My name is Susan Butler. With an honours degree in history from Sheffield University and over thirty years' experience as a local and family history tutor for the Workers' Educational Association, I have a strong background in historical research. My fascination with the past began at an early age, and has only strengthened over time!
I have been researching Howden, Goole and the surrounding Yorkshire villages for many years on a professional basis and have published many local history books about the district.
Over the years I have gathered a fairly encyclopaedic knowledge of the Howdenshire, Goole and Marshland areas, as well as the broader history of Yorkshire and the country at large. I am especially well-equipped to conduct specific local archive research to help those searching for Yorkshire ancestors.
A research associate with Howdenshire History, Amy Butler holds a first class Master's degree from Oxford University and has almost ten years' experience of historical research in the Yorkshire area. She is a qualified archivist and has previously worked at the Borthwick Institute for Archives in York as a professional researcher and tutor.
Amy is also skilled at reading old handwriting (known as 'palaeography'). She trained at the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York and has considerable experience in transcribing records from the 12th to the 21st century.