About me – Sarah Pettyfer

Hi, I am a qualified professional genealogist based in Surrey and the South West.

I have been researching my own family history for about 20 years. My qualifications include the Higher Certificiate in Genealogy and Diploma in Genealogy from the IHGS (Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies) and before starting my family history business I worked as a solicitor for 18 years.

Member of AGRA
Member of the Register of Qualified Genealogist

Whilst I research all era’s my particular interest is researching families pre 19th century.

Archives hold a vast array of records. These can be utilised to extend your family tree and provide insights into the lives of your ancestors. Of particular interest are the court records of the past: both civil and criminal. Many of our ancestors will be found in the complex court system of the past for reasons unthinkable today!

For me, there is nothing quite like examining a 300+ year old record to find an ancestor and discover how they lived. From agricultural workers to Lords of the Manor; criminals or Knights of the Realm; there is no such thing as a “boring” ancestor!

I am always excited to take on new projects and help you find your family history.