A long time "history buff" I have been researching my own family history for 25 years. Starting with a blank canvas and gradually building a "rich tapestry" over those years has been life changing for me. My personal research has lead me to Catholic orphanages and back to back housing in central Birmingham. Click here to read more. I was also shocked to discover stories about child abandonment and Broadmoor special hospital. A very exciting discovery was the many Irish ancestors moving to the USA in search of a better life. I have even found a link by marriage to a recently deceased and much loved Irish singer.
And of course, like many others, I am very proud of the military service given by my ancestors and particularly those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
My early adult life was devoted to raising a family but managing to fit in some Open University courses. I then went on to gain a BSc(Hons) in Sociology and Social Work as a mature student at the University of Bath.
I have had a long career in local government, my last post involved managing a large team that delivered a variety of national vocational qualifications to learners across Wiltshire. I also spent 5 years working part time as an external consultant for City & Guilds as well as some lecturing at my local FE college.
Leaving full time employment has given me the opportunity to develop my passion into a service which will enable others to go on that journey into their past.
In any profession ongoing learning is important and I regularly attend events and utilise learning opportunities to keep up to date with advances and new ways of working in the rapidly changing world of genealogy. I am currently studying with the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies in Canterbury. Over the years I have built up a sizeable library and numerous sets of resources.
I belong to several Family History Societies linked to my own personal research as well as the Wiltshire Family History Society.
Some comments from previous clients
My grandfather died before I was born but I wanted to learn more about his service in WW1. I was delighted with the amount of information that Patricia Marks Family Historian was able to find even though his service record has not survived. This means a lot to me at a time when we are remembering how much we owe to those who served. If you want to discover how your ancestors lived their lives, I would thoroughly recommend Patricia as a professional researcher.
I have been absolutely amazed and excited at the amount of details provided by Patricia Marks Family Historian. With only my parents DOB and without any known siblings, she has provided me with full details of 5 generations of my family history, including a few surprises!
This has all been backed up with birth, death and parish certificates and records and it has left me eager to research other branches of my family tree.
A truly professional service with results that are easy to understand.
Thank you so much for the professional and thorough work that you have completed on my behalf. I was impressed by the array of knowledge, expertise and resources you used and would highly recommend and use your services again.