Janet is a well-known, experienced British family and social historian who lectures regularly on these subjects across the English-speaking world. She is an advocate of setting families in their geographical and social context. To this end she encourages genealogists to take a closer look at the communities in which their ancestors lived through one-place study research. Her own current community history research focuses on Devon, particularly the impact of non-conformity on community cohesion and its links to emigration patterns. She is a former Chair of the Society for One-Place Studies and author of ‘Ten Steps to a one-place study’.
Recently, Janet has put her research skills to a rather different use and has turned to writing historical novels that are based on real individuals and events.
Further information can be found on her website, The History Interpreter