I'm Ruth Bloom of Ruth Bloom
Research. After graduating from Reading University with a BA (Hons) in French I worked for many years in industry as a project manager
and consultant, going freelance in 1994. Eventually I decided to change direction in order to pursue my passion for
genealogy. I have been researching my own family history on and off since
2000 and providing professional research services since 2004
- further details of which can be found on my RECENT PROJECTS page.
I'm listed as one of the Independent Researchers at
The National Archives (TNA), and particularly enjoy research into military and
naval records, as well as criminal records, land records, metropolitan police
and merchant seamen. However, because I'm familiar with TNA's catalogue
and finding aids, I can turn my hand to most subjects, no matter how esoteric.
I can deal with documents from the C17th onwards, and am experienced in
paleography (reading and transcribing old documents).
Above all, I love the detective work involved in
uncovering long-gone ancestors, and finding out more about them.
Every family has an interesting tale to tell, no matter how modest their
origins or how sparse the initial information. My own family history
research has had the added bonus of putting me in touch with many
far-flung cousins around the world that I never knew I had.
In order to provide the best service to my clients, I chose to follow a rigorous programme with the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS), recognised within the profession as the foremost provider of training in genealogy. In July 2006 I was awarded IHGS's Higher Certificate, and in July 2007 I gained the Diploma in Genealogy. This, coupled with my previous roles in the corporate world and over 10 years' research experience, enables me to deliver a responsive and professional service to my clients.