Have you ever wondered who you are, and where you come from? Have you tried to trace your family tree, but got lost along the way? Or would you like to find out more about a DNA result? Your Family Historian can help you to find the answers you’re looking for.

Andy Robson, who’s a Professional Genealogist and Family Historian, launched his business last year alongside his partner and Business Manager, Deb Ismay.

Deb says, ‘Our goal is to help people connect with their past. This can vary from researching and writing a full family history for a client, to helping someone who’s hit a genealogy ‘brick wall’ get back on track with their own research.’

Andy’s background is in Electrical Power Engineering, but he has 40 years of experience as a genealogist. When his workplace closed down last year due to COVID-19, he and Deb decided to take the leap into running their own genealogy business.

They provide mentoring and support, as well as a research service for tracking down clients’ ancestors and creating their family tree.

While the majority of their clients are based here in the North East, they also have clients across the UK – and even as far away as San Francisco in California and Adelaide in South Australia!

Andy says his favourite part of the job is the sense of achievement: ‘Tracing your Family Tree involves a lot of hard work, and there are many falls and stumbles along the way. But it’s worth it! Genealogy has been my passion for forty years, and yet every day I still make new discoveries.’

Deb says, ‘For me, it’s the reaction of our clients. The surprise and pleasure when they get their family history reports and read the stories of their ancestors or the sheer elation when a block that’s sometimes plagued them for years is solved.’

Andy is an Associate of AGRA, which is the professional body for his field in England and Wales.

For more information, visit their website at https://www.yourfamilyhistorian.co.uk/, or give them a call on 07434 649839

Lauren Wilson – Roundabout Publications Writer