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Dr Geoff Swinfield

Qualifying from Nottingham University with a PhD in Genetics, he began his studies in genealogy in 1979. Having been trained at the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS), Canterbury, Kent, obtaining a Licentiateship in Genealogy and Heraldry (LHG), he became a professional researcher with Achievements Ltd of Canterbury and later the Research Manager. Geoff is a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists.

Whilst at IHGS, as Director, he headed a team which, in conjunction with hospital research departments, used genealogical research to trace the inheritance of genetic abnormalities to identify those who may be at risk. These included "Young Onset" Alzheimer's, Ovarian Cancer and Von-Hippel Lindau's Disease. In 1994, he founded a new genealogical research company, becoming Research Director of Ancestors Ltd of Canterbury and later of Dover.

He has trained a number of other practising genealogists as well as numerous students who have attended a wide range of educational courses run by IHGS, the Society of Genealogists (SoG) and London University (Birkbeck College). He lectures widely on all aspects of genealogy, its sources and research techniques.

Diana Swinfield

Di began researching her own family history in the 1990s. Having spent her previous working life in banking, local government, education and retail, she became a professional genealogist in 2006. Her particular speciality is probate research and tracing living relatives and missing people. She is a frequent visitor to the record offices in central London.

The Wider Team

Genealogical sources are to be found in a wide variety of records offices and libraries. To search those which are relevant to the investigations which need to be conducted for you would require hundreds of miles of travel. Research techniques in each record office are different and are facilitated by specialist local knowledge.

To ensure that our research for you is conducted as efficiently, economically and effectively as possible, we use a team of searchers who have specialist knowledge and experience of searching for ancestry in their own geographical area. In this way, we increase the chances of finding out the most about the earlier generations of your family.

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