Sylvia started researching family history in the 1970s, since retiring has pursued her interest in family history. She graduated in 2016 with an MLitt in Family and Local History from the University of Dundee. She run a small research company Recover Your Roots. Sylvia has recently started to tutor online vocational family history courses on behalf of the Centre for Archives and Information Studies  (CAIS) University of Dundee. Sylvia tweets as @historylady2013 and is a regular contributor to #Ancestryhour