I explore family histories and mysteries for TV and private clients. I'm based in London, and am originally from New Zealand. I have experience with all sorts of research and people finding, including using DNA to trace mystery relations.

I’ve found stories of convicts, psychiatric inmates, rebels, and all manner of other interesting and famous forebears! 

"Coronation Street's DNA Secrets" hit screens September 2018. We DNA tested the cast of Corrie, and looked into their family trees. I got to reveal the results of the cast's DNA tests, and send them off on their journeys. 

Another of my most recent projects was researching some of the families for the hugely successful "A House Through Time" presented by David Olusoga, for BBC2. 

Estrangement, migration, or birth outside marriage can mean big gaps in inter-generational knowledge. Knowing about your roots can make a huge difference in life. 

I'm often asked: "HOW DID YOU GET INTO THIS?": There were some significant "gaps" in my own family and even as a small child I was curious to find out why. I discovered genealogy at the tender age of 13, then my first foray into professional people-tracing was in the mid 1990's - as a qualified Reference Librarian with a social science background, I helped people in public libraries trace their families. I also coordinated oral history projects, and spent my fair share of time cataloguing and indexing books in dark basements.

WORK FOR PRIVATE CLIENTS: Family mysteries can have a huge effect on subsequent generations, so I love helping people to discover the truth. It can be an amazing and extremely rewarding process. Working on select cases for private individuals or families is an important part of my work. In recent work I have had the privilege of tracing the heritage and extended families of several private clients. For several cases we have used DNA to break brick walls and trace connections unsolvable with conventional genealogy.

I discovered the whereabouts of a brother lost for 60 years, from Australia to London via South Africa. I found archival evidence to prove family stories about a favourite Great Aunt - she was indeed a Suffragette who was arrested by the police! I even found the family of the man whose ashes spent three years on a shelf at the London Transport Lost Property office - after being left on the tube! All of these have been incredible stories to be involved in, with great personal significance for the families involved.




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