When I hear someone say
“my ancestors were boring”
it makes me feel sad.
Because our ancestors are part of us...
That dishy bloke on the left is Bill. Handsome, isn’t he? My Great-Gran Zellah, certainly thought so. She was deeply in love with him, but tragically he died serving in WW2. He was only 34 and left behind a widow and 2 small children. Zellah never forgot him, aged 80 she made a pilgrimage to his grave in Tunisia.
Their love story had a huge impact upon their descendants. Gran’s resilience, Bill’s heroism…it shaped my family. Because, our ancestors’ stories are an integral part of who we are. Bill and Zellah’s story runs through my veins.
It’s my passion to help others to explore and share their family stories. Telling stories is an integral part of being human, they help us to understand the past, ourselves and to shape the future.
And about me, Natalie...
I’m a self-confessed history geek and a Mum of 3. I live in beautiful Somerset and opposite is a pic of my favourite “thinking spot”.
I started tracing my family tree when I was 18, whilst studying for my degree in English Lit. I told you I loved stories, right!? I spent long nights devouring many classic novels. These stories fuelled my interest in social history and the lives of our ancestors.
After Uni I developed a career in Project Management, and I work for the Society of Genealogists in a part-time combined PM and Communications Management role. I really enjoy it, especially the problem-solving aspects! I’m not ashamed to say I love a good spreadsheet.
Genealogy Stories allows me to combine my passion for history with the pleasure I take from analysing and structuring data. I’m a big tech lover, and a bit of an app addict! As well as founding the Curious Descendants Club, I offer a range of talks and workshops.
CURIOUS DESCENDANTS CLUB
Start writing your family history today. Turn your facts into narratives with the help of the Curious Descendants Club workshops and community.
TALKS & WORKSHOPS
Looking for a guest speaker? Or a tutor on your family history course? I offer a range of talks with a focus on technology, writing and sharing genealogy stories.