Adams, Sue


Adams, Sue

Genealogist, Family History researcher, Speaker, Writer, Map maker

  • Buildings/Locations research, Communities research, Individuals/Families research, Mentoring/Tutoring, Speaking, Use of specialist software, Writing
  • Thetford, Norfolk, UK


Sue is a genealogical truth seeker.  She tracks down all kinds of historical documents, transcribes, and analyses their contents, then combines all the evidence to ascertain ancestral relationships as accurately as possible.

Sue started researching her own family from Suffolk, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire in 1997.  Her research interests include English land records, migration, digital technologies and genealogical data standards.

Based in the east of England, she has ready access to archives and repositories in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Huntingdon, Northamptonshire and Essex.  She will travel further afield if needed.

Sue contributes to genealogical knowledge by blogging at Family Folklore and Worldwide Genealogy, developing data standards through the work of FHISO, participating in online discussions and speaking at conferences and fairs.

Since gaining an MSc in 2012, Sue has undertaken research commissions on families in England, Scotland and Canada.  She has served on the ‘Ask The Experts’ panel at Who Do You Think You Are LIVE from 2014, and tutored at Clans and Surnames in 2017.  In 2018, she will present a half day course for the Society of Genealogists, ‘Maps and Property Records for Family Historians‘ , and speak at ‘Secret Lives‘.



  • Blogging
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Complex research problems
  • Data standards
  • English genealogy
  • family history writing
  • Manorial property
  • Mapping technology (GIS)
  • Norfolk
  • Palaeography
  • Photo analysis
  • Suffolk
  • Transcription


  • 2012-present
    Genealogist at Family Folk


  • 2011-2012
    MSc in Genealogical, Palaeographical & Heraldic Studies at University of Strathclyde
    Dissertation title: To what extent can Cartographic, Land and Genealogical data be combined to establish land ownership in England and can a Geographical Information System (GIS) tie it all together?
  • 2010-2011
    Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical, Palaeographical & Heraldic Studies at University of Strathclyde
    Dissertation title: Inheritance of Manorial Land Holdings in the Manor of Clent, with special reference to the Waldron family of the Fieldhouse.
  • 2010-2010
    Postgraduate Certificate in Genealogical Studies at University of Strathclyde
    Project title: Stanley Family Photograph Album – Can We Identify the People and What Does It Tell Us About Them?
  • 2001
    Studying family and community history: 19th and 20th centuries at Open University
    3rd year undergraduate level course

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