About me

I have a lifelong interest in history. My mother is a local and family historian, and her influence made me acutely aware of the lives of our forebears and how that has influenced us and our world. As a teenager I spent my summer holidays working at Bedfordshire Archives.

I have a BA (Hons) degree in Medieval Studies from the University of Birmingham and I have spent many years tracing my own family history.

After leaving university, I worked for a stockbroker in the City of London, but whilst I learnt valuable business skills, the environment was not for me. I went on to work for the RSPB for several years, following my other great interest which is natural history.

My life has moved full circle. I am now a mother of two daughters and have followed in my own mother’s footsteps, researching family and local histories. It’s been a return to my first passion and I find nothing more enjoyable than finding out about forgotten lives, and telling their stories, so the people of the past can be remembered once again.

I am an Associate member of AGRA, the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives in England and Wales, and am bound by its code of practice.

You can read my blog to find out more about the work I do and interesting things I have found in the course of my research.

Contact me: enquiries@ellen-collier.co.uk; 07971 046660
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