Speaker Information

Jean Fullerton


Born into a large, East End family and raised in overcrowded streets round the Tower of London. Jean still lives in East London and believes her background gives her stories their authenticity. Author of seven historical novels, Jean is a qualified District and Queen's nurse who has spent most of her working life in London’s East End, first as a Sister and then as a District Nurse tutor.

Paul Stickler


Paul is a former UK police officer with background in murder investigations. During his service he was seconded to the FBI National Academy in Virginia where he graduated with a diploma in International Law Enforcement. Paul now spends his time researching British historical murders and lecturing.

David Turner


Doctor of Railway Studies at the University of York and National Railway Museum's "Institute of Railway Studies and Transport History", David specialises in Victorian railway management between 1870 and 1914.

Alan Ruston


Alan is a HertsFHS member since the earliest days, a former Chairman, a former Hertfordshire People editor, and now a Vice President since 2001. Has been our expert advisor on most family history topics, particularly on Nonconformity.

Ken Griffin


A long-time member of HertsFHS and a Committee member, Ken has produced an internationally acclaimed index of transported UK convicts to Australia and other British colonies. He has also given various talks on the British legal system.

Gill Blanchard


A founder of "Writing Your Family History", author and tutor, Gill Blanchard is a professional genealogist, house historian, tutor and author based in Norwich. She has run a family history, house history and local history research business since 1997, after working in a local record office for six years.

John Hanson


A long-time member of the GOONS and Trustee of the Society of Genealogists, John has been a genealogist for over 30 years. He has lectured for over 10 years, including at WDYTYA exhibitions and has written frequently for FTM and many other journals.

John Mein


A long-time member of St Albans Arc. & Arc.(now known as St Albans & Hertfordshire Architectural & Archaeological Society), Jon is now its President.

Alistair Hodgson


A Berkhamsted-based engineering consultant, Mr Hodgson became a volunteer at the London Colney museum 11 years ago, and is currently restoring a De Havilland Sea Venom jet fighter.

Ian Waller


Prior to his retirement, Ian was a professional genealogist with over 30 years experience in English research. He is currently Chairman of AGRA (Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives) which represents professional genealogists in England and Wales.

Felicity Brimblecombe


She is an amateur family historian researching for nearly 40 years. She continues the family tradition of recording family details started by this branch of her ancestors in the early 19th century. She is also interested in Garden History and Military History (particularly World War One).

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