Leaps buildings with a single bound...
Well I can’t do that, but there are other services I can offer:
I am an experienced teacher and lecturer with a qualification in teaching adults. I regularly take workshops at the Society of Genealogists and give talks to family and local history society groups. Among the topics I give talks on are:
- Researching military ancestors
- Researching Army ancestors online
- Researching men and women who fought in the two world wars
- Researching Brewery and Publican ancestors
- Researching workhouses and pauper ancestors
- Getting the best from The National Archives and its website
- Writing for family and local history publications
- Records of charities for family historians
Many lecture take place at the Society of Genealogists in London - Britain's leading family history centre. But I have travelled all over Britain and indeed overseas to give them.
I also teach online courses with Pharos Tutors. At present they are mainly on military topics. It has been an interesting experience interacting with students who could be many thousands of miles away rather than in a classroom. Why not sign up for a course.
More recently I have become an Associate Teaching Fellow at the University of Dundee. It's a very grand title which basically means I teach a post-graduate online course on Military Archives for the Centre for Archive and Information Sciences. It is a well regarded Centre with some excellent courses and the feedback from students has been very positive.
Some of my time over the past few years had been involved with Pen & Sword’s family history list, suggesting titles and potential authors and doing some editing work on draft manuscripts. You can see (and buy) the results at And of course I have picked up considerable editorial skills from ten years of knocking articles into shape. Even the work of top writers sometimes needed nips and tucks to make them presentable.
So if you want somebody to look over your text to see whether it is suitable for publication or just friendly guidance about what to include or omit you know where I am.
Most publishers require authors to research and supply a certain number of pictures. This can be an additional burden particularly if your picture budget is limited. This is a problem I faced on a daily basis at both Family History Monthly and Ancestors and I became adept at finding suitable images for the lowest cost. If you want help please get in touch.