About

Pollyanna Bristol-Murphy

I have been researching families histories for over 15 years. As a graduate of the London School of Economics (LSE) in Economic History, my background in social history has been furthered through qualifications from the Institute of Heraldry and Genealogical Studies (IHGS). First completing the IHGS Correspondence Course in 2020 and awarded the Diploma in Genealogy in 2021. Continually adding depth to my knowledge by regularly signing up for courses and lectures through AGRA, Pharos, SOG, IHGS and attending conferences such as Roots Tech and The Genealogy Show.

My research is not confined to a particular specialism as in most instances it is the interconnection of records that is crucial. Understanding the sources, where to find them and the ability to analyse and interpret the information, is the key to producing credible robust research. Based in Somerset I regularly visit the archives of the South West (Gloucestershire, Somerset, Devon and Dorset) and South Central (Wiltshire, Berkshire and Hampshire). Most are only an hour or two away including the National Archives and other London archives (Westminster and the LMA). Records connected to even a very simple research project can be split between the national and the regional collections and divided further between parishes, counties and ecclesiastical districts requiring the flexibility to visit different repositories.

Whether you need help drawing up your family tree, breaking down a brick wall or interpreting DNA results I am here to help; offering a free initial appraisal and research plan. Alternatively I can provide a tree checking and advisory service if that is all that is required. I look forward to hearing from you.

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