PAUL BLAKE is a full-time researcher, lecturer and writer and holds the Diploma in Genealogy from the Institute of Heraldic & Genealogical Studies.
Paul was born in Wimbledon where he has lived all his life, so far, and has two daughters and a granddaughter. Until 1996 he followed a career as an interior and graphic designer.
From the mid-1980s Paul has taught classes in family history at all levels, from beginners to advanced. He lectures widely on a variety of family history and related subjects, in England, in North America and elsewhere overseas, and on cruise ships. He is joint author of the books, The complete guide to creating your own family tree and Discover your roots, and author of Discover Protestant nonconformity in England & Wales.
He is a regular contributor to Who Do You Think You Are? magazine and other periodicals. For many years he compiled the monthly Q&As section for Family History Monthly. Paul contributed to the highly successful Readers’ Digest book, Explore Your Family’s Past, and has undertaken research for the television series The People Detective and Revealing Secrets, and has appeared as an expert on Heir Hunters, and both the British and American series of Who Do You Think You Are? He has worked as an advisor to the History Channel and the BBC and undertook research into the family histories of several ‘celebrities’ for the Sunday Magazine.
Paul is a past chairman, of the Society of Genealogists Executive Committee and of its Lectures Committee. He was vice-chairman of the Executive Committee of the Federation of Family History Societies, and its Director of Publicity. He has organized several national family history conferences. Paul is President of the East Surrey FHS and a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists.
In his spare time Paul continues with his life-long interest in photography, researching his own family history and considering going swimming more often.
The reasons for, the horrors of, and the surviving records of the ‘sepoy uprising’, the widespread but unsuccessful rebellion against British rule in 1857-1858, that affected many families, both at home and in the sub-continent. Vile atrocities were committed by both side including the murder of women and children. The reprisals matched the original excesses: […]
‘Debt is the worst poverty’ runs the old proverb. Long before ‘recession’ made it into the dictionary, debt was a frequent occurrence in the lives of our ancestors: more than 30,000 debtors were arrested in England in 1837 alone. For some, debt was a way of life, for others it was a state to be […]