Cummings, Karen


Cummings, Karen

Tutor in Genealogy and Professional Genealogist

  • Education, Genetic, Individuals/Families research, Research, Seminars/Courses
  • Haverhill, Suffolk, England
  • Updated 1 year ago


Tutoring & Lecturing

I am the owner of Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd, which provides both short topic-based courses and certificate programmes in genealogy, family history and local history. Our certificate programmes were developed with and are taught jointly by Pharos and the Society of Genealogists and our Advanced Certificate is recognised by AGRA (the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives) as a route to professional genealogy.

My own areas of special interest are methodology and techniques, the uses of DNA testing in genealogical research and developing students to become competent researchers, whether for their own enjoyment or as professional researchers.


Trading under the name ‘Professional Family History’ I undertake genealogical research for both private family history clients and professional researchers. Projects include family trees, bespoke research and problem solving. I specialise in research Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Essex and also offer advice on the interpretation of DNA test results.

Qualifications & Accreditations

I am passionate about genealogy research to the highest standard. I studied with the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS) in Canterbury, attaining both the Higher Certificate and the Diploma in Genealogy. Before this I trained and worked as a Pharmacist and hold a PhD in pharmaceutical research, developing research skills that have transferred well to genealogy. In addition to being listed on the Register of Qualified Genealogists, I am also a full AGRA Member and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG).

Please visit my websites for more information.


  • DNA Testing
  • Family Tree Packages
  • Research in Cambridgeshire
  • Research in Essex
  • Research in Suffolk


  • June 2020 - Current
    Managing Director at Pharos Teaching & Tutoring Ltd
  • Nov 2010 - Current
    Proprietor / Genealogist at Professional Family History
  • Feb 2014 - Current
    Tutor at Pharos Teaching & Tutoring Ltd
  • Jun 2015 - Oct 2019
    Correspondence Course Tutor at Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS)


  • 2022
    PGCert (Educational Practice) at University of Essex
  • 2014
    Diploma in Genealogy at Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS)
  • 2013
    Higher Certificate in Genealogy at Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS)


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