Family History

This highly professional facility at Old British News is conducted by the respected and well-known British historian, researcher, tutor and author, Gill Blanchard BA. MA. PGCE (PCE).

Gill Blanchard

Gill Blanchard can be contacted here.

Gill has a first degree in History and Sociology and a Masters degree in History and Politics and has gained a certificate in ‘Architectural History Theory and Practice’ from the University of East Anglia. She has been conducting family, house and local history research since 1992, beginning her research career at the Norfolk Record Office where she worked as a researcher and with the public for nearly six years. In 1997 she and gained her Post Graduate Certificate in Post Compulsory Education in 1998 which qualifies her to teach adults. She is a member of the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA).

Gill has written three books including Tracing Your House History, Tracing Your East Anglian Ancestors and Writing Your Family History.

The Old British News Family History Service can provide:

A professional research service into Family House and Local History using sources such as:

Parish Registers, Birth, Death and Marriage Indexes, Wills and Administrations, Poor Law Records.

Manorial Records, Newspapers, Court Records, Census Returns and old Maps

Gill can also flesh out the lives led by your ancestors. Using her extensive knowledge and experience of local and social history she can provide you with the context and conditions in which they lived.

To aid you in your research she can offer guided tours, personal assistance from a qualified tutor in family and house history research, house histories, photographs of buildings, places and documents as well as the history of the places in which your ancestors were born, lived, loved, worked and died and also written family biographies.

Gill says: “I began my research career by working at the Norfolk Record Office for six years. During this time I conducted research on a daily basis on behalf of those who could not visit in person and assisted visitors with their own research projects.

Whilst working at the record office I also transcribed and indexed numerous documents dating from the 16th century onwards including poor law settlement examinations, probate records, coroner’s inquests and quarter session court papers.

As well as a wide range of private clients across the world, I have assisted several authors and academic researchers with their background research. In addition to this, I have been featured in the local press, national family history magazines and appeared on BBC Radio Norfolk, BBC Radio Suffolk and Future Radio as an expert and educator in the field”.

House and family history books by Gill Blanchard

Gill Blanchard can be contacted here.