My name is Kevin Brown and I run my own genealogy research, locate, consultancy and events business, “Relative Strangers“. I have to confess that I did not appreciate history at school due to the very poor teaching methods used and the ‘Whiggish’ style of deferential approaches employed. Nevertheless I have always enjoyed listening to people’s stories and it was this social fetish that eventually led to my interest, nay passion for history.
In my twenties I gained my ‘O’ and ‘A’ levels in history at the Wigston College of Further education under the excellent tutor, Bob Holt. The addition of an ‘A’ level in Government and Politics under Bob created in me a hunger for Social History, particularly concerned with telling the stories of the poor.
Eventually, after several years of activity in the community and faith sectors gaining experience in helping to fight for the rights of the ordinary folk in society I returned to study and gained my MA in Historical Studies at the finest of historical academic establishments, Leicester University, specialising in the history of dissenting nonconformity in early modern England.
After living and working in Leicester, Manchester, Hackney and Barnsley I researched my own family history and the hunger returned and I launched Relative Strangers in June 2012.
I also have the great privilege of teaching the subject to students in the Workers’ Educational Association in the East Midlands and Yorkshire and Humberside regions.
In hold degrees from Open, Leicester, Manchester and Huddersfield Universities. I am an Associate Member of the Heir Hunters’ Association and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. I am a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and a qualified Social Enterprise consultant. I am a member of the Leicestershire and Rutland Family History Society and chair of the Barnsley War Memorials Project.
I also teach and research in areas such as religious studies, Church history, community development and volunteering, Social Ethics and politics.