Dr. Sophie Kay, D.Phil, is a professional genealogist and research scientist based at Khronicle, with over 16 years’ experience in family history research across the British Isles. She is also an AGRA Associate and is registered with the RQG. Her specialisms include the use of historical mapping techniques in genealogical research, 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.
Sophie is an experienced educator and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She was also Director of the 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. Recent speaker appearances include Keynote sessions for THE Genealogy Show in June 2021, and invited seminars for the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies as part of their Diamond Event programmes. She’ll also be making several speaker appearances at RootsTech 2022, the biggest global conference for all things family history.
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 currently serves as a volunteer on the User Advisory Group of the UK National Archives. She is also part of the team behind #AncestryHour on Twitter, which takes place at 7pm (GMT/BST) every Tuesday.
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Please direct email queries about The Parchment Rustler, including offers of review materials for publication titles and public exhibitions, to sophie[at]parchmentrustler.com
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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.