Courses, Talks, Research


I run regular courses in the Black Country area on many aspects of family history, which can be tailored to your individual needs, whether you are are a beginner or intermediate.

Starting Out in Family History:  12 week course for absolute beginners

Intermediate Family History: 12 week course for family historians who want to extend their research skills

Computing For Family History: 5 week course for  students who have little experience in using computers

Starting Out in Local History: 12 week course for absolute beginners. Can be tailored to the precise needs of the group.

One Day Workshops

Start Your Family Tree

Scrapbooking For Family History

Write Your Family History

Starting Out in Local History

Writing A Local History


I  give talks to groups: again these can be tailored to your individual needs. Subjects include:

How To Start Your Family Tree

Census Oddities

A Forgotten Industry: Wolverhampton Coffee-Mill Makers 1760 – 1911

A Parochial Prentice  – Wolverhampton workhouses apprentices 1831 – 1844

Scandal at the Star – in 1895, a local theatre owner was accused of assaulting three young girls. But what really happened?

The Disputed Will of Henry Grainger – Mr Grainger tried to leave an area of land to the Borough of Wolverhampton, for use as a public park. But the bequest fell foul of an ancient law – and then a series of potential claimants appeared…

Breaking Down Brick Walls

The Cartoonist And The Suffragist – illustrated talk on the cartoonist’s perception of women’s rights.

World War 1 Sweetheart Jewellery

In preparation:  

The Victorian Way Of Death  illustrated talk on the sometimes strange customs and memorials beloved by our ancestors.

Saving Private Thomas – how a chance junk shop find led to researching the short life of a young soldier.


I also undertake research in a variety of local archives, at highly competitive rates.

Individual Tuition

Individual tuition is also available.

Please contact me through the ‘Comments’ section of the site for further details including fees and availability: all comments have to be moderated by me before they appear on the main page, so I can assure you that your details will remain confidential.

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