Bringing to life the former owners and earlier inhabitants of an old house
Bringing pre 18th century ancestors to life using legal and place-based records
Expand a house or family history into full village or manorial history
Using original rectords to bring ordinary people in ordinary places to life
Research support for academics, with speciality in Equity court records, particularly Chancery
Historical record service for lawyers, in original records in the National Archives
Susan Moore is a specialist in the records of the Equity Courts, particularly the Court of Chancery. Her entire working career has been spent as a freelance professional historical researcher since graduation from the University of St Andrews in the 1970s.
Although now based in Somerset, Susan spends most of her time carrying out research in the National Archives, visiting other archives as the need arises, so there is scarcely an archive or type of record that has not been looked at during her long career.
Land ownership and occupation is at the heart of most of the current projects, with successful completion of
All research is undertaken personally by Susan Moore.
For all types of documents dating from 1500 that are written in English. The transcripts can be provided in a readable format with modern spelling or using the original spelling.
Requests can be for an entire history of a place, house, or family, or can be limited to assistance with a particular area of research or type of records.
One-to-one online tutorials in deciphering old handwriting. Sessions can be either an introduction to palaeography, or working on a document or style of handwriting.
Contact Susan outlining your request, with full details of the information you already have and what you hope to find
A research programme will include an ongoing list of potentially relevant sources
All work is charged on a time basis, and most research tend to extend to several days, in some cases weeks
In two parts: full research notes, and a detailed explanation of what has been found, with image of relevant document
It has been fascinating to read about people’s daily lives and how the village used to be, aside from the useful family information.
Finally had a chance to read through the latest report - what a fascinating slice of manorial history! Lovely stuff, thanks again. Quite the incredible list of character assassinations in the latest report! My wife and I were very entertained reading through it. What a messy situation, and it is nice to get a touch of gender equality in the history of the manor's rogues!
Thank you very much for your courteous and prompt attention to my cause and the several queries arising therefrom. I'm greatly indebted to your advice and for your research on my behalf.