About Paul Carter

Paul Carter Genealogist and Technologist KentI'm a genealogist and technologist living by the sea on the East Kent coast although frequently found in and around London, from where I originate.

A holder of a BA (Hons) degree, I am currently studying towards a Higher Certificate in Genealogy from the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS) in Canterbury. As part of my development as a genealogist, I am an Associate of Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA).

A member of the Guild of One-Name Studies (researching surname FOOK(E)S), a member of the Society for One-Place Studies (researching the villages of Wickhambreaux and St Nicholas At Wade in East Kent) and a member of a number of local family history societies, including my most local, Kent FHS. I'm a member of the Society of Genealogists and regularly use their library in London as well as the British Library at St. Pancras and the National Archives in Kew. However my favourite place to research is the one nearest to home; the Cathedral Archives in Canterbury.

With over 25 years' experience in the IT industry, I hold Professional Member status with the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) and have been developing web and Internet solutions since the mid-1990s.

The fact that I have a foot in each of the IT and genealogical camps means I am frequently asked to develop genealogy websites and applications, hence the description of a genealogist and technologist . I am currently working on some exciting new genealogical database solutions in addition to undertaking family history research commissions.

As technical lead for Name and Place, the online database app for one-name studies, one-place studies and local history societies, I am working on the exciting technology we will be launching in late-2017 / 2018.

I am also regularly asked to speak to genealogy and local history audiences about how to promote work or services via the web and social media. I've lectured at both the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS) and the Society of Genealogists on this subject. In April 2017, I gave a talk for the Who Do You Think You Are Live? show at the NEC in Birmingham.

In 2018 I will be writing some articles and regular columns for Family Tree magazine, discussing how technology can be used by family historians.


Client Testimonials

Paul has provided my family with invaluable assistance in uncovering the history of my grandfather's involvement in the Second World War. He kept us informed of his timely progress throughout a very thorough process and showed genuine warmth and interest in the story he uncovered. I will continue to work with Paul until there's nothing left to learn! I would like to pass on heartfelt thanks from the whole family to Paul and those he has worked with on our behalf.

Andrew, Surrey

I think your report is excellent. I am so pleased with it. I have downloaded the images from your website to my hard disc. The images of the source document are a truly marvellous resource to have. I am so grateful to you for all you have done, and I am truly pleased with the results.

J. Madden, military genealogical research client

Thank you very much for your e-mail with the results of your research. I am delighted with the information you have found, which was much more than I anticipated. I immediately skimmed through the diary and have today gone through it more carefully. It really gives an insight into my grandfather's WW1 experiences. I find the map particularly helpful in tracking the movements of this Company. It's sad though that my Mother and her two siblings did not know any of this. All they had were two or three postcards with very few words.

M. Lewis, military genealogical research client

Wordpress - this appeared possible.

Society of Genealogists course attendee

Very clear lecture. Learnt a huge amount, was never lost! And very impressive how well timed the lecture was. Brilliant.

Society of Genealogists course attendee

Fast paced and full of info. All of interest and will definitely help me to work towards creating a family history website.

Society of Genealogists course attendee

Good to see building of pages with option to see HTML code and how it changes, having background from first session.

Society of Genealogists course attendee

I didn't need to keep my own notes - clear and informative.

Society of Genealogists course attendee

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