My name is Rob Alexander. Welcome to my website.
Though bitten by the genealogy bug at a relatively young age, I worked in computing for many years, latterly living and working in South-east Asia where the experience of being thousands of miles away from needed archives and record centres was all too familiar to me.
I offer my services as a records agent, genealogist and researcher, in accordance with a Code of Conduct derived from that recommended in the course I studied with the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies.
I have a postgraduate degree in historical research. I have been a member of the Guild of One-name Studies and the Society of Genealogists for many years, as well as several local family history societies.
I was a contributor to the BBC’s successful series of radio programmes entitled “Surnames, Genes and Genealogy” broadcast in 2001, and I am currently administrator for a project using DNA with www.familytreeDNA.com.
Brookwood Cemetery, the largest private cemetery in Europe is just up the road from me, and so is the Surrey History Centre, where they hold the burial registers from Brookwood Cemetery and many Surrey parish registers. I live close to the border with Hampshire and to the Benedictine monastery with the tombs of Napoleon III and the Imperial family (including that of his son, the Prince Imperial, who was killed in the Zulu Wars fighting for the British). Their tombs are in the crypt of St Michael’s Abbey in Farnborough, which was until recently home to the National Catholic Library.
I’m a frequent visitor to London and its many archives, record offices and libraries, so in practice most of my research work relates to Surrey and London, as do many of the finding aids I accumulate. I do not make claim to any greater insight into research in Surrey other than this, but it is useful to have this area of specialisation. My other interests include British India and nonconformists, including Quakers.
Teaching is another passion in my life, and I have taught family history for Surrey County Council at adult education classes, and English as a Foreign Language to students from all over the world.
If you share my earlier frustration from being far away from the records you need, why not contact me to find out if you could benefit from my help.