Hi – my name is Alex Cleverley and I am the author of this blog.
I live in Wiltshire, England with my partner Paul and my cat Sam. I’ve had an interest in genealogy since 2003 when I decided to look through an old family album with my Dad and make an effort to understand who the people were in the photographs.
I’ve moved around a fair bit in my 30 odd years, having been born in Hertfordshire, my family moved to Wiltshire in 1985 living in the picturesque village of Easton Royal for a couple of years before settling in the market town of Marlborough in 1987 where we lived for 14 years. I had a brief stint in London in 2000 before moving to Calne in 2001 where I stayed for a couple of years when I decided to rent my little house out and move up to the Scottish Borders to work for my parents in their hotel. After a year there I spent 6 months living on the Isle of Wight before moving back up to Wiltshire in 2005. I was married but separated in 2016 and moved again but within Wiltshire. My parents now run a lovely B&B in Powys – Rhyd Hir – worth checking out!
I enjoy writing and talking about my ancestors and pretty much anything to do with family history. I love looking through old photographs and documents and love the feeling when I find out something new.
My ancestry is mainly based in Northern England, Northern Wales and Essex, my ex husband’s tree spans Wales, Scotland and Ireland as well as London – I have written about some of that research here. My partner Paul has his ancestry mostly based in Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Huntingdonshire and Sussex.
I have been compiling data for several One Name Studies for the surnames Pilley, Coulden and Sharod. So if you are researching any of these surnames, or indeed if you are descended from any of the people mentioned in my blog posts – why not contact me!