Recent research projects include work for the National Trust, the history of a Somerset village and manor, unravelling various families who lived in a small isolated valley in Kent, and work on tax records in the National Archives to clarify the medieval and early modern ownership and occupation of lands in north west Wales.
All research is undertaken personally by Susan Moore.
The history of any house can be traced, but those in a rural position tend to be more easily identified through the records. In addition to a list of owners (and occupiers, if different) the sort of detail that can be found if the records have survived might include a description of the rooms, a court case over financing a rebuild, or a history of earlier houses on the same site.
Susan Moore will search deeds, maps, court cases and other records that can help distinguish between different members of the family, or just to find out more about the lives of your ancestors.
Susan Moore will undertake research for academics in the field of Chancery Proceedings, deeds, and tax records in the National Archives and in the West Country.
Many projects have been undertaken on behalf of lawyers. These include locating relevant documents and maps to clarify a land dispute, trace the current and past ownership of lordships of the manor, Chancel Repair searches, etc. It must be made absolutely clear that any research undertaken or documents provided are purely from a historical perspective, and do not in any way constitute a legal opinion.
Tracing the history of the village where you live is a huge undertaking, but Susan Moore can help with identifying and reading the deeds, court records, and early tax records.
Many manorial histories have been compiled by Susan Moore, usually for those who have recently become a Lord of the Manor, and wish to know more about their particular manor. The research can be compiled into a booklet which can then be printed.
Local history projects have proved some of the most interesting to have been undertaken by Susan Moore over the last few years. Many local historians do not appreciate the extent to which records held nationally such as Chancery Proceedings can illuminate local history.