Ryan, Catherine


Ryan, Catherine

Local and family historian

  • Buildings/Locations research, Communities research, Individuals/Families research, Speaking
  • Barnard Castle, County Durham
  • Updated 1 week ago


I work as a part-time researcher focussing on family histories, social history, property histories, the 18th Century and the transcription of old documents.

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 offer property and family history research in archives and online.  Other specialisms are pre-19th Century research and families who have moved around the UK.  I enjoy transcribing wills and other documents from as far back in time as the 16th Century and have transcribed manorial court, deeds and probate material from the 17th century.

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
  • County Durham and Cumbria
  • Genealogy
  • Local History
  • North Yorkshire
  • Property History
  • Transcription of Old Documents


  • June 2019
    MLitt Family and Local History with Merit at University of Dundee
  • June 1992
    PGCE at Charlotte Mason College
  • 1981
    BSc (Hons) at University of Newcastle Upon Tyne


To contact this candidate email catherineryan@qualifiedgenealogists.org

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