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Uncovering our heritage

Thinker. Researcher.

About Me

Kia ora, ko Leighton tōku ingoa. Hello, my name is Leighton. I am a genealogist and offer family history and whakapapa research services. Further to my services, I am an author and historian. I approach my research with an academic lens with an emphasis on accuracy. The ultimate goal of my projects are to increase access to hard-to-find information enabling people to reconnect with their heritage.

I deal primarily with records from Aotearoa New Zealand and