I have been studying family history for a number of years and developed an interest in the local history of my ancestors' surroundings, placing them in context, hence the appeal of FACHRS.
I hold a family history certificate from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) in Preston and Oxford University's online Advanced Diploma in Local History.
A volunteer at the Bolton History Centre, I am currently working on a World War One project and providing one-to-one advice sessions on Internet resources for family history. Additionally, I have been involved with Salford's Working Class Movement Library, in particular in its oral history project, 'Invisible Histories', which recorded the memories of people who worked for some of the city's major employers.
Another interest is local traditions and folklore.