About Me

Dr. Sophie Kay, D.Phil, is a professional researcher working in genealogy and genetics. Her background is in mathematics and interdisciplinary cancer research and she 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 is an experienced educator, with particular interest in teaching research skills and collaborative, open working practices. She has Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and was founding director of the award-winning Open Science Training Initiative from 2012 to 2019, which she founded during her time as one of the inaugural Panton Fellows with the Open Knowledge Foundation.

Sophie currently serves as a volunteer on the User Advisory Group of the UK National Archives, with particular interest in diversity and inclusion within the archive sector. She is also part of the team behind #AncestryHour on Twitter, which takes place at 7pm (GMT/BST) every Tuesday.

You can follow Sophie on Twitter as @ScientistSoph.

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.

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    1. Hi Joe, great to hear from you. Happy to discuss reviewing one of your titles – Genealogical’s historic topographical dictionaries or genealogical gazetteers for England would be of particular interest. I’ll be in touch in the coming days!

  1. Your blog on maps was of great interest.
    I remember as a child sitting in the front passenger seat with a map telling my mother what turn, town, interesting site, etc., was coming up (pre-super highways of course). My local paper leaves maps out of articles when a map would explain what many words do not. Or they have a map with the subject located incorrectly. I received a 95 on map reading in the U.S. Army.
    In short, I love maps as you do. Your top tips will take me back into family history to look at where families were on the maps. I have a map on my wall showing where members of my family of interest live now. It is my generation that has moved across the United States in 90% of the families and even now the concentrations around Boston and New York is very large.

    1. Delighted to hear that my “Maps & Genealogy” piece struck a chord. For me, nothing can replace the wonder of physical maps: digital versions can be incredibly useful but the experience of identifying the physical features of the landscape on a hard-copy map and translating that into an ease of navgiation around a locale is really beautiful. Your wall map sounds like a great idea – thanks for sharing!

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