Meet the Managing Director
Kirsty Gray has over 15 years research experience and has her foot in many genealogical doors around the world.
Her first involvement in family history came at the tender age of seven years with her maternal grandfather’s tree in hand. Obsessed with her great-grandmother’s maiden name of Sillifant, Kirsty began a surname study on the name in 1999, publishing tri-annual journals on the surname for ten years.
Kirsty took up genealogy professionally while training to be a teacher in 2002. Running Family Wise Limited, Kirsty has conducted research for private individuals, solicitors, academics and companies worldwide.
As an author, Kirsty has written for many international publications on various topics for beginners to more advanced levels and her first book, Tracing Your West Country Ancestors, was published in March 2013 by Pen and Sword. A sought-after lecturer, her knowledge and her energetic and infectious personality wows audiences around the world, with several ‘headline appearances’ in genealogy conference programmes across the globe.
Kirsty was awarded Superstar Genealogist (Gold Medallist in the Rockstar Genealogist Awards 2015) for the UK/Ireland and the Commonwealth by fellow family history professionals, and was the first non-US genealogist to be in the Top Ten International list. She has recently appeared on Qui-Etes Vous? (Who Do You Think You Are?) in Canada, researching the English roots of the opera singer, Marc Hervieux and in 2016, one of Kirsty’s success stories of 2015 featured on the second series of the BBC’s Family Finders.