About

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 its Director of Education.     

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 classes in the Petersfield area that cater for the absolute beginner through to the more experienced. A number of my students have passed the IHGS Level A and Level B assessments, eleven have attained the IHGS Certificate in Genealogy, seven 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 family history courses as IHGS/LMentary correspondence 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.

Trace Your Family History

Are you starting from a blank piece of paper, following a family myth or need inspiration to overcome that brick wall? All aspects of research are considered so please read on

Get a Recognised Qualification

I offer a two-year family history course that prepares you for the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS) Higher Certificate Examination. Find out more.

Military Histories

Read some of the fascinating tales I have stumbled across whilst conducting research using military records. Fact is indeed often stranger than fiction.

Free Evaluation!

Tell me what you want and I will provide you with a free evaluation. Everything will be itemised meaning your final invoice will not contain any shocks! Contact me.