Cummings, Karen


Cummings, Karen

Professional Genealogist

  • Individuals/Families research, Research, Seminars/Courses
  • Haverhill, Suffolk, England
  • Updated 3 days ago


I offer high quality genealogical research to both private clients and professional researchers. Services include family trees, bespoke family history research, research in local archives and problem solving. Family tree packages cover all of England and Wales. For local archive research I specialise in research in Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Essex.

Qualifications & Accreditations

I studied with the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS) in Canterbury and graduated with both the Higher Certificate in Genealogy (with distinction), and the Diploma in Genealogy, the IHGS Professional Qualification.

Before embarking on a career in genealogy I worked in the pharmaceutical industry as a qualified Pharmacist and have a PhD in scientific research.

I am a full AGRA Member and served on both AGRA Council and the AGRA Board of Assessors (2014-2016), assessing the work of those applying to join. I am also a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and the Register of Qualified Genealogists (RQG).


I am a Tutor for the IHGS Correspondence Course, preparing students for the Higher Certificate in Genealogy exam.

I also tutor at Pharos Teaching and Tutoring, teaching both genealogy related subjects and a course on how to become a professional genealogist.

The Professional Family History Difference

My research reports reflect my academic training: all reports have a clear background and objectives that have been agreed with the client, full citations of any sources used, where they were examined and in what format, an analysis of the findings, any conclusions that may be drawn and suggestions for further work where appropriate.

Customer Service

My customer service is focussed on a high level of customer satisfaction. Before beginning any research I will establish with the client what information is already known with certainty, on which to build future research. A program of work is agreed with the client ahead of any research commission.

From large family history projects and family trees to “look-ups” in parish registers, projects of all shapes and sizes are welcome.

Please visit my website for more information.



  • 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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