Mary Evans

A regular contributor to Family Tree magazine, Mary has written articles on brickwalls and two series about online resources. She is one of the panel of experts on the Q&A page and submits ‘Brickwall Specials’ to this. 

Beryl Evans

Beryl has worked at the National Library of Wales since 1985, working in various posts relating to family history and public services. At present is Manager of the Reading Rooms at the Library. She has contributed to many radio and television programmes relating to family history over the years, as well as contributing and writing for various journals and magazines and giving talks on various aspects of Welsh family history.

Brian Donovan

Brian is the Global Head of Irish Collections at  He previously lectured in history at Trinity College Dublin in the 1990s and since then has lectured worldwide 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. He played a key role in establishing the Irish collection at in 2011 and continues to oversee it to this day. 

Peter Christian

Peter Christian has been researching his own genealogy for 40 years and first put his family tree on the web in 1995. For five years he was editor of the Society of Genealogists' computer journal 'Computers in Genealogy', and he was also responsible for setting up the Society's first web site. The author of countless articles about online resources for family history, he has also written a number of books on the subject, including the best-selling 'The Genealogist's Internet'. He is a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists and one of the Trustees of Genuki.

Tristram Clarke

Tristram Clarke has worked as an archivist in Register House since 1984. He is experienced in a wide range of Scottish historical records, and edits 'Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors', the official guide to the resources available in the National Records of Scotland and ScotlandsPeople, which is now in its sixth edition (Birlinn, 2012).

Professor Carl Chinn MBE

Carl Chinn MBE Ph.D. is Professor of Community History at the University of Birmingham, and history advisor for several secondary schools in Birmingham. He is a social historian with a national profile, , public speaker, writer, and charity fundraiser. A campaigner for good causes, he has also been active in pressing for the rights of working-class people and the recognition of the importance of manufacturing.  Professor Chinn is the author of 32 books covering various aspects of urban working-class life.

Dr Paul Carter

Dr Paul Carter is the Principal Records Specialist (Modern Domestic Records) at The National Archives (TNA). His research interests and publications record centres on the history of welfare, poverty and the poor laws. He was the Project Director for TNA’s `Living the Poor Life' project and for the British Association for Local History’s Pauper Prisons.. Pauper Palaces (the Midlands) project. He was also a research fellow at the University of Nottingham focusing on poverty in Southwell and wider Nottinghamshire.

Dr John Burt and Kathryn Burtinshaw

Dr John Burt is a professional genealogist based in Edinburgh.  A retired medical practitioner, he has a lifelong fascination for Scottish social history.
Kathryn Burtinshaw runs her own genealogy company, Pinpoint Ancestry, based in North Wales and holds an Advanced Diploma in Local History from Oxford University.

Helen Barrell

Helen Barrell is a librarian at the University of Birmingham. She has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Punt PI, has written for magazines such as Fortean Times and Family Tree, and guest blogs for Findmypast.

Her first book, Poison Panic: Arsenic Deaths in 1840s Essex, was published by Pen and Sword in 2016.

Robert Charles Anderson

Director of the Great Migration Study Project at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts, since 1988
Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists [FASG]