Beyond my wildest dreams

While travelling through East Sussex, my wife and I stopped at Royal Tunbridge Wells for a few days; to locate the family home where my third great grandmother lived her final days. We found the home beside the ‘Calverley Grounds’ then went to city hall and was able to obtain her death certificate.

We went to the Trinity Arts Theatre (once the Church of England) and met with some women who were able to put me contact with Emma.

From there Emma put us on track; within a few days she had located my grandmother’s gravesite with an added bonus, my third great grandfather, her husband JT White, was also buried with her; twenty three years after her death. Emma lived very close to the grave site and was able to send pictures and the inscription on the headstone. I was over the moon as I had been looking for him in London at the Brompton Cemetery.

After receiving this information from Emma everything took off, I was able to give her some of my ancestors names and dates that my sister had found in Salt Lake City many years prior. Emma started my tree with four surnames, Hubbards, Whites, Lindquist and Lovells.

I was amazed at the speed my tree grew, Emma kept me informed in detail on her progress as the tree grew, I could hardly keep track. Links to this, links to that, info to read, books to buy, information I myself would not have found. As the tree grew so did my interest, Emma sent more and more information, I would dissect it and research the people and places that she had found.

My tree started with about twenty people, it now has over nine hundred and fifty over the last year and a half. Emma has been able to trace my lineage back thirty five generations to 1015 with Robert “the Chamberlain” Bigod, Earl of East Anglia who had informed William the Conqueror of his death plot. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, Robert was granted by William, now ‘King of England’ large tracts of land in East Anglia and East Sussex.

Emma was also able to trace my heritage back to the “Mayflower” and William Bradford later to be, ‘Governor of Massachusetts USA’

Emma has put together a report showing pin point city locations for future trips and a detailed summary report from the thirty fifth generation to my generation.

Extremely professional and accurate with her information.

We continue to build the tree and I have now started a short story book(s) for each group of my tree, bringing to life those ancestors involved. Lots of fun.

Thank you Emma for all your help.

– DG – Canada

Solving longstanding mysteries

I had heard Emma talk on the details she uncovered about her relatives, and was intrigued to learn more about my own.  I had some vague knowledge about my family tree including memories of my great grandparents and remnants of stories told to me by my parents, but nothing tangible apart from names and some indefinite idea of dates and possible locations of birth.  I had already started inputting this information into a family tree software but I had come to a dead end and was feeling frustrated.  In particular I wanted to know more about two of my great grandfathers, both of whom had met an intriguing fate.

Using the scant information I was able to provide, Emma was able to research and uncover a great deal of information, not only about the two relatives in question, but about other ancestors.  However, it was the two gentlemen about whom I was most curious.  Emma was able to provide me not only with details of their parentage, date and place of birth, and professions, but crucially where and how they had died.  A full report was provided for each, cross referenced with birth and death certificates as well as newspaper articles.  And, in the case of the great grandfather who was lost during the great war, details of the medals awarded to him as well as an article describing how the ship he was on befell its fate.  I was delighted with the material provided.  Not only did it put to rest some long standing questions I had over these relatives, it also enabled me to feel a closer connection to them. I cannot fault the level of service provided by Emma, which went well beyond my expectations.  She is a very professional, diligent, knowledgable and thorough genealogist and I would have no hesitation in recommending her.

AG – Sussex

Guinness links

I have been keen to search my ancestry tree for some time especially when my father, now deceased, said we were related to the Guinness family.  That was why I was interested in my ancestry.  Then came along Emma Cox who I met at a Zoom networking event and wow was I impressed with her skills.  In a couple of days she said I was indeed a nephew of William Guinness, founder of the famous brewery, and “is your 5 x great uncle” (and I don’t even drink his beer)!  The Guinness link comes from my great grandmother Josephine. Thanks to Emma, I now have a family tree of some 145 and it is really fascinating reading about them.  So if you want to explore your past going back centuries, Emma is your person.

Michael Eve – Surrey