If you're thinking of asking me to research your family you will want to know a little about my background, skills and experience.
Before commencing practice as a genealogist I was a solicitor for thirty seven years, working in the fields of property, family, contested probate, crime, and litigation.
This means that I have a particular interest in the law as it affected our ancestors, their family and daily lives , and also in wills, family disputes and court proceedings.
I hold an honours degree in Law from the University of London.
My legal qualification and practice have given me research, analytical and reporting skills and an ability to assess facts and evidence and give them their correct weight when advising as to the likelihood or otherwise of a particular individual being the ancestor sought.
Though I no longer practice as a solicitor I am still on the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales. I value that qualification highly and clients may be assured of my integrity and that information I hold about their case will be kept confidential unless they agree otherwise in writing.
Following the submission of a portfolio of professional work carried out for clients I was accepted as a Member of the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives, AGRA, , and have agreed to subscribe to its Code of Practice.
I have served as a Council Member of AGRA, that being the Association's governing body.
I am a member of the Society of Genealogists (SOG).
I am committed to improving my research skills and record knowledge. I hold the Family History Skills and Strategies (Intermediate) Certificate jointly awarded by the Society of Genealogists and Pharos Tutors in which I was awarded a distinction I am studying for the Higher Certificate in Genealogy awarded by the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies. I attend courses and lectures on subjects relevant to genealogy on a regular basis.
I have been a contributor to the 'Ask the Experts' feautue in Who Do You Think You Are? and Family Tree magazines. I authored an article, Laying Down the Law, appearing in the January 2017 edition of Family Tree magazine on legal topics of interest to family historians and in the September 2017 edition on the subject of tracing apprenticehips. I authored a pull out section on Parish Registers and Recods in Family Tree in October 2017 and an article in Family Tree Magazine at Christmas 2018 on someof the lesser known records of the General Register Office.
Apart from a general professional interest in genealogy and family history I have a particular interest in anything with a legal aspect, Poor Law and workhouse records, Wills, apprenticeship records, and the records of marriage and its consequences.
I have a professional profile on LinkedIn which can be viewed from the link in the panel on the left.
I aim to offer a friendly but professional service. I will always be honest with clients so if I do not think that an ancestral line can be usefully pursued I will say so. I will also say if I feel it necessary to instruct an alternative researcher because, for example, the work is outside my areas of expertise or the project would benefit from archive research outside my geographical area.
I have a wide network of professional colleagues so, If I don't do it I will usually know someone who does.
I lived in the area of Manchester/Lancashire for forty six years and now live in North East Lancashire. I regularly visit archives in Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Liverpool and can arrange visits to archives outside those areas by collegaues
My aim is to help clients get to know their ancestors, whether by helping them take the first steps in researching their family tree, carrying out in depth archive research or demolishing brick walls.
All my reports for clients set out my findings and conclusions with the reasons for them, advise what further steps might be taken to resolve outstanding issues and give suggestions as to what further work could be done to add colour and interest to the information obtained.
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Trace Your Ancestry.
No part of the material is to be used published or copied without permission for any purpose whatsoever.
The site explains the family and other research services of
Trace Your Ancestry.
It also tells a little about me and my background.
You may have wondered what your family was like, what the people in it, your ancestors did for a living. What were their names? Were they rich, poor or something in between? Where did they live? Did they get into trouble with the law?
I can help you find out about some of these things. Most people have acestors with stories to tell as interesting as those on these pages.
For details please go to the
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Contact Me for half an hour's free without obligation, consultation.
Christine Wibberley LL.B. (Hons)
Solicitor (non practising)
Member of AGRA
Mobile. 07896 611773
(Closed at weekends)
Office hours and availability vary
The office is not available for clients to call in person.