNA results with a paper trail; slave history; the professionalization of genealogy; family history in Egypt; and genealogy tourism.

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Whale, Lorraine     lorrainewhale@qualifiedgenealogists.org
Lorraine is based in Surrey and is studying for the Higher Certificate in Genealogy with IHGS; after which she will take on the IHGS Diploma. Lorraine has always been interested in people, having spent 20+ years in HR Management; no specialism as yet but currently researching a fascinating House/Pub history.

Wilshaw, Kathy     kathywilshaw@qualifiedgenealogists.org
Kathy has the Advanced Diploma in Local History from Oxford University and is about to start the MSc in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies at the University of Strathclyde. Alongside being a genealogist, she has worked extensively with adoption agencies helping to reunite birth and adoptive families, and she has a special interest in the history of asylums and the treatment of mental illness.