My name is Jane Roberts. I live in Batley, West Yorkshire, the former “Shoddy Capital” of the world. From childhood I always had an interest in history and the past. So it was inevitable that once I left sixth form I went on to read Modern History at Liverpool University. Since graduating I have worked in the civil service but always retained my love of history.

My interest in genealogy developed after hearing tales from my uncle about my grandmother’s brother who was killed in a childhood motorcar accident in 1910. I started researching my family tree in 2005, fitting it in between family, work and supporting my Rugby League team, Huddersfield Giants.

In 2016 I completed the Family History Skills and Strategies (Intermediate) Certificate Course, jointly awarded Pharos Tutors and the Society of Genealogists, passing with a distinction. With an average of 90% I received the highest overall mark of students graduating that year.

I have a one-name study, Aveyard, registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies. The email contact for this is aveyard@one-name.org

My family history is predominantly West Yorkshire based with a significant County Mayo connection. It’s a working-class family. But family history isn’t only about the rich and the famous. It’s about every day lives. Every family has a story to tell. It’s a case of discovering that story. And no matter how much time I spend on researching my family there is always more to discover!

But I have not limited myself to researching my own family history. I have helped others with theirs, undertaking private research and providing advice and mentoring services.

My major project has been War Memorial based. Since childhood I have been fascinated by the First World War Memorial at Batley St Mary of the Angels RC church. This resulted in me spending around three years finding out about the men behind the 76 names. I printed a booklet based on this research to raise funds which I split between the Church and The Royal British Legion.

St Mary’s church, a place very much entwined with my family history and which features frequently in my blog, is currently raising money to repair the roof. More details, including a link for any donations, can be found here:

This blog will be based largely around my family history research and those associated with my local town. I hope you enjoy it.

Email: pasttopresentgenealogy@gmail.com
Twitter: @JaneElRoberts

10 responses to “About

  1. A great site Jane!!! I saw it in Shoddy Matters today

  2. My maiden name was wallis my date of birth26.4.68 think I lived at back Richmond street.my mum’s maiden name was Edwina wrigglesworth she was from thornhill.her mum’s maiden name was Ann Auty.

  3. Are you on FB or Twitter? I thought you were but now I can’t find you. May not be getting the handle right?

  4. Hi Jane, Amos Hallas is also my great-great-grandfather. I also have a Liverpool History degree and am about to start my PhD in History, probably basing my work on Yorkshire textile mills due to my genealogical research. Contact me!


  5. Hi Jane!

    My name is Nancy Burnett and I am also a descendant of the Robert Burnett born about 1771 in your articles. I have been fascinated with your articles about Stephen, etc.

    You can contact me at my email if you want to speak with a distant cousin who is also researching the same branch of the Burnetts.


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