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Whether you are a lawyer looking for genealogical help for a client, a beneficiary to an estate wondering what is going on, or someone wanting assistance with a family tree or a particular research problem, this website is designed to introduce you to what I can do.

If all else fails, give me a call, or send an email.  You can use one of the contact forms and can send a file of your own, so no need to spend time writing in a small message box on the site, if you don’t need to.  I use a number of contact forms so I can ask you to complete a relevant question specific to the part of the site that you are viewing, use the form for the pages that most interest you.

I write from time to time on genealogical issues, on these pages, and you can search for subjects that interest you here.  You can also subscribe to my newsletter which is a summary of case studies, issues and solutions genealogical published every two months and for news of new or revised services; you will be asked to confirm you subscription by responding to a newsletter email.  You can unsubscribe at any time.   I do not pass on the emails of any subscriber to any third party.

My Contact details are at the head of each page, and a complete list can be downloaded from the About page where you can find a brief bio of me.

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This is my new website and genealogy blog.  Have an explore and get back to me soon.  There will be more Case Studies and some security additions to this website in the next week.  Be sure to get back to me if you find something missing!, or want further explanations.

GG Portal Registration Update

Grange Genealogy has today added a registration form for its clients www.grangegenealogy.co.uk/portal/register, to enable them to register to use the GG Portal secure access facility on the website. The registration process will be subject to access granted when the registration form is completed online, and approval may take up to 24 hours, usually a lot sooner! Uses will receive an email notification that access has been granted.

The secure access GG Portal is for existing clients, to upload and download files securely. Anyone wishing to register will require a reference code from Grange Genealogy in order to complete the form (this is found on correspondence or email from Mark Irving, our director).

Details of the GG Portal facility can be downloaded from the Downloads page of the website.

Secure Client Area for transfer of information

I have introduced a Private and Secure Client Area (called GG Portal) from which you can securely send me information and where you can view and download documents or correspondence for you.

A Portal is a gateway to other (secure) areas, is an appropriate name for this part of my website.

This portal provides access to parts of this website that are secure and where sensitive personal information can be passed between myself and my clients.  Clients can now upload initial estate information and family information as they have, with any scanned documents, for me to evaluate or use in tracing and research.  I will make downloadable any correspondence and documents supporting these, my research updates, my final report and family tree, and any evidence needed quickly.

There is also a private messaging area, where clients can send me a message – I get an alert and then can access any message.  Using this facility does not send any text via email, only the alerts are sent, and can be used by clients to contact me and by me to send a secure message to clients.

When I contact new clients, I will provide access for them, which they can use:  correspondence will still be sent via post and email (if not to be secure), as will copy documents and certificates.  Clients will need to use a login name and password, which I will set for them, which will be notified through post or telephone.

The portal area will shortly be secured with a SSL site certificate, providing in-transit encryption of any files uploaded or downloaded, signified by the (standard) ‘https’ in the browser address bar.

This facility will enable fast, secure and reliable transfer of sensitive personal information and research data, and I would encourage all clients to use it.

Access to GG Portal can be found on the About page, and on the main menu under ‘About’.  There are also a number of links to the login page throughout the website.

One short word about the difference between the contact forms and GG Portal:  any file uploaded to be sent to me, will be sent via email as will any message.  GG Portal uploads are not sent via email nor are any private messages, these remain on the website until read and downloaded.  If you want to use GG Portal, you can use the Contact forms to let me know and I will provide you with login details!