Gurney, Caroline


Gurney, Caroline

Genealogist, House Historian, Speaker, Writer, RQG Director

  • Broadcasting, Buildings/Locations research, Communities research, Genetic, Individuals/Families research, Probate/People Tracing research, Speaking, Writing
  • Portishead, Somerset, England - researching online in England, Scotland & Wales & at archives in Bath, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset & Wiltshire
  • Updated 2 years ago


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’m currently researching for a PhD in History.

I have 36 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 on history and genealogy, and have appeared in documentaries for the BBC and ITV. I write a column on English Research for ‘British Connections’ the journal of the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History.

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 and an Associate Member of the Regional History Centre at the University of the West of England.


  • Bath; Bristol; Gloucestershire; Somerset; Wiltshire
  • DNA
  • English Research
  • Jewish Research
  • Latin & Palaeography
  • Merchant Seamen
  • People Tracing


  • 2012 to date
    Professional Genealogist at Historical Research Services
    Successfully completed 100s of projects for TV companies, businesses, journalists, authors, collectors, probate searchers, historic house owners & members of the public.
  • 1985 to date
    Experience at Genealogy
    36 years experience in family history research
  • 2019 to date
    Columnist on English research at British Connections (Journal of the ISBGFH)


  • 1972-1975
    BA Hons in History at University of Bristol
    1st Class Honours & George Hare Leonard Prize for History
  • 2015-2019
    Master of Letters (MLitt) in Family and Local History at University of Dundee
  • 2020-2026
    Researching for PhD in History at University of Bristol
    Paupers, Pariahs or Paragons? Bristol’s Jewish Community, 1724-1880


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