News and Blog

The latest news and information from the Achievements team.

  1. The Family History Show – London 22nd September

    We are gearing up to the Family History Show in London later this month.  Run by the organisers of the Yorkshire Family History Show, we are excited to attend this year, on Saturday 22nd September.  It is held at Sandown Park Racecourse in Esher, Surrey, which has ample free parking and good rail links.  There will be free talks given throughout the day, and many family history societies and other genealogical groups will be attending.

    If you have any genealogical queries, or are interested in any of the courses run by the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, pop along to the IHGS stand where representatives of both Achievements and IHGS will be there to help.  We look forward to seeing you there!

    Further information on the day can be found here.

  2. How to draw a family tree diagram

    Presentation of family history research can sometimes be a sticking point – finding your own way of doing it satisfactorily can take some time.  The IHGS Director of Education, Les Mitchinson, has developed a system using Powerpoint to display a family tree, and runs regular courses at our headquarters in Canterbury on drawing up pedigrees.

    The next course is running on Saturday 16th June. To find out more and to book your place, click here.

  3. Spring is here!

    Spring has firmly arrived, and with the all the fine weather we have been inspired to give our patio at Achievements a good wash, in readiness for the annual Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies awards day in July. Lets just hope the weather remains fine for the next few months! Here is a photo of Martin cleaning the patio, and the finished result in the sun.


  4. Vice Chair of AGRA appointed

    Congratulations to the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies [IHGS], Director of Education, Les Mitchinson, who has recently been appointed as the Vice Chair to the Council of the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA).

  5. New Director of Education appointed at The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies

    Our sister organisation is pleased to announce the appointment of Les Mitchinson as the Institute’s Director of Education.   Les will initially assume the role on a part-time basis with immediate effect. Les is a graduate of the Institute having gained the Higher Certificate in 2008 and the Diploma in Genealogy (DipGen) in 2009.   Les has also been a member of the IHGS Education Board since 2012 and a Course Tutor since 2010. Les is also the owner of LMentary Family History and Education, and has a portfolio of professional development courses ranging from beginner through to Diploma in Genealogy.   A number of LMentary students have successfully attained the IHGS Higher Certificate and IHGS Diploma in Genealogy awards.   We look forward to a long and successful partnership with Les.

  6. Celebrations of achievement at IHGS Awards Day

    Saturday 30th July saw the rain hold off enough long enough for a lovely lunchtime and early afternoon of presentations to successful candidates who had taken the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies examinations.  These included the Certificate, Higher Certificate and Diploma in Genealogy.  As well as this, the prestigious Bickersteth Medal was awarded to Elizabeth Roads, in honour of her distinguished career in heraldry in Scotland.  She is Lyon Clerk and Keeper of the Records of the Court of the Lord Lyon, and further information on the awarding of this Medal can be found here.

    A selection of photographs illustrates the wonderful day which was had by all.


    Dr Richard Baker and the Earl of Lytton present Elizabeth Roads with the Bickersteth Medal.

    DSC_3995Successful candidates in the Diploma in Genealogy.


    All the successful students who were presented with awards.


    IHGS tutor Les Mitchinson with some of his successful students.

    P1000874A good lunch was provided, with strawberries and cream for pudding!



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