Dr. Sophie Kay, D.Phil, is a professional genealogist and research scientist based at Khronicle, with over 18 years’ experience in family history research across the British Isles. In addition to her private client work, she brings family history to an international audience as the Ancestry and Genealogy Expert for popular archaeology & history show, Time Team. A keen speaker and educator, she is also the Specialist Tutor in DNA at the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, and teaches research methodology and historical mapping techniques for family history at Pharos Tutors.
Sophie is an AGRA Member and is registered with the RQG. Her specialisms include the use of historical mapping techniques in genealogical research, genetic genealogy, death records and historical occupations, and she’s also the creator of the #OccupationOfTheDay hashtag on Twitter, which showcases a range of jobs from bygone times.
An experienced educator and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Sophie delivers a programme of speaker talks throughout the year to a range of conferences and family history societies around the world.
- Invited workshop speaker for a range of host organisations, including Family Tree Magazine, the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies and the Curious Descendants Club;
- Keynote Speaker for THE Genealogy Show (2021) and the Families of British India (FiBiS) Conference (2024);
- Invited speaker for the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Register of Qualified Genealogists, and the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives;
- Speaker at RootsTech 2022, the biggest global conference for all things family history;
- Exciting Keynote sessions and interactive talks to follow in 2024…stay tuned for details!
Sophie was also Director of the global award-winning Open Science Training Initiative from 2012 to 2019, established during her time as one of the inaugural Panton Fellows with the Open Knowledge Foundation.
Originally from a background in mathematics and interdisciplinary cancer research, Sophie holds a doctorate in Systems Biology from the University of Oxford, where she also taught mathematics, statistics and computational bioscience from 2008 to 2014.
Sophie champions progress in disability access within the genealogy and historical research communities and served on the panel for the User Advisory Group of The National Archives (Kew, U.K.) from 2018-2022.
She is also on the management team of Twitter’s #AncestryHour, the weekly space for family history conversations, which takes place at 7pm (UK time) every Tuesday, and co-runs the Pro-Am Genies, a professional development group for aspiring and professional genealogists.
Need to get in touch?
Please direct email queries about The Parchment Rustler, including offers of review materials for publication titles and public exhibitions, to sophie[at]parchmentrustler.com
Professional queries, requests for research quotations and offers of work should be sent to sophie[at]khronicle.co.uk
All opinions and content presented on Sophie’s blog “The Parchment Rustler” are personal, and should not be assumed to represent these organisations in any way, unless otherwise stated.