Hello, my name is Les Mitchinson and I am a professionally qualified genealogist based in Petersfield, Hampshire. I am a graduate of the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS), School of Family History, gaining my Higher Certificate in Genealogy (HC) in 2008 and the Diploma in Genealogy (DipGen) the following year. After graduating I became a course tutor with the IHGS, guiding students through the IHGS Correspondence Course and towards the IHGS Higher Certificate in Genealogy. In January 2017 I was appointed to the IHGS as the Director of Education and in 2021 was made a Fellow of the Institute of Heraldry and Genealogy (FHG).     

I founded LMentary Family History in 2009 and have a steady flow of commissions with clients as far away as America and Australia. I also have a thriving education element to my business, running family history day courses in Petersfield and courses that lead to the IHGS Higher Certificate in Genealogy and the IHGS Diploma in Genealogy.  Seven LMentary students have received the IHGS Higher Certificate in Genealogy and eight have gained the IHGS Diploma in Genealogy. I also speak on a wide-range of family history subjects and you will find a list of topics to choose from.

In 2017 I formed a partnership with the IHGS, School of Family History, and now offer my elementary, intermediate and advanced family history courses as IHGS/LMentary Distance Learning courses, administered through the Institute.   

Whatever your need, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to see how I can help.

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