Dr Penny Walters PhD, MSc, Grad.IPM, PGCert. Genealogy, BSc. Hons

Book Public Speaker Penny Walters

Location:
Bristol, UK
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    Free - 500 to 1k

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About Dr Penny Walters PhD, MSc, Grad.IPM, PGCert. Genealogy, BSc. Hons

Have you seen the TV programmes ‘Long Lost Families’ & ‘Who Do You think You Are’? Have you wondered how to make a start on searching for ancestors or relatives? Dr. Penny Walters lectures internationally and writes articles about genealogy: including – how to start a family tree; mixing DNA results with a paper trail; ethical dilemmas within genealogy; the psychology of searching; being from a diaspora; Irish heritage; adoption issues; Ivory Coast ancestors (slave history); the professionalization of genealogy; census taking in Egypt; and genealogy tourism.

Penny has been a University Lecturer for 30+ years, teaching Undergraduate and Masters Psychology, and Business Studies throughout the UK. Penny’s PhD (2001) investigated ‘Ethical Dilemmas in Health Promotion.’ Penny has the Post. Graduate Certificate in Genealogy from Strathclyde University, and is the Editor of the Journal of the Bristol & Avon Family History Society.

Penny was adopted at birth, and her ancestral search has taken her back from the UK, through south Wales’ coalmines, to the Irish Famine. DNA testing revealed that Penny is 71% Irish heritage, which supported the paper trail of ¾ of her ancestors coming from Ireland. This information has led to many recent visits to Ireland, to get the feel of where her ancestors had to leave. Penny’s children, have all undertaken DNA tests, revealing fascinating insights into their own cultural heritages.

Penny has recently been a consultant genealogist on the forthcoming series of the Channel 4 TV series ‘Genealogy Roadshow’.



My Specialist Subjects

genealogy

how to start a family tree; mixing DNA results with a paper trail; ethical dilemmas within genealogy; the psychology of searching; being from a diaspora; Irish heritage; adoption issues; Ivory Coast ancestors (slave history); the professionalization of genealogy; census taking in Egypt; and genealogy tourism

psychology

Clients I've Worked For

  • Society of Genealogists (UK)
  • Federation of Family History Societies (UK)
  • Association of Professional Genealogists (USA)
  • Cork Foundation (Ireland)
  • Bristol University (UK)
  • Westminster University (UK)


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