My name is Diane Baptie and I live at the seaside in Portobello in Edinburgh.
I have a university degree and have been doing research for over 20 years
I am a member of ASGRA (the Association of Scottish Genealogists and Researchers in Archives). We have all undergone tests as to our competence and have agreed to adhere to a strict Code of Practice
I attended a course on reading old handwriting run by the National Records of Scotland a number of years ago and since then have been kept busy transcribing a wide variety of documents
I am a Researcher in Archives and am experienced in searching records from the 16th century onward. I specialize in researching in the Historical Search Room in the National Records of Scotland (NRS) in Edinburgh and in the Special Collections Department Reading Room at the National Library of Scotland (NLS) there
I have undertaken research in records covering a wide variety of subjects for academics, PhD students, authors, businesses, institutions and local historians.
Many of my clients have been enterprising family historians who have wanted to go beyond births, marriages and deaths. Some have been frustrated by the gaps in the parish registers. Some have sought specific information about people and properties. Others have wanted to locate sources to prove whether unsubstantiated material which they have found in books or online is correct or not
I always use original records which may help to:
- reveal more details about a person, place or subject
- verify or correct an online or printed source
- assist in filling in gaps or finding earlier material
- prove or disprove a family story
Have you visited the NRS or NLS, but did not have time to complete your search? Could I help you with this?
Did you photograph or do you have a photocopy of a document which you find difficult to understand? Can I interpret it for you?
Have you downloaded a testament or a will from the ScotlandsPeople site? Would you like me to transcribe or summarise it for you?