History Consultancy

Prodigious and excellent work.

Ken McCormack, writer and broadcaster

Emma Jolly writer, historian, genealogist

History Advice Sessions

Emma is available for family history advice sessions for individuals , institutions or special events. She is experienced in giving advice in libraries, at family history events (including Who Do You Think You Are? Live), and the Florence Nightingale Museum.


In association with Cityread London, Emma gave a talk, 'Exploring Family History at Camden Archive' with archivist Tudor Allen on 22 May 2018 at Camden Local Studies & Archives Centre, Holborn Library, London.


In February 2018, Emma represented the Society of Genealogists as part of a Twitter Q&A organised by the Imperial War Museum to mark the First World War Centenary Partnership's WomensWork100 campaign. The Q&A looked at how to research women during the First World War.

Twitter Imperial War Museum WomensWork100 Campaign

Emma has recently created a new online Beginners Course in conjunction with the Society of Genealogists. The course, which is free for members, offers a comprehensive introduction to family history, providing all the information you need to get started and build on basic knowledge. Comprising ten modules, the course guides you through records of Civil Registration, Census Returns, Directories, Probate, Armed Forces, Parish Registers, Nonconformity, The British in India, and Immigration. There are also tips on researching at The National Archives and Local Record Offices, as well as Using the Web and Tracing Living Relatives. Each module is delivered by a mixture of a voice-over PowerPoint presentation, PDFs of accompanying notes, and occasional support sessions on the Society's new Community Hub.

She also teaches the online Pharos course, "Church and Community: Selected Records 1540-1800". This course, part of the Pharos Advanced programme in association with the Society of Genealogists, builds on prior knowledge of the parish and its records, giving students the tools to understand the nature, jurisdictions and administrations under which different types of community existed in the past.

Students' comments on what they had most enjoyed about the course:

"It reinforced my learning from the 17th Century Sources course and I developed a better understanding of townships and boroughs. The workload each week was reasonable with enough time to explore the subject. The chat sessions were structured, friendly and informative. The tutor was excellent; very involved and encouraging."

"The variety of records covered; the tutor's enthusiasm and help given."

"The detail and guidance in the course was exceptional and very useful. It may me think about source material and the various records that were created."

Emma also offers a personalised telephone/Skype consultation service where she can take you through the steps required to solve your family history dilemmas.

Research For Authors

Emma works regularly with novelists and biographers who require accurate historical detail for their books. Among the authors who have used Emma's research services are Caitlin Davies, Julia Gregson, Lida Logan, Ken McCormack and Wendell Schollander.

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