|How did you learn about My-Parish?|
|E-mail Address (available to other members)|
|What aspects of parish life, culture and heritage most interest you?|
|Which regions most interest you?|
|Please briefly describe your parish interests and any past and present parish-related projects||
I have written extensively on the sources of English local and family history, as well as compiling a series of county bibliographies. My latest book, Tracing Your Ancestors' Parish Records: a guide for family and local historians (Pen & Sword, 2015), offers a detailed survey of the contents of the parish chest – the first such survey since the 3rd edition of Tate's Parish Chest was published in 1969. My Parish registers: a history and guide (Family History Partnership, 2009) also has a parish focus. I am currently researching a book to be entitled Tracing Your Ancestors' County Records: a guide for family and local historians, focusing not just on Quarter Sessions and Assizes, but also on the records created by Lord Lieutenants, sheriffs, coroners, and various other early Quangos. Parish and county records frequently intersect with each other, so this book will be of relevance to parish historians.
|What resources or experiences were most influential in shaping your parish interests?||
I served as librarian of the Yorkshire Archeaological Society between 1975 and 1979. In that position, I needed to be able to advise readers where to find information in original sources, and began my study of the sources of English local history.
|With what parish or parishes do you feel the strongest connection and why?||
My University of Adelaide thesis was entitled Seventeenth Century Week St Mary, Cornwall, including an edition of the probate records (1988). I am currently researching the history of 'Stourton (Wiltshire) before Stourhead', studying the parish whilst it was still heavily influenced by Roman Catholicism, and before it was taken over by landscape gardening.