The Achievements Team

Meet our research team here at Achievements.

Dr Richard Baker - Principal

Dr Richard Baker - Principal

Our heraldry consultant and expert, Dr Richard Baker has for years been one of the top authorities in the subject and helps with our close liaison with the Royal College of Arms. He can decipher the smallest signet ring or identify ancient coats of arms, which often leads to magnificent pedigrees and manuscript far beyond the scope of the internet. His PhD from Imperial College London in the field of biochemistry and genetics led him to the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies where he has undertaken research concerning genetic diseases. Dr. Baker became the Principal of the Institute in 2010, after the retirement of our founder Cecil Humphery-Smith.

Elizabeth Yule - Senior Researcher

Elizabeth Yule - Senior Genealogy Researcher

Elizabeth Yule has been researching her own family history for many years and is especially interested in East Anglian genealogy. She has a History degree from the University of Kent, and has completed the IHGS Diploma and the MSc in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde.

Member of AGRALiz is a member of the professional organisation the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA).

Emma Jones - Researcher

Emma Jones - Researcher

Emma Jones graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University with a BA in History. She previously worked at the Canterbury Cathedral Archives and is especially interested in the social/economic side of our ancestors' day to day lives.

Sarah Bulson - Librarian

Sarah Bulson - Librarian

Wiltshire born Sarah Bulson is our resident Librarian. She obtained her bachelors degree in History before completing her Masters in Library and related I.T. studies at University College, London. As the Librarian of the Institute, she and her team of volunteers are at the disposal of the research team to unlock all those obscure sources that modern internet indexes fail to reach.

Joanna Guariglia - Research & Enquiries

Joanna Guariglia - Research & Enquiries

Having graduated from Bristol University with a joint honours degree in History and Art History, Joanna undertook her post-graduate studies at the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, and has worked here for over thirty years.

Michelle Webber - Registrar

Michelle Webber - Registrar

Michelle is the Registrar of IHGS, and also works as the pedigree compilation specialist for Achievements.

“...Firstly, I write to say thank you for all the information that you have sent me. I strongly praise you and all of Achievements for the work and interest you have given..go on to another ancestry line...again I wish to thank you for all that you have done.”
M.C., Oxford

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