The Past Revealed

About me

My interest in genealogy began in 2006, long before I realised I could turn it into a career. Researching my own tree uncovered long forgotten family secrets, such as a fourth great-grandfather who was a Prisoner of War during the Napoleonic Wars, a fourth great-grandmother who was a smuggler and a trigamist great-grandfather (married to three people at the same time!).

I believe every ancestor has a story to tell and love nothing more than acting as a detective and revealing their hidden stories. I established The Past Revealed to help others discover more about their family history.

I am currently based in South Derbyshire but lived in Dorset for over 20 years. I specialise in English genealogy.

I have always been interested in history and gained BSc (Hons) in Heritage Conservation in 2009 and MA Museum Studies in 2010 from Bournemouth University. I am also a graduate of the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies and on the Register of Qualified Genealogists.

My first book ‘Discover Your Dorset Ancestors’ was published by Family History Books in 2022. I have written several magazine articles, including for Who Do You Think You Are Magazine and Dorset Magazine. I am currently writing my second book.

Chloe O'Shea MA DipGen QG