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 specialize in researching in the Historical Search Room at the National Records of Scotland (NRS) in Edinburgh and am experienced in searching records from the 16th century onwards.
I also research in the Special Collections Department Reading Room at the National Library of Scotland (NLS)
I have undertaken research on a variety of subjects for academics, PhD students, authors, businesses, institutions and local historians. Many of my clients have been family historians looking for more information about some members of their families or the history of any properties they may have owned or lived in
I have also been employed by quite a few clients who have been trying to prove or disprove material which has been put online either independently or on a commercial genealogical site where, in both cases, no sources have been given
I always use original records which may:
- 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
Perhaps you have visited the Historical Search Room, but did not have time to complete your search and would like to continue it. Could I help you with this?
Have you taken a photograph or photocopy of a document there or downloaded a will from the ScotlandsPeople site which you have found difficult to read? Could I transcribe or summarize it for you?