Hi! I’m Amelia Bennett (also known as Mia on social media). I have been researching my family history for over 24 years and I have been a trustee of the Society of Genealogists (SoG) for over three years.
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 relatives.
I have run brickwall workshops, provided advice, worked in the SoG library and have recently started to give talks. 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 new found interest in using DNA to solve older genealogical mysteries.
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’m regularly in their library in London.
A list of talks and workshops that I am giving is presented on the Information page. Events that I am attending are listed there too. For more information about my personal genealogical journey, including opportunities that I have taken to further my knowledge, this is captured on my blog.
Family Tree Cafe
I chose the name Family Tree Cafe for my website for a number of reasons. One of the things I love most about family history and genealogy is sharing it with other people who love researching families and telling the stories we discover. The long term aim is 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. Hopefully, people will stop by the Family Tree Cafe to learn and share.
The other reason for Family Tree Cafe was due to the fact that a number of years ago I considered setting up an actual cafe where people could come to research their family tree. Although for business reasons this did not happen, the concept and name has always stayed with me.
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