First Genealogy Services

After a long career in national newspapers, retiring at an executive level after 30 years, I turned my long-time hobby of genealogy and family history into a second career. I have written for the major commercial family history magazines on a variety of topics, ranging from serious articles to more light-hearted subjects of genealogical interest. I have researched celebrity family trees and helped readers to solve “Brick walls” in their researches.  I have my own blog on celebrity genealogies at:

I have lectured around the UK and in Canada and America and served on the Board of Trustees at the Society of Genealogists for 12 years. I was Commissioning Editor of the “My Ancestors Were…” series of books and  a joint editor of the Society’s Centenary History (2011). In December  2012 I appeared in an episode of the popular television series, Who Do You Think You Are?, being filmed at the SoG helping the stand-up comedian John Bishop with his researches.


*Researching in Britain’s largest county, Yorkshire, where I was born and from where many of my ancestors came.

*One-name studies: I run studies of the surnames of STOCKDALE/STOCKDILL and variants, and WORSNOP, registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies. For my services in editing the Journal of One-Name Studies for 10 years, I was elected a Master Craftsman of the Guild in 2010.

*Online research all over the UK, but I no longer undertake travel to record offices.

*My full profile can be seen at my LinkedIn page, also my Stockdale/Stockdill One-Name Study Facebook page at:

Contact details: Tel 01923 893735; e-mail:

Fees: £20 per hour, plus any certificate/ travelling costs, etc, but negotiable.