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 70+ student members. These are names for the future in genealogy and family history.


Barton, David     davidbarton@qualifiedgenealogists.org

David has been a keen amateur genealogist for over 20 years, and is currently studying on the IHGS Correspondence Course in Genealogy as a precursor to sitting their higher level examinations. His research is primarily UK-based, and he is developing a particular interest in pre-1813 parish registers and pre-1841 population surveys.

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Baxter, Cinda     cindabaxter@student.regqualgenes.org

Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Cinda is a board-certified (CG) professional genealogist; Assistant Director, Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed); Director, Association of Professional Genealogists (APG); Website Coordinator, Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG); Mentor, ProGen 53; and MSc student in Genealogical, Paleographic, and Heraldic Studies, University of Strathclyde.

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Blair, Nick     nicholasblair@student.regqualgenes.org

Nick is studying for the PGDip in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies at the University of Strathclyde. A Glaswegian living in Wiltshire, his interests include mining history and the county of Ayrshire in Scotland. He is also the manager of the Loggie one-name study (Guild of One Name Studies).

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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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Boeren, John johnboeren@student.regqualgenes.org
John holds a law degree from Tilburg University in the Netherlands and has completed the Professional Development and English Records Certificates (PLCGS) at the National Institute for Genealogical Studies in Canada. He is now studying for the PG Certificate in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies at the University of Strathclyde. He is a full-time professional genealogist, specialising in Dutch research, with 30+ years of experience. He is based in the south of the Netherlands.

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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Constanti, Lisa   lisaconstanti@student.regqualgenes.org

Lisa is studying the PG Certificate in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies at the University of Strathclyde and plans to move onto the PG Diploma later this year, followed by the MSc after. Her genealogical interests include Cypriot ancestry and family research, Cambridgeshire family History, Heraldry, House studies and English/Scottish records.

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Coy, Sarah     sarahcoy@student.regqualgenes.org

Sarah is studying part time for the Higher Certificate in Genealogy on the IHGS Correspondence Course whilst working as a long-haul pilot based at Heathrow. She has 20 years of experience as an amateur genealogist tracing family in Yorkshire, Lancashire, Lincolnshire and Cumbria. She is based in Bingley, West Yorkshire.

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Dixon, Dr. Nicholas     nicholasdixon@student.regqualgenes.org

Nicholas is studying towards a postgraduate certificate in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies at the University of Strathclyde. He was awarded a PhD in History by the University of Cambridge in 2019 and is now based in London. His genealogical research interests include maritime occupations, disputes concerning inheritance and workhouses.

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Dunne, Debbie     deborahdunne@student.regqualgenes.org

Debbie is based in Surrey, studying for a PG Diploma in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies at the University of Strathclyde. Her areas of interest cover the British Isles, USA, Canada and Australia, particularly in the London area, migration and the medieval period.

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Grant, Diane     dianegrant@student.regqualgenes.org

Diane is based in London and is about to start the MSc in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies at the University of Strathclyde (September 2020). Her interests are in Caribbean and Latin/South American genealogy.


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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Hooper, Kirsty kirstyhooper@student.regqualgenes.org

Warwickshire-based Kirsty is studying for the University of Strathclyde’s PG Certificate. She has over thirty years’ experience of genealogical research, house history and local history in England and Wales. Her particular area of expertise is the history and genealogy of Britain’s Anglo-Spanish (including Basque, Catalan, Galician and Filipino) communities during the long nineteenth century.

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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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Jennifer, Dr. Dawn     dawnjennifer@student.regqualgenes.org

Dawn is studying the MSc Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies at the University of Strathclyde. A dual citizen of the UK and South Australia, her research interests include English and Australian genealogies, tracing ancestry through the maternal line, and interpreting old family photograph.

Dr Sophie Kay

Kay, Dr. Sophie     sophiekay@student.regqualgenes.org

Based in Berkshire, U.K., Dr. Sophie Kay is a full-time professional genealogist, educator and freelance writer at Khronicle. She is currently studying for the Higher Certificate in Genealogy with IHGS and her specialisms include genealogical mapping, death records and historical occupations. A former research scientist from the University of Oxford, she can also offer professional expertise in DNA extraction, analysis and genetic genealogy.

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Keigher, Melissa     melissakeigher@student.regqualgenes.org

Melissa is currently a student of the part-time MSc in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies at the University of Strathclyde, and also a Registered Nurse based in Canada. Her interests include Irish, Scottish & English based research, as well as the Keigher one-name study (Guild of One Name Studies).

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Kenyon, Joanne      joannekenyon@student.regqualgenes.org

Joanne is currently studying for the MSc in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies at the University of Strathclyde. Her interests include tracing her Welsh ancestry and researching her one-named-study for the Forrest surname (Guild of One Name Studies). Joanne has a keen interest in Lancashire history and occupations. Originally from Burnley, Lancs she now resides in Staffordshire in the West Midlands.

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Kimber, Sarah      sarahkimber@student.regqualgenes.org

Based in Carmarthenshire, Sarah is a law graduate and is currently studying full time for the MSc in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies at the University of Strathclyde. Her genealogical interests are wide ranging however she particularly enjoys researching the development of women’s rights, house histories and criminal registers.

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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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Nunn, Jade     jadenunn@student.regqualgenes.org

Jade has just started her MSc in Genealogy through Strathclyde University. Finding her own father at 21, she has worked on adoption cases here in the UK to as far as New Zealand using records and DNA. Jade recently wrote for Legacy Tree in September 2020 and is a lead researcher for Father Nicholas Schofield’s book ‘Victorian Crusaders: British and Irish Volunteers in the Papal Army, 1860-70.’ She also likes to research WW1 medals and silks and reunite them to the family.

