Cummings, Karen


Cummings, Karen

Professional Genealogist and Tutor in Genealogy

  • Genetic, Individuals/Families research, Research, Seminars/Courses
  • Haverhill, Suffolk, England
  • Updated 6 months ago


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 and hold 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).


I undertake genealogical research for both private family history clients and professional researchers. Projects include family trees, bespoke research and problem solving. My family tree “packages” can be researched for families from anywhere in England and Wales. Where visits to local archives are required I specialise in Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Essex. I also offer advice on the interpretation of DNA test results and using DNA to find birth relatives.

Tutoring & Lecturing

I am the Course Director for Pharos Teaching and Tutoring, where I write and run courses on genealogical sources, DNA testing and how to become a professional genealogist. I also regularly appear at the Society of Genealogists.

Please visit my website for more information.


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


  • Nov 2010 - Current
    Proprietor / Genealogist at Professional Family History
  • Feb 2014 - Current
    Tutor at Pharos Teaching & Tutoring Ltd
  • May 2017 - Current
    Correspondence Course Tutor at Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS)


  • 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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