After a career in IT and data management, Kim’s time is now devoted to family and local history where she is a founding member of the Society for One-Place Studies and webmaster for the Guild of One-Name Studies. She and her husband Mark pursue two one-name studies, the Estall surname primarily from the East End of London and the Eastlake surname from Devon and Cornwall. A one-place study grew out of this research which focuses on Bratton Clovelly, Devon where Eastlake Farm has stood since medieval times.
Kim presents to family and local history groups on a variety of topics related to her studies such as migration from Devon and Cornwall and findings from the Bratton manor rolls that she recently had translated. She is currently participating in a project on nonconformity with the Family & Community Historical Research Society, with particular interest in the Bible Christian denomination. Having recently retired to Malta, she is also beginning to present on the fascinating and diverse history of a country where her married name ranks 50th amongst Maltese surnames. In parallel, Kim speaks on technical topics including websites, WordPress and data analysis for family and local historians. She holds an MBA from the Wharton School and an MSE in Computer Science from the Moore School, both at the University of Pennsylvania. More recently, she completed the Advanced Diploma in Local History offered by Oxford University.
In 1911, a quiet soldier named Thomas Estall (nee Hutchings) died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Cairo. At the inquest, his Colour Sergeant reported that Thomas ‘spoke like a man who was hardly done by’. This is the story of the disintegration of a silk-weaving family from the East End of London through Victorian […]