Gurney, Caroline


Gurney, Caroline

Genealogist, House Historian, Historical Researcher and Speaker

  • Broadcasting, Buildings/Locations research, Communities research, Genetic, Individuals/Families research, Probate/People Tracing research, Speaking
  • Portishead, Bristol, UK


I’m a professional genealogist and historical researcher, based in Portishead, near Bristol. My work includes family, local and house history, tracing living people, and research for businesses, authors and the media. My clients include the BBC, Wall to Wall and HSBC.

I have a 1st class honours degree (BA) in History and a Master’s degree (MLitt) with Distinction in Family and Local History.

I have 34 years research experience, studying original documents in many different archives, and have particular expertise in internet research, people tracing and DNA. I have successfully completed a wide variety of commissions for clients, including corporate and TV work, family histories, house histories, heir hunting, finding relatives through DNA, coaching and problem solving to overcome brick walls.

I’m a sought-after speaker, giving lively talks to general and specialist audiences on a range of topics related to history and genealogy. These include “Am I Related to Royalty”, “Cutty Sark and her Crews”, “Tracing Merchant Seamen”, “Tracing Living Relatives”, “Tracing Agricultural Labourer Ancestors”, “Lost in London”, “Genealogy for Beginners” and “Googling for Grandma”. I have appeared in documentaries for the BBC and ITV.

In addition to the Register of Qualified Genealogists, I’m a member of the Society of Genealogists and the Bristol and Avon Family History Society. I’m an Associate Member of the Regional History Centre at the University of the West of England.



  • Bristol
  • DNA
  • Gloucestershire
  • Latin
  • Merchant Seamen
  • Palaeography
  • Somerset


  • 1972-1975
    BA History (1st class) at University of Bristol
  • 2015-2019
    Master of Letters (MLitt) with Distinction in Family and Local History at University of Dundee

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