I was born in Barking, Essex on the eastern fringes of London on a Saturday in the 1960s when Spurs lost.  My lovely Dad never let me forget that.
I had an idyllic childhood full of trees, bikes, football and mud. Parents who were encouraging but not pushy. They opened our eyes to what was possible.
I grew up in Barking, but knew that once I had left London to go to medical school, I would never be going back. A chance interview took me to Nottingham for a 12 month post at the City Hospital, and 25 years later I'm still here.
Our family were dockers in the London docks living in squalid poverty a hundred years ago. My parents were the first generation to have a university education (albeit as mature students) and their own house. Me and my sister are standing on the shoulders of giants, our East End forebears who could see what was possible if we believed and were prepared to keep at it.
My genealogy research started in earnest after Mum died in 2002 (her funeral was on the day that England went out to Brazil in the World Cup ). Dad had always wondered where his Fitz-Henry roots came from. We never did find out while he was still alive. Even now he is gone, his DNA pattern is still there at FamilyTreeDNA waiting for that elusive Y-DNA match. Thank you for that Dad.
I co-ordinate the Fitzhenry and Fitzharris One Name Study at the Guild of One Name Studies (study number 4389). I'm also one of the Regional Reps for Nottinghamshire, even though Notts is one of the most Fitz-Henry-less places in the UK.
I have been tracing my own Fitz-Henry family for nearly 20 years, and have traced many other disconnected Fitzhenry and Fitzharris branches along the way. Mine are distinctly unhelpful in leaving clues to their origins, but the DNA pattern points to links to the Fitzhenry/Fitzharris families from County Wexford rather than the genetically distinct family from County Galway.
I also co-ordinate the Fitzhenry / Fitzharris DNA study at FamilyTreeDNA (Y testers and autosomal testers welcome!).
If you have taken an autosomal DNA test and you have the Fitzhenry or Fitzharris name in your family, please get in touch and let's see what we can find.
Many thanks to my wonderful network of Fitzhenry and Fitzharris contacts around the world, and especially Gretta Browne of Clonroche, County Wexford without who I wouldn't have got half as far as I have with it all.
I've been here on Wikitree since January 2018.
I am one of the Managed Profiles Coordinators for the England Project. The team looks after our notable English profiles, and also those English profiles which are contentious or disputed
I am also an England Project Data Doctor - mainly sorting out issues with our Managed Profiles and their immediate relations.
I am a Trailblazer for the England Project's Orphan Trail.
I was a Wikitree Leader (March - October 2020).
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