Top Tips for House History

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Top Tips for House History Buckinghamshire History Festival

Professional researcher and house historian Cathy Soughton gives us her top tips for starting your own house history. **7 min**

Cathy is a qualified architectural historian and accredited genealogist who has specialised in carrying out house histories for both private homeowners and commercial clients for nearly 20 years.

Living in Buckinghamshire, Cathy has researched the history of numerous houses in the county as well as many further afield. Local homes researched have been as diverse as medieval manor houses, old pubs, converted schools, farmhouses and Georgian townhouses. She is an expert on Rothschild estate buildings in the Vale of Aylesbury having studied them in depth for the dissertation for her architectural history qualification. Each history undertaken is bespoke and tailored to a client’s specific requirements. As well as carrying out documentary research on the history of a property, Cathy can also provide a structural overview. The history can be produced in different formats and she also works with a professional photographer to provide beautifully illustrated house history books.

Cathy has written articles for various publications, given regular talks and provides ‘Ask the Expert’ advice on house histories at Family History shows. She is a Member and the current Secretary of AGRA, the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives which maintains and promotes high standards of professional conduct in the field of genealogy and historical research.

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