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Meadow View House
191 Queens Road

+44 (0)1603 610619

I charge £25 Sterling per hour for research. Costs of other services are detailed throughout this site. Please click here to contact me for more details.


PaypalI now produce an e-mail Newsletter. It goes out every couple of months and contains details of forthcoming events, recommended books and websites, tips and a "this month in history section". If you would like to receive a copy please email me at:

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Alex Orton. Ian Buckingham and Gill Blanchard


Gill TeachingCourses and Talks

Reviews of my Courses and Talks

Having had many years of full time professional research experience I also hold a Post Graduate Certificate in Education for teaching adults. I have taught a great range of people in all sorts of places: from prisons and village halls all the way up postgraduate students at the University of East Anglia.

Learning how to assess students' needs, design courses and structure lessons are skills from my teaching career that are integrated with my family history knowledge to create the curriculum for my courses. This teaching experience allows me to clearly explain and demonstrate the skills I learned working in archives for many years.

Courses talks and workshops

I provide a range of face-to-face tuition and lecturing services. I regularly run courses at a variety of locations around East Anglia and at the Society of Genealogists in London. I give talks and run workshops at events such as Who Do You Think You Are Live and regional events.


I am delivering a new online course "Writing Your Family History". This will be provided through my own website and will begin 25 September 2016. This will be a 2 part course spread over 2 ten week sessions with the 2nd session starting 29 January 2017. For full details please click here . Writing your Family History


I have been booked for a large number of talks throughout the UK for 2016 and 2017. A list appears below but please check back regularly as this list will be frequently updated.

Saturday 13 February 2016 3.45 pm - Writing a One Name Study. Guild of One Name Studies (GOONS), Colonel Dane Memorial Hall, Church St, Alwalton, Cambridgeshire PE7 3UU.

Wednesday 17 February 2016 7.30 pm - Finding Out How Our Ancestors Lived. Mid Norfolk Family History Society, Trinity Church Hall, East Dereham.

Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2016. I will be attending all three days of the show. I will be presenting a talk Writing Your Family History - Top Tips on Saturday 9 April 12.15. I will also be available within the Ask The Experts Area.

Thursday 14 April 2016 7.30 pm - Writing Your Family History. Suffolk Family History Society Haverhill Group, Old Independent Church Hall, Haverhill,

Thursday 21 April 2016 2-4 pm - All About Directories. Reigate U3A Family History Group, Reigate Park Church, Park Lane East, Reigate RH2 8BD

Tuesday 5 July 2016 12.30 - 2 pm - Parish Life Revisited. Norwich Womens Institute Lunchtime Group, Scout Hut, Rowington Rd, Norwich



I have conducted historical tours around Norwich, Norfolk and Suffolk and contributed research to tours run by others. I have undertaken tour guidance to individuals and groups from Australia and America. I also offer tailored tours, either as a personal guide or by producing historical packs for people who would like information relevant to their own ancestry and their own exploration. As a historian, author and tutor I can provide a range of information in an accessible way either face-to-face or written-up.


Comments from some of my clients

Thank you for this [Poor Law] course Gill. I have found it to be totally professionally run (I'm a bit of a critic of training programs, can't help myself). I shall be doing some more courses, this has been my third, and I like the discipline of assessments.

Margaret Moxon. Australia

Having attended one of Gill's "further steps" family history courses, I was most impressed with her thorough knowledge of the subject and preparation before each class and her encouragement during those classes to explore every aspect of our research. I know we all eagerly looked forward to her classes each week.

Alison Brown. North Norfolk

I have very much enjoyed classes that I have attended. They were relaxed, enjoyable and very informative, with each session being flexible enough to provide for the needs of that group.

Sandra Hopewell. South Norfolk

I attended classes at The Family History Centre, where Gill Blanchard was the tutor, her knowledge and experience of family history shone through, along with an enthusiasm which was infectious, it helped me to get involved, researching and thoroughly enjoying (probably forever) this fascinating subject.

Phyll Clements, Norfolk

I have been on two courses run by Gill, one online and one in a more traditional classroom setting. The online course relating to the Poor and the Poor Law in the 19th Century, was thorough in content and expertise. In true teacher fashion Gill leads her students towards the answers, while ensuring they experience the research process and reach their own conclusions. The more traditional post-graduate course was equally thorough and professional. Gill is an excellent teacher who is generous with her support, advice and expertise. Any course run by her will guarantee an enjoyable experience and will effectively develop your own skills. If you see one advertised, don't hesitate but sign up immediately before all the places are gone.

Liz Rastrick, Suffolk

Gill is a wonderful teacher - anyone interested in past times, their ancestry and local history can't do better than take advantage of her wide knowledge and enthusiasm.

Roger Polhill, Norfolk