Annie Hedington is an independent social researcher. Part of the post war “baby boom”, she was educated at an English grammar school and two Scottish universities before a career as an academic librarian and archivist.
Annie’s interest in family history started whilst researching the history of a colleague’s house on the Sussex coast, discovering its intriguing connection with a local mayor, the Salvation Army, William Morris, and the English owners of the Sicilian marsala trade. This commission led to a project for the National Trust, uncovering information about country house servants and estate workers and tracing their ancestors and descendants.
Annie grew up knowing very little about her parents’ families. Her maternal grandparents died when she was a child and she had very few memories of them. Sadly, she never met her paternal grandparents. Fortunately, her mother and other elderly relatives were able to provide clues which enabled Annie to trace her grandparents’ records and thence construct the family tree.
Having established her genealogy, Annie wants to delve further into the lives of some people in the tree and to write their stories. As a Londoner, Annie is particularly keen to explore archives that shed light on how her ancestors came to London, how they responded to the challenges of life in a metropolis at the hub of empire, and their personal links to historical events in Britain and overseas during three centuries of change and conflict.
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