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Judith Batchelor

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Judith Batchelor on Twitter
Judith Batchelor on Twitter

Twitter

@GenealogyJude

Website

Genealogy Jude

Location

UK

Tell us a bit about your genealogy/family history journey

I started researching my family tree in my teens and after completing a degree in history, I worked for eleven years as a genealogist with the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS). I then spent eight years in Chicago and lectured at the Newberry Library. I am currently a tutor with IHGS and enjoy teaching others. I started a family history blog two years ago to share my knowledge and tell the stories of my ancestors.

Favorite food or beverage

Cheese

Surnames of interest

Batchelor, Bullock, Thorndike, Maton, Powell, Nock, Gale, Beasant, Naylor, Hammond, Naish, Dicks, Rudman, Goodyer, Woodbine

If you could meet one person from your family tree that died before you were born, who would it be and why?

My uncle, Gordon Herbert Batchelor, who died in 1942 as a prisoner of war in Germany. I have researched his Squadron extensively but I would love to hear all his stories of his time as a Spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain. 

Genealogy pet peeve

People not being interested in their ordinary ancestors, only wanting to find illustrious forebears. 

Favorite place where you’ve traveled

Vienna

From a genealogy/family history research perspective, what would you have done differently?

Been more organised.

What are you currently working on and what’s next?

I am working on my blog at Genealogy Jude and have plans to develop it further. A book on my grandfather and his experiences in the Royal Navy is also in the pipeline. I am also looking forward to presenting more talks in 2022.

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