Together with Alec Tritton 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.

Geoff was Chairman, webmaster and former Secretary of the Association of Family History Societies of Wales, which he represents on The National Archives Online Advisory Panel and the British Genealogical Record Users Committee. He is the Regional Representative for Wales of the Guild of One-Name Studies, serving on its Executive Committee from 1997-2003 and as Vice-Chairman from 2001-2003. He is former Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Director of Internet Facilities, and webmaster of The Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS), having served on its Board of Directors from 2001-2008 and then retired by rote, and was Chairman and Managing Director of FFHS (Publications) Ltd from 2003-2008. In his spare time, he researches his RIGGS Surname Study worldwide.

Geoff has written articles for Family Tree Magazine, Family History Monthly, and the Journal of One-Name Studies, and collaborated on an article in The American Genealogist. He has lectured and given interviews on BBC Radio Wales Look Up Your Genes, appeared on BBC Wales Today TV news, Channel 4′s Extraordinary Ancestors, and on the BBC-Parliament channel presenting oral evidence on behalf of the FFHS to the House of Commons Regulatory Reform Committee on the proposals affecting Civil Registration. He was a guest host answering queries on the BBC web site’s Message Boards during the first series of Who Do You Think You Are, and has been a member of the “Ask the Experts” panel at the Who Do You Think You Are? Live shows at Olympia. He has also lectured at that event and the former SoG Family History Experience, at seminars and conferences of the Guild of One-Name Studies and the FFHS, at the Society of Genealogists, and has given talks extensively throughout England and Wales to Family History Societies as well as to local history and other organisations. Having served a number of years as Chairman of the Gwent Family History Society, he has been Chairman of its Newport Branch and of its Blackwood Branch, which he set up. He launched and maintained its website from 1998-2007 and is currently Liaison Officer, representing the Society as a member of the Joint Management Committee of the Gwent Record Office. For several years he led a U3A genealogy class which he’d initiated, and gave help and advice one day a week at Cardiff LDS Family History Centre.

Geoff spent 22 years in Lloyds Bank Head Office management after 9 years in branch banking. An Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a member of the Institute of Management Services, he attended courses run by Henley Management College and Kingston University, lectured at the Management Training College and was a member of the Management Grading Assessment Panel. He developed and managed the branch accounting IT systems, switched to manage O&M Research inspection teams, then liaised between IT Division and the Assistant General Managers of Retail and Commercial Banking in the strategic planning and control of future systems. Before taking early retirement to return to Wales, Geoff was Deputy Chief Manager of Operational Research within UK Retail Banking.

Sadly Geoff died on 12th June 2011



A Fellow of the Society of Genealogists, Geoff was one of its Trustees and also its Vice Chairman. He was formerly its Treasurer for six years and a Director of the subsidiary SoG Enterprises. He is a founder member of the Rayne Family History Group established recently in Essex. His interest in family history goes back to his school-days and he is currently active with three one-name studies: WEDMORE, SCARNELL and PUCKLE.

He was formerly a Computer Projects Manager with Save & Prosper Group (a subsidiary of Robert Fleming Bank). More than half of the time he was involved with Accounting and Banking systems.

Sadly Geoff died in January 2014


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.

Derek retired as a Trustee in Spetember 2014