Tinniswood, Emma


Tinniswood, Emma

House Historian & Genealogist

  • Buildings/Locations research, Education, Individuals/Families research, Research, Writing
  • West London/Surrey


I have been undertaking genealogical research for 10 years, researching my own family tree in Somerset, Surrey, Sussex and Dorset. I hold an M.Litt in Family and Local History from Dundee, graduating in 2018. Whilst studying for my masters, I set up Behind These Doors, my own research business.  I offer bespoke House History and genealogical research in London, Surrey, Hampshire and Sussex and I am currently writing a book on Montpelier Row in Twickenham.  A Georgian terrace built in 1720, furthering the research I did for my dissertation.

I love exploring houses and I am fascinated by the stories that houses and our homes have to tell.  They are much more than bricks and mortar and I enjoy exploring the history and development of an area as well as exploring the lives of all those who have lived in a house.  I am deeply passionate about history and bringing stories of the past to life.

As well as undertaking research, I also write and direct historical plays for theatre and young people, and recent plays have included Sing Little Cuckoo based on the life of Nelly Bly and Hope about a group of children in WW2.

I specialise in English records, but have also worked with Welsh, Scottish and Irish records as well as overseas records.


  • Genealogy
  • House History Research
  • Individuals and family research
  • Playwriting
  • research
  • Speaking
  • Writing


  • 2017 - current
    Researcher at Behind These Doors (Self Employed)


  • 2013-2018
    M.Litt Local and Family History at University of Dundee
  • 2004-2005
    QTS - Drama, Music and History at University of London
  • 2003-2004
    P.Cert Applied Theatre at Central School of Speech and Drama
  • 1997 - 2000
    BA (Hons) Drama and Music at Royal Holloway University of London


To contact this candidate email emmatinniswood@qualifiedgenealogists.org

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