Four leading researchers of local and family history explain how they approach the subject from their different backgrounds and perspectives.
Sarah Williams launched the UK’s biggest-selling genealogy title, Who Do You Think You Are? magazine, in 2007. She was involved in the launch of Living History magazine and later became deputy editor of BBC History magazine. David Hey is emeritus professor of local and family history at the University of Sheffield. His numerous books include The Oxford Companion to Family and Local History and, with George Redmonds and Turi King, Surnames, DNA and Family History.
Dr Lawrence Goldman is editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and fellow and tutor in history at St Peter’s College, Oxford, where he teaches modern British and American history. Dr Susan Skedd has worked as a Blue Plaques historian since 2003, during which time she carried out historical research into the public nominations for commemoration in London. She is currently writing a book about women’s education in Britain during the period 1750 to 1850.