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Michelle Leonard

Genes & Genealogy

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Biography:
I am a professional genealogist, DNA Detective, freelance researcher, speaker, writer and historian. I have considerable experience both as a traditional and a genetic genealogist. I specialize in the use of DNA testing for genealogical purposes and, in particular, solving adoption, unknown parentage, NPE, illegitimacy and other unknown ancestor mysteries. I also use DNA testing in conjunction with paper trail research to confirm and grow family trees. Additionally I take on traditional family history research work, tracing of long lost family members, documentary and television research, article and blog writing, tutoring and lecturing. I spent several years working on the ground-breaking Fromelles Genealogy Project tracking down appropriate DNA donors to help identify WWI soldiers buried in a mass grave. I also served as the Genealogical Consultant on the official documentary about the find and have given talks on it, as well as on other topics, at major genealogy events like Who Do You Think You Are? Live and Genetic Genealogy Ireland. I regularly work on new WW1 and WWII soldier cases when battlefield remains are found and DNA testing takes place. I hold an M.A. in English and Modern History from the University of St Andrews and a PgCert in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde. I am also the official genetic genealogist of ancestryhour.co.uk. Family history, my own and others, is my passion in life and I love helping people solve mysteries and uncover more about their ancestors and heritage.

Service Description:
I offer a wide range of genealogical and research services and accept clients on a global basis. If you are looking for a DNA specialist I offer DNA consultations and undertake DNA detective work. I accept adoption, unknown parentage, NPE, illegitimacy and all unknown ancestor mystery cases. I can also provide analysis of autosomal DNA results and tuition on how best to work with them; I offer tutorials on DNA and Genealogy topics on a one-to-one or group basis either online or in person. If you are looking for traditional genealogical assistance, I also have a great deal of experience in this field and my specialisms are Scottish and British family history research. I can compile family trees, assist with brick walls and carry out archival research; I am based in Glasgow, Scotland and ideally situated to access records in Archives in Glasgow, Edinburgh and the surrounding areas. I also offer a family tree review service; it is always a good idea to have a second set of eyes evaluate your work and with this service you get a professional genealogist checking you are on the right track and giving you hints and tips on how best to improve your tree. Additionally I am a living relative specialist and offer a tracing service for long lost family members; I am registered with the Information Commissioner s Office (ICO) as a data controller under the Data Protection Act 1998 (Registration Number ZA256420). I am an experienced public speaker and lecturer and am happy to accept invitiations to speak on a number of different topics most particularly DNA testing for genealogy and my work on WW1 soldiers and the Fromelles Genealogy Project. Due to my work on Fromelles and other military cases, I have considerable experience when it comes to tracing the families of soldiers for DNA identification purposes and I regularly work on new WW1 and WWII soldier cases when new battlefield remains are uncovered. In addition to genealogical research, I take on a myriad of freelance historical research work especially documentary and drama research for television. Finally I am also a freelance article and blog writer and welcome comissions to write articles for family history or historical publications and websites. Please get in touch if you would like to commission any work!

Academic Degrees:
M.A. from The University of St Andrews (English & Modern History) ; PgCert from The University of Strathclyde (Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies)

Professional Learning
Certificates:
Univ of Strathclyde - PgCertific


Research Specialty:
DNA Specialist

Time Period Specialty:
19th Century ; 20th Century ; 21st Century

Geographic Specialty:
British Isles ; Scotland

Service Categories:
Historian ; Instructor ; Lecturer/Seminars ; Author/Writer ; Oral History/Interview ; Blogger

Accepts Clients:
Yes

City:
Glasgow
Postal Code:
G31 3LJ
Country:
Scotland
Day Phone:
0141 556 0212
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Blog:
www.ancestryhour.co.uk/blog

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