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 Gill Blanchard

Gill Blanchard will be hosting Family Tree magazine's first Family History River Cruise, September 2019. Gill will host several sessions and interactive activities throughout the cruise on topics including essential records, information about DNA testing, how to use online resources, visiting archives and your next steps! Visit the Family Tree website to find out more and book your place

Gill is a professional genealogist, house historian, tutor and author based in Norwich www.pastsearch.co.uk Gill has run a family history, house history and local history research business since 1997, and worked in a local record office for six years before that. Her academic background is in history, sociology (BA Hons.) and international relations (MA). She has had several guides, local histories and biographies published and writes regularly for national genealogy magazines. Gill is a full member of AGRA - the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives.

Gill has also undertaken many research projects for authors, academics, journalists and television production teams, including the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? She appeared on the Mary Berry episode of this show in 2014 and will appear again on an episode in 2018. Among other organisations she has worked for are local architects, property developers and solicitors, hotels and pubs; New England Historic Genealogical Society in America; Customised Heritage Tours in Australia; English Heritage; Zetica Ltd.; The Mail on Sunday newspaper; J.D. Weatherspoons and the Department of Demography at the University of California, Berkley.