Arnold, Claire


Arnold, Claire

Genealogist, Family Historian

  • Buildings/Locations research, Individuals/Families research
  • Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancashire
  • Updated 2 years ago


I am a professional genealogist based near Blackpool in Lancashire. Having spent many years researching my own ancestors, this interest and passion led me to pursuing an MSc in Genealogical, Palaeographical and Heraldic Studies. The focus of my dissertation was the rise of seaside towns between 1830 – 1860; Blackpool, Fleetwood and Poulton-le-Sands (now Morecambe). My research aim was to discover the builders and investors of these towns during a period of substantial growth in seaside towns across the United Kingdom. Using landowners and other prominent individuals as case studies allowed me to understand their roles within the towns, wealth and family connections.


I now want to use that knowledge I have gained to help others research their family or house history whilst also offering advice should you hit a brick wall.


  • 2015 - 2020
    Volunteer at Sheffield Family History Society
    Transcribing baptism, marriage and burial records


  • 2021
    Master Degree in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies at University of Strathclyde
    Dissertation title: The rise of seaside towns in Lancashire: Blackpool, Fleetwood and Poulton-le-Sands, 1830-1860. Who were the investors and builders?
  • 2019
    Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies at University of Strathclyde
    Project title: What was the experience of the mothers and children admitted to Kirkham Workhouse between 1881 and 1891? A case study of selected mothers admitted to the workhouse.


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