Brian Donovan

Brian is the Head of Irish Data and Business Development at findmypast, as well as being a director of Eneclann Ltd.. He previously lectured in history at Trinity College Dublin in the 1990s and since then has lectured throughout Ireland and the US on history, genealogy and digitisation. Brian's experience in digital technology, as well as his background in history, helped motivate the founding of the well-known Irish genealogy company Eneclann in 1998.

Phil Cooper

For the past year a small team, including Phil Cooper, has been working on the development of a Great War Centenary project. The aim is to bring together existing and new research to tell Surrey's story and to link archives, museum collections and personal stories with the county's archaeology. Phil has worked at Surrey History Centre since 2009 and has an MA in History.

Professor Carl Chinn MBE

Carl Chinn is Professor of Community History and Director of the BirminghamLives project at the University of Birmingham and history advisor for the schools of Perry Beeches The Academy. He is a social historian with a national profile, newspaper columnist, public speaker, writer, and charity fundraiser. Professor Chinn's writing is deeply affected by his family's working-class background and by his belief that history must be democratised.

Bruce B Bishop

Bruce B Bishop was born in Walsall, England. Spent 20 years as a meteorologist, and a similar length of time as a teacher at Gordonstoun School. Now a professional genealogist, researcher in archives and a regular on the Scottish genealogy lecture circuit. Author of several books on local and family history, especially covering the Moray and Banff areas. Chairman of the Scottish Association of Family History Societies and a member of ASGRA. Especially interested in the documentary records of 18th century Scotland

Gill Blanchard.

Gill Blanchard, BA. MA. PGCE (PCE). AGRA member. Gill has worked as a professional family, house and local history researcher in East Anglia for over 23 years, including 6 years at Norfolk Record Office. She is the author of 'Writing Your Family History', 'Tracing Your House History' and 'Tracing Your East Anglian Ancestors'. Gill is a qualified adult education tutor and has run courses for the Society of Genealogists, University of East Anglia, Norfolk Family History Society and others. She teaches online for Pharos Tutors.

Dave Annal

Dave Annal has worked as a professional researcher since 1984 and was formerly employed by The National Archives as the Principal Family History Specialist. He has written a number of history books, including the recently-published second edition of Census: The Family Historians Guide, co-authored by Peter Christian. Dave is also a regular speaker at Family History Society meetings and recently started writing for Family Tree magazine, having bought the very first issue back in 1984.

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