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Sarah E Doig
BMus (Hons), DipLib
I can trace my love of history back to childhood visits I made with my family to a small Norfolk village where my ancestors were blacksmiths. Some years later I embarked on a voyage of discovery into my family history and unearthed some fascinating details of my forebears and their life and work. From then on I was hooked on all aspects of family and local history.
After a twenty-year career in the Foreign Office, I moved back to Suffolk, where I had spent my formative years, and made a radical shift to being self-employed. Using my postgraduate training, sixteen years of genealogical research experience and distance learning studies with the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, I launched a research service in 2010. I have since helped many people from across the globe discover more about their ancestors and their way of life. Later on I started offering house histories which are equally absorbing and rewarding.
One aspect of my new work which I have found particularly enjoyable is speaking on family, local and general history subjects to clubs and societies across East Anglia. I hope that by my enthusiasm for the subjects I speak on, I can inspire others to delve into their past.
In 2012 I teamed up with a small group of local historians in bidding for a Heritage Lottery Fund grant. This money enabled us to research and publish a range of books on different aspects of the group of villages to which we belong. We have continued to produce further books with the proceeds from the initial series. I undertake this work in a purely voluntary capacity.
I now divide my time between family and house history research, writing, giving talks and music. Every single day is different and each presents its own challenges and achievements. It is the sheer diversity of my current work which I enjoy the most.
I must confess to having very little time for hobbies. What leisure time I do have, though, is spent enjoying food and drink in good company, and learning to paint in watercolours.