The online magazine South East Star has presented an Award of Excellence to Census Searches Ltd. for an 'outstanding level of service'.
There have been very few positives to emerge for the global Covid 19 pandemic and the restrictions we've all had to live with over the last 12 months but there is one industry that has been enjoying somewhat of a renaissance. Genealogy is the study of families, family history and the tracing of their lineages and it has become increasingly popular over the last year with so many of us locked down at home and having more time on our hands. Our regular readers will need no introduction to Lady Teviot of the award winning Census Searches who is one of the UK's foremost experts in genealogy. We were luck enough to catch up with Ladyn Teviot who gave us a fascinating insight into the industry and the success that Census Searches have enjoyed.
Most of us will at some point in our lives have been curious about our origins and family history. For most of us though it can be difficult to know where to start and is a daunting undertaking which ultimately deters most people from pursuing that initial interest. This is where Lady Teviot as an internationally renowned family history expert and author can help, having a long track record of helping people discover that fascinating undiscovered history.
1. What was the inspiration behind launching Census Searches Ltd.?
It's something I've always been interested in and I suppose that interest was first triggered when I cam across a memorial on Kirby Malham church which had my mother's maiden name of Ramadan inscribed. This got my mind wondering and was the start of my own journey of discovery. I've always been passionate about helping people and I take a great deal of satisfaction from helping people through their own journeys.
2. You must face difficult challenges on an almost daily basis, can you give us an example of a challenge you have faced and how you have overcome it?
So often people have done much of their own research bit it's not always a straightforward process.. Many of them make some initial progress but eventually hit a brick wall that can leave them feeling frustrated. I have been doing this for many years so through my experience and my tried and tested methods I am able to help people break through those brick walls and discover the truth.
3. How have you adapted to the current changes of the Covid 19 pandemic and what procedures do you have in place to keep yourself and colleagues protected.
To be honest I have been quite lucky and haven't faced too much disruption because of Covid. Rather than meet clients face to face I can just as easily communicate with them electronically or over the phone. Much of my work is research based which I can carry out through the internet or by using a microfiche machine so I'm able to carry out my work just as effectively as I would during normal times.
4. What are your aspirations for the future?
I enjoy what I do so I would like to cary on researching and helping as many people as I can to discover their past. My work has enabled me to travel across the world and meet some fabulous people which is something I'd like to resume post Covid. Over the years I've undertaken lecture tours, speaking about family history in Canada, the US, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. That's something I'm really looking forward to resuming once some of the current restrictions are lifted.
5. Do you have plans to expand Census Searches Ltd in the future?
I remain ambitious and of course after the success we've enjoyed I am determined for Census Searches to continue to grow in the years to come. Winning the 2021 Award of Excellence from E2 Media recently was something we are very proud of and it's a great incentive to keep doing what we are doing and growing in the future.
If you've ever been curious about your history, with all the restrictions in place now is probably the best time there has been to review family trees and approach old problems with a fresh pair of eyes and Lady Teviot is the person that can help make it happen.