Hi! I’m Mia Bennett (although formally I’m Amelia). I have been researching my family history for over 25 years and am now a professional genealogist specialising in using DNA to solve family history mysteries. I am the chair of the Gloucestershire Family History Society. Previously I was a trustee of the Society of Genealogists (SoG) and am continuing my association with them as a volunteer and speaker. I am an Associate of AGRA (the professional body for genealogists in England and Wales).
I followed in my ancestor’s footsteps as an engineer but now I love using my analysis skills to investigate the fascinating world of my, and others’, relatives.
I carry out DNA analysis for family history including unknown parentage, run brickwall workshops, provide advice at family history shows, have volunteered in the SoG library and give talks on DNA and family history. I particularly enjoy carrying out consultations on DNA and more traditional family history via Zoom and in person.
I am studying for a Higher Certificate in Genealogy at the IHGS. I’m an alumni of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and have travelled internationally to meet others who share my passion. Science is at the fore with my interest in using DNA to solve genealogical mysteries. Most recently I have attended the Advanced DNA Evidence course at GRIP (Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh).
I am based in Gloucestershire and have easy access to the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub (archives). Also, I have relatively easy access to Bristol Archives. Due to my connection with the Society of Genealogists, I plan to be regularly in their library when it reopens.
A list of talks and workshops that I can give is available and additional information about current talks is presented on the Information page. Events that I am attending are listed there too. More information about my personal genealogical journey, including opportunities that I have taken to further my knowledge, is captured on my blog.
My genealogy services are under the name ‘Mia Genealogy’. Although I had a blog called Family Tree Cafe and the associated website, this was not available for commercial reasons. The ethos of Family Tree Cafe remains as one of the things I love most about family history and genealogy is sharing it with other people. There is a joy and thrill to share with people who love researching families and telling the stories we discover. The long term aim remains to set up meet-ups for people passionate about family history in a relaxed, social environment. So I look forward to gatherings in a ‘cafe’ style environment – although it would be just as possible to meet up in pubs or other locations.
I want to use this website as a way of sharing my own research with my family and friends old and new. I am writing blogs that will hopefully help others to do their own research as well as sharing my stories along the way.
I am now working with another professional genealogist to offer a more streamlined (and hopefully quicker for you) DNA analysis service. This is in addition to the other services which we both offer independently.
Kathy Wilshaw is a highly experienced family historian who specialises in adoption and living people searches – find out more at: www.kathywilshaw.co.uk.
Using our DNA service means that you have two highly skilled researchers available to help you through your DNA journey.
Together we can:
- Provide personalised guidance on DNA result interpretation
- Review DNA test results to suggest options for further research
- Create pathways to try to identify unknown family members
- Trace and locate living family members if appropriate
- Offer advice on your next steps
- Signpost you to appropriate support if needed
No researcher, however knowledgeable or qualified, can guarantee to find a missing person or break down a brick wall, as the ability to do so depends on the availability of records and supporting evidence. What we can offer is expert research, advice and guidance based upon our many years of experience in genealogy.
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