About

Pollyanna Bristol-Murphy

I have been researching families’ histories for over 14 years. As a graduate in Economic History (BSc) from the LSE, I have a background in social history and have loved developing this knowledge through the IHGS Correspondence Course; which I have now completed. I regularly attend courses and lectures through AGRA, Pharos, SOG, IHGS and conferences such as Roots Tech; continually adding depth to my knowledge and ability to research the immense wealth of information buried deep in the archives

I do not focus on one particular area of research, as in most instances, it is the interconnection of records that is crucial, particularly before General Registration and the Census Returns of Victorian England. It is understanding these sources, where to find them and the ability to analyse and connect the information, this is where I can add value to others research.

Based in Somerset I am able to cover the archives of South West (Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Devon and Dorset) and South Central (Wiltshire, Berkshire, Hampshire and Surrey) England. Living near Frome on the Wiltshire border, most are only an hour or two away. I also spend time in the National Archives and the London archives (Westminster and the LMA). Records connecting 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 archives.

Whether you need help on how to connect DNA results back to the records or assistance with pre-1837 research and location of individuals through the colourful world of 18th century taxation, the militia or the judicial system for instance, I am here to help. I am happy to offer a free initial appraisal and tail a research plan accordingly. Alternatively I can provide just a tree checking and advisory service if that is all that is required.

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