Meet the Managing Director

Kirsty Gray

Kirsty Gray has over 15 years research experience and has her foot in many genealogical doors around the world.

Her first involvement in family history came at the tender age of seven years with her maternal grandfather’s tree in hand. Obsessed with her great-grandmother’s maiden name of Sillifant, Kirsty began a One-Name Study on the name in 1999, publishing tri-annual journals on the surname for the last nine years.

Kirsty took up genealogy professionally while training to be a teacher in 2002. Running Family Wise Limited, Kirsty has conducted research for private individuals, solicitors, academics and companies worldwide.

As an author, Kirsty has written for many international publications on various topics for beginners to more advanced levels and her first book, Tracing Your West Country Ancestors, was published in March 2013 by Pen and Sword. A sought-after lecturer, her knowledge and her energetic and infectious personality wows audiences around the world.

Appointed as Director of English Studies with the National Institute for Genealogical Studies (University of Toronto, Canada) in 2011, Kirsty has more recently been awarded Superstar Genealogist (Gold Medallist in the Rockstar Genealogist Awards 2013) for the UK / Ireland by fellow family history professionals.

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