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Parkinson, John     johnparkinson@student.regqualgenes.org
John is currently studying for the MSc in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies at the University of Strathclyde. His research interests include the lives of health practitioners, and of speakers of Esperanto. Australian born, but now residing in Powys, Wales.
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Pearson, Donna     donnapearson@student.regqualgenes.org
Donna has completed her PG Certificate in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies at the University of Strathclyde, and is looking forward to beginning the Diploma in 2021/22. She has been interested in Genealogy since being given the family Bible, which includes over 100 years of her family’s history in Lincolnshire.

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Phillips, Jenni    jenniferphillips@qualifiedgenealogists.org

Jenni is studying for the PG Diploma in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies at the University of Strathclyde. Based in Cardiff, her research focuses on South Wales and South West England. She is a committee member for the local family history society and has given talks on genealogy-related topics.


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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Ross, Dr. Kathie     kathieross@student.regqualgenes.org
Kathie is based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and is currently studying the PG Diploma in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies at the University of Strathclyde. She loves the puzzle of palaeography and her many years of researching her diverse family background has resulted in widespread interests, which include Canada, US, England, Scotland, Ireland, Norway and Sweden.
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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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Sarantis, Sonja sonjasarantis@student.regqualgenes.org

Sonja is a qualified solicitor (BSc & LLB) based in Surrey and is currently studying part-time through IHGS on their correspondence course. She is an alumni of Strathclyde University’s Genetic Genealogy Course and has a special interest in unknown parentage and adoptee cases, having successfully solved several NPE’s. Sonja is actively documenting and connecting her South African roots from 17th-20th centuries back to Kent, Cambridgeshire, Dumfries in Scotland and Norway.

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Skirrow, Janet     janetskirrow@student.regqualgenes.org

Janet has just started the PG Certificate in Genealogical Studies at the University of Strathclyde. Originally from Salford, she now lives in the Peak District. Janet was previously CEO of a charity in Sheffield; her work included community regeneration and programme management. She has been researching her family tree for over 3 years, focusing on two male lines: the French Huguenot Bays or de Bays ancestors and the Parnells.

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Smith, Emily     emilysmith@student.regqualgenes.org

Emily is studying on the IHGS Correspondence Course in Genealogy, after previously completing a BA HONS Degree in History. She is a keen genealogist for over 20 years with a special interest in genealogy, house histories and WWI. Her research includes records from all over England (in particular Suffolk, Midlands, Cumbria and Lancashire), Wales, Scotland, Canada, USA and Australia.

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Stead, Philip philipstead@student.regqualgenes.org

Philip is a Physical Education teacher with a passion for genealogy. He is now progressing with the final year of the MSc in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies at the University of Strathclyde where he specialises in genetic genealogy, ancient DNA analysis and Scottish noble lineages. After completing his MSc at the University of Strathclyde, his intention is to continue his studies by completing his Ph.D. in History/Genealogy.

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Stephens, Alison    alisonstephens@student.regqualgenes.org
Alison is based in Birmingham and is currently studying for the Higher Certificate in Genealogy with the IHGS. She has been researching family history for over 30 years and is now looking to turn her passion into a full time business, bringing other people’s past to life so they can deliver a legacy of their ancestry that will be cherished and handed down from generation to generation. Research areas she specialises in are the Midlands, South Wales and Worcestershire.

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Sutherland, Laura    laurasutherland@student.regqualgenes.org
Laura is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, has a M.A.(hons) in History and a Masters in Law. She is now studying for the MSc in Genealogy, Palaeography and Heraldry at Strathclyde University. She has 35+ years of research for family and friends and is most interested in UK genealogy, especially the North East of Scotland and Kent.

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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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Tovey, Helen    helentovey@student.regqualgenes.org
Helen is currently a student on the PG Certificate in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies (modular course). Her interest areas are British Isles genealogy (Scottish and English primarily), and the role of women in the textile history of the British Isles & Empire, medieval to present.

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Tullock, Janice    janicetullock@student.regqualgenes.org
Currently studying at postgraduate certificate level at Strathclyde. Janice is a qualified archivist, with experience in archival policy, fundraising and audience development. Her archival work has helped to develop specialisms in sports archives, medical records and managing the archives of companies and individuals. She has researched genealogy for over 30 years for herself and others, with interests in emigration, particularly child and Mormon emigration. Janice is also a house historian, specialising in Liverpool and Cheshire.
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Wade, Richard     richardwade@student.regqualgenes.org
After an MA in History (Cambridge) and an MBA (Cranfield), Richard is studying for the MSc in Genealogy, Palaeography and Heraldry at Strathclyde University. This builds on 40+ years of personal research, specialising in local history. His dissertation may investigate merchants and shipowners who backed colonial emancipation and strengthened trade regulations.

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Weet, Stephanie     stephanieweet@student.regqualgenes.org
Stephanie has been an amateur genealogist since 2006 and is currently studying on the IHGS Correspondence Course in Genealogy, and aims to obtain the Diploma in Genealogy. Due to being based in Norfolk, her research interests include East Anglia. She is also interested in the history of disability and how disabled people were treated.

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Willmore, Ruth     ruthwillmore@student.regqualgenes.org
Ruth is working towards an MSc in Genealogy, Heraldry and Palaeography at the University of Strathclyde. She worked as a primary school teacher before moving to North Wales where she has spent 15 years working in the travel industry. Ruth is interested in genealogical tourism and enthusing the next generation about family 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.