Ryan, Catherine


Ryan, Catherine


  • Buildings/Locations research, Communities research, Individuals/Families research, Speaking
  • Barnard Castle, County Durham
  • Updated 8 months ago


I am a PhD candidate at Teesside University researching 18th Century property transactions in the North Riding of Yorkshire.My PhD’s title is:  ‘Gender, status and place: exploring the role of women in Yorkshire property transfers, 1736-1783’

I have over 30 years of experience in researching my own and other people’s families.  I’m based near Barnard Castle on the borders of County Durham and North Yorkshire and specialise in pre-19th Century research.  I conduct family history & property research and give talks on local and family history.  I have an interest in palaeography and have transcribed documents from as far back in time as the 16th Century and manorial court, deeds and probate material from the 17th and 18th centuries.

I have served on the “Ask the Expert” panels at several Family History Shows.

I have a good understanding of aspects affecting rural communities across the UK as my first degree was in Agricultural Economics.  My second career was as a qualified teacher.  Following early retirement from teaching, I studied for a Masters degree in Family and Local History from the University of Dundee, qualifying in 2019, MLitt, with Merit.

I write an occasional blog about life in my local community over the years at https://bygone-teesdale-folk.org.uk.  I try to focus on people who have been forgotten and have a particular interest in the lives of women in the past.

Most reporting is done by e-mail for research reports.  I like to keep clients informed as to how the research is progressing and this is also usually done by email.

All queries will be dealt with in a prompt and confidential manner, in line with RQG’s Code of Practice.

I give talks to family and local history groups as well as other organisations.  These talks include: –

The Cheesemongers of Teesdale

Teesdale in the 18th Century

The North Riding Register of Deeds


  • 17th & 18th Century Records
  • Genealogy
  • Local History
  • North Yorkshire and County Durham
  • Property History
  • Transcription of Old Documents


  • December 2021
    PhD Candidate at Teesside University
    I am currently researching towards a PhD titled ‘Gender, status and place: exploring the role of women in Yorkshire property transfers, 1736-1783’
  • June 2019
    MLitt (with Merit) in Family and Local History at University of Dundee


To contact this candidate email catherineryan@qualifiedgenealogists.org

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