Jacqui Kirk our coordinator is a professional genealogist who operates as Montague Cottage research see

Genealogy Genie

She volunteers one morning a month as Leamington Library’s Genealogy Genie and the blog associated with that giving session dates and times etc is

Not Jacobite Scots

She has serialised her her grandfather William Alfred Williamson’s Boer War reminiscences as

and is now continuing his life story in the blog.  The blog title relates to the  family myth that they were descended from Scots who came down with Bonnie Prince Charlie and deserted at Derby.  However she has found no evidence to support this and can trace the Williamsons back to Nottinghamshire in 1604.

National Archives User Advisory Group

Jacqui is now a representative on the National Archives User Advisory Group as one of the two Independent Researchers’ reps.  This is the more formal consultation body for feedback on the services offered by Kew the others being the monthly User Forum and the Online community.  For more information see


Jacqui intends to use the Genealogy Genie blogsite to report back on meetings etc so keep an eye on that – you can register to follow it by email and receive notifications of any new posts as they happen.

Local history

The Trinity family history group is based in Leamington Spa and many of its members are interested in Leamington’s history so are members of the Leamington History Group