Their backgrounds

ALEC TRITTON is the elected Chairman of the Halsted Trust

Together with Geoff Riggs and Robert Gordon, then Director of the Society of Genealogists, he was one of the three Trustees when the Trust was originally set up in 2001.

He joined the Guild of One-Name Studies in 1995 where he was elected Vice-Chairman in 1997 and Chairman in 1999 which post he held till 2002. He has also served as a Trustee of the Society of Genealogists, and was elected as Vice-Chairman. In 2000 he was elected Vice-Chairman of the Federation of Family History Societies eventually being elected Chairman in 2002, a position he held until 2006 retiring by rote.

Currently Alec is a Vice-President of the Guild of One-Name Studies and he is a member of the Lectures Working Group at the Society of Genealogists. He has always been interested in genealogy, being a long standing member of Kent Family History Society, and he is also a member of the Sussex Family History Group.

Alec writes extensively on family history subjects for Family Tree Magazine completing two extensive series on “Lost London Burial Grounds” and “Worship, Weird and Wonderful” as well as reviewing a number of software packages. He has been a lecturer and teacher in family history for over ten years and has lectured extensively in England including at the Who Do You Think You Are? Live event and its predecessor the SoG Family History Experience. In 2003 he was invited to speak at the Federation of Genealogical Societies International Conference in Florida.

He was born in Hastings and as the family moved around, attended many schools before joining the Royal Navy in 1968, serving on HMS Rothesay, HMS Norfolk and HMS Brazen, leaving in 1985. Alec joined Photain Controls PLC as the Service Manager rising to become the Technical Director. The Company was sold in 2002 and the UK manufacturing operation moved to South Africa. He left the Company and has since been working part time as a licensed Florida Real Estate Agent. Married with two children, Alec lives in rural Gloucestershire keeping horses and chickens. His hobbies include reading and listening to smooth jazz.

DEREK PALGRAVE, FSG, is a life Vice President of the Federation of Family History Societies, having served on its Executive Committee from 1976 to 1982 and from 1994 to 2000.

 

He was its first Publications Director and was involved in its publishing programme since 1977. He was the founding Editor of the Federation’s Family History News and Digest and compiled and edited the Abstracts for inclusion in the Digest Section of that Journal.

His interest in history began in the early fifties when he started to study both medieval churches and his Palgrave genealogy and heraldry, During the late sixties and early seventies he became associated with several newly-emerging family history societies. He recently completed his MPhil thesis on 20th century agricultural history.

Derek has been elected to Fellowships of the Royal Historical Society and the Society of Genealogists. He is currently President of the Guild of One-Name Studies, President of Doncaster and District Family History Society, a Vice President of the Cambridge University Heraldic & Genealogical Society, and Patron of Suffolk Family History Society. He is a member of the East of England Regional Archives Council and of the Thesaurus of British Surnames Steering Group. Other organisations with which he is associated include the Heraldry Society, the Flag Institute, the Norfolk Family History Society, the Norfolk Records Society, the Suffolk Records Society and the Friends of Suffolk Record Office.

Derek edits The Escutcheon (The Journal of Cambridge University Heraldic & Genealogical Society) and the Palgrave Chronicle, which circulates to the Palgraves and their descendants all over the world. He has written well over 200 articles, papers and booklets on various aspects of history, contributing often on a regular basis to local newspapers and to the magazine Practical Family History. As an experienced speaker he lectures very widely to audiences on scientific and historical topics both in this country and in the United States. He has taken part in several television programmes and for a decade or so was a regular broadcaster on radio.

He was formerly Technical Director of an I.C.I. subsidiary company and he remains involved in chemistry in his capacity as an occasional consultant, and as a freelance lecturer, WEA tutor and University extra-mural tutor, being a member of the College of Teachers. Derek is a Chartered Chemist and has been elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is also associated with the International Fertiliser Society, the Society of Chemical Industry and the Institute of Risk Management.

ELSE CHURCHILL is the Genealogy Officer of the Society of Genealogists.

She has over 25 years of experience as a professional genealogical librarian and researcher, holding a Degree in European Studies and the Post Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies. Formerly the Librarian of the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, and a researcher with Achievements Ltd and with Ancestors Ltd, Else joined the SoG in 1994, initially as Deputy Librarian before being appointed to her current post on the retirement of the Society’s Director Anthony Camp in 1998. Her particular responsibilities now include external liaison and representation, education, publishing and publicity.

Else is the Convener of the British Genealogical Record Users Committee, a Council member of the British Record Society and a former Council Member of the Friends of The National Archives. She is a member of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Council on National Records and Archives, a member of The National Archives Online Advisory Panel and a former member of the Family Records Centre User Group. In 20004 Else presented oral evidence at the House of Commons to the Regulatory Reform Committee, in support of the Federation’s submissions to Parliament criticising certain of the government proposals to modernise Civil Registration.

Else writes a monthly column in Your Family Tree magazine, and has contributed to articles to Family Tree Magazine, Ancestors Magazine, BBC Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine and of course the SoG’s own Genealogists Magazine. She has written articles on advanced genealogy techniques and sources for the BBC History Family History website and has acted as a genealogical consultant for the BBC’s web based genealogical enquiries and newsgroup. She has recently edited the Society of Genealogists First Steps in Family History. Else lectures regularly for the Society of Genealogists, for the National Archives and for local groups of the family history community around the United Kingdom and in Canada, USA and New Zealand.

Her main interests lie in the seventeenth century and sources for people who lived through the English Civil Wars but Else also specializes in using the records of the Victorian Censuses which are invaluable for family historians. Occasionally she gets a chance to do catch up with her own family history research which at present lingers in Herefordshire in the late 17th century.

JIM HALSTEAD

Jim started to look into the origins of his family after a chance remark by a relative in 2001. In the years that followed, he visited archives and carried out extensive research in Devon, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Berlin and Lower Saxony to trace the family’s origins. This research is on-going and has now expanded to cover extended members of the family. Jim writes up his research findings each year in a newsletter which he then distributes to descendants of the family all over the world and summarises on the family history website.  Jim also provides support and assistance to those who are starting their own research. Amongst other things, he has helped a family history group to transcribe some local parish registers and provided advice to a mining museum which was looking to make accident records from the 19th century available to the public. In addition, Jim is interested in DNA testing and how the results can be used to help family historians with the difficult parts of their research.

When not researching family history, Jim enjoys travel and photography. Originally from West Yorkshire, he has lived and worked in many parts of the UK and Europe. He is married and currently lives in Essex

ANNE RAMON

Anne Ramon1Anne has been interested in family history since she drew her first family tree at age 11.  School, then University, then 31 years’ employment with Midland/HSBC Bank intervened and progress on the family tree was slow. Genealogy was not forgotten completely though and Anne was able to study for and complete the Record Agent qualification from IHGS (Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies) , attend the annual Family History conferences and read Journals and magazines.

Anne retired from banking two years ago and has picked up her family history interest again, starting with her local Family History Society, East Surrey, which she now Chairs.  She is fortunate that East Surrey was the home of many of her ancestors, both beside the Thames at Southwark and Waterloo, and on the southern border with Sussex.

Anne is a volunteer at the National Archives, Kew, where she is helping with the re-housing of the 1911-14 Inland Revenue maps, and is assisting the Kingston Aviation (lottery) project which records and celebrates the early aircraft industry in Ham and Richmond.

Other interests include travel, walking, industrial archaeology , lace making  and natural history.  Anne lives with her husband and two cats near Kingston, Surrey.

JOHN HANSON, FSG, is the Research Director of the Halsted Trust, having formerly been its Research Assistant and Data Manager.

He joined the Guild of One-Name Studies in 1996 where he served on its Executive Committee for several years and was also its Data Processing Manager for 5 years. John has served as a Trustee of the Society of Genealogists for many years, and is currently Chairman of its Library Committee and on a number of its Working Parties including Lectures, Shows and Digitisation. He has been interested in genealogy for the past 25 years and particularly in the use that computers can play in research and record keeping.

He writes extensively on family history subjects for Family Tree Magazine and Practical Family History, including several series of articles, and regularly reviews family history software packages for them. He has been a lecturer and teacher in family history for over ten years and has lectured throughout England including at the Who Do You Think You Are? Live shows and at its predecessor, the SoG Family History Experience. He is also a member of the Society of Genealogists Census Detectives team.

He was born in Edmonton, North London and lived there until the family moved to South East Hertfordshire in 1950. He worked for many years for one of the country’s major building societies and banks, ending up as a Systems Specialist in mainframe databases. He took early retirement in 2001 with the intention of completing some more of his own family history and is still trying. Married with three children and one grandson, John lives in Milton Keynes. His other interests, if he has time from family history, include reading and walking.

SANDRA TURNER is engaged as Secretary of the Halsted Trust.

Sandra Turner started researching family history about 25 years ago. When one of the names she was researching appeared to be a rare name it was suggested to her that she looked at The Guild of One-Name Studies.  This she did and as the name was not registered Sandra joined and registered the name herself. Then in 2000 Sandra joined the committee and after the AGM that year was appointed Treasurer the post which she held for four years.  Sandra remained on the Committee until April 2010, taking on the role of Regional Representative Co-ordinator.
Sandra was appointed the secretary of The Halsted Trust in May 2009.

 

 

 

 

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