About Emma Jolly

A big thank you to Emma for her assistance in my family history project. Her friendly and expert advice has given me a much needed 'leg up' over the brick wall that I had run into. Not only has Emma completed the work we agreed on at the start, she has also offered valuable insights which will no doubt take my research in a new direction that I would not have realised without her. I will come straight to Emma again the next time I need some professional help.

Claire McLeod

Emma Jolly book signing Tracing Your Ancestors Using The Census

Emma Jolly is a professional genealogist, writer and historical researcher.

She studied at Sussex University - BA (Hons) in Intellectual History (2000) - and Sheffield Hallam University - MA with Merit in History: Imperialism and Culture (2014). In November 2014, Emma was awarded the Russell Finch prize for best History MA dissertation. She has also attained (2006) the IHGS Higher Certificate in Genealogy.

Emma writes regularly for family history publications, and is the author of four books: My Ancestor was a Woman at War (2014), Tracing Your Ancestors Using the Census (2013), Tracing Your British Indian Ancestors (2012) and Family History for Kids (2007). For full details of Emma's writing, see the Books page.

Besides writing, Emma's media work includes research for IWC Media, the Daily Mirror, Michael Palin, Dragonfly Productions, and the BBC.

Emma is an active member of the Society of Genealogists, Families In British India Society (FIBIS) and London Historians. Emma is also a member of the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA) and is on the recommended researchers list for the India Office Records at the British Library.

Based in London, Emma specializes in genealogy problem-solving, London history, social history, women's history and the British in India.

When she is not researching for clients, Emma enjoys exploring her own family's history. Currently she is looking further into the life of her great-great grandfather, William Mitchell Jolly (1842-1889), and following up on the results of her autosomal DNA test with Family Tree DNA.

Latest From Emma's Blog

Thames Discovery Programme: The Man who saved London from Drowning

Thanks to the Thames Discovery Programme, the community archaeology project run by MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology), for sending news […]

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Gender & the Great War – The myth of the ‘superfluous woman’

Thank you to writer and researcher, Suzie Grogan, for contributing this guest post on the myth of the ‘superflous woman’ […]

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