What is Census Sensibility?

Census Sensibility is a genealogical research and consultancy business I established in 2016. Ever one to inject a pun into anything I do, I laughed for a good 10 minutes when I came up with the name and I continues to giggle when I read it.


I love learning and have dreams of being a cross between Hermione Granger and a tweed-wearing eccentric professor who doesn’t emerge from her den unless she’s run out of tea. I have recently completed the MSc in Genealogical, Paleographic and Heraldic Studies with the University of Strathclyde and specialised in female title inheritance in England and Scotland.

Since October 2020 I have been working towards a PhD at the University of Sussex. My thesis is titled: ‘I cannot conceive of a man without thought’: Life Courses and Care of Patients at the Sussex County Asylum, 1859-1914.

Skills Set

I’m based in West Sussex and can readily access historical and archival resources in London, Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and Wiltshire. Over the years I have also conducted genealogical research in Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, Ireland, France and Belgium.

I’m a dual Australian/French citizen, and as such am fluent in both English and French. I can provide translation services of historical documents (to/from French/English).

I’m a member of both the Register of Professional Genealogists (RPG) and the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and an Associate of the Association of Genealogists & Researchers in Archives (AGRA) and follow these organisations codes of conduct.


Genealogy isn’t just for old men and women trying to find a link to royalty – genealogy is about learning from the past, learning from our ancestors and honouring them and where we come from. Genealogy is socially relevant to everyone and can help people, young and old, build and grow their own identity.

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