Committee, Officers and Postholders
The committee of The Surname Society comprises the four officers (roles in bold) and up to three members who need not be post holders.
|Chair||Kirsty Gray||Committee||Send email||Read bio|
|Vice Chair||Sylvia Valentine||Committee||Send email||Read bio|
|Secretary||Mandy Blake||Committee||Send email||Read bio|
|Editor||Jennie Fairs||Committee||Send email||Read bio|
|Webmaster||Colin Spencer||Committee||Send email||Read bio|
|Membership Secretary||Vacant||Postholder||Send email|
|Social Networking Coordinator||Carole Steers||Committee||Send email||Read bio|
|School of Surnames||Vacant||Postholder||Send email|
|Assistant Webmaster||Hilary Gadsby||Postholder||Send email||Read bio|
My passion for genealogy started over twelve years ago when, as an adoptee, I traced members of my birth family, and I began a single-surname study for my maiden name of Stribling in early 2013. As well as belonging to various genealogical societies and organisations, I am Group Admin for the Devon FHS’s Facebook group. When I'm not doing something genealogy-related, I enjoy reading, technology and music. I'm married with a grown-up son.
As a Founding Member and Secretary of The Surname Society, I am looking forward to the future of both the Society and single-surname research.
My interest in genealogy began 30 years ago after starting research into my family history. After becoming a professional genealogist 20 years ago, I put my skills to work researching for book authors while continuing my passion of genealogy and, eventually, my obsession with a surname study.
Alongside my Edenborough surname study, I have administered the North Antrim Local Interest List for the past 8 years and I am currently a supervisor for candidates of the Diploma in Family History Studies with the Society of Australian Genealogists. I have also started a second surname study being Dempsey's of County Antrim in Northern Ireland.
I am retired from full-time employment and live in Spain. I have been engaged in genealogical and family history research for over 30 years.
I am currently performing a surname study into my paternal grandmothers maiden name Lefever, research into the name so far has led me to families in the Caribbean, USA, Spain, Ireland and of course France and Belgium where the name originates.
As webmaster of the society I have the challenge of developing and maintaining the website.
Social Networking Coordinator