Helen Osborn Research - About Helen

Helen Osborn

I have been undertaking professional genealogy and historical research since 1998 and after over 15,000 hours' work as an independent researcher have encountered just about every type of research problem and project, small and large. My own family history project now reaches back 20 generations and covers almost every county in England (and some in Scotland and further afield as well).

I am a qualified archivist and have a first-class degree in history as well as an MA in archives and records management. I also teach family history, and am co-owner and founder of Pharos Tutors, the first provider of online genealogy education in the UK. I have also been a consultant and researcher for the popular BBC series "Who Do You Think You Are?" as well as the USA version of the same show.

I am a member of the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA) and have lectured at a number of family history society conferences and over the years given many talks on a large variety of historical and family history topics.

I am the author of Genealogy Essential Research Methods (2012)


"Her knowledge of social history really separates Helen Osborn from other Genealogical Researchers - I recommend her without qualification."

 (P. West, USA)