About Us

About me tabCathy has over 30 years experience in historical research. She set up Bucks Research in 2003 to provide a family history, house history and local history research service for the counties of Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire. Research at the National Archives at Kew and the Bodleian Library in Oxford is also regularly undertaken.

Qualifications

Cathy graduated with a BA Honours degree in Medieval and Modern history from the University of Nottingham in the early 1980s. This included modules specialising in local history and Palaeography (reading old handwriting) both in Latin and English. Having a keen interest in genealogy and house history, what started initially just as a hobby for family and friends has developed into a enjoyable professional business where she does her utmost to provide an efficient, friendly and reliable service.

Other qualifications include:-

  • Higher Certificate in Genealogy, Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (I.H.G.S) – a recognised professional genealogical qualification.
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Architectural History, University of Oxford. House history research is a specialised field and whilst many of the available documentary sources are those used by genealogists, as an architectural historian Cathy can also investigate the structural history of a house.
  • Accreditations

Cathy is a member of AGRA, the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives which requires its members to meet high standards of expertise and professional conduct by proving their competence. The genealogy industry is unregulated and anyone can call themselves a professional genealogist without taking any relevant qualifications or having appropriate experience. AGRA is the only genealogical organisation which requires would be members to submit various examples of work before they can be granted full membership. Members also abide by AGRA’s Code of Practice which gives added peace of mind.

Cathy is also a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, The Society of Genealogists and various local historical societies. She is one of the regular “Ask the Experts” at the annual “Who Do You Think You Are?” Show at Olympia.

Over the years Cathy has carried out family history, local history and house history research for hundreds of satisfied clients. Whilst the majority of clients are private individuals, research has also been carried out for a number of commercial companies including solicitors, architects, probate companies, conservation consultancies, heritage societies and auction houses. Cathy has also written articles which have appeared in various genealogical publications and magazines both in the UK and USA.

Testimonials

I am extremely grateful to you for taking this on; you’ve done some wonderful work on my behalf MC, New Zealand

Many thanks for the fantastic information, the documents are really interesting, KM, Oxfordshire

Wow I am stunned and amazed – I can’t thank you enough! This is where, sometimes, an amateur is reminded what a professional can do. I’m just thrilled to see more of this story NBW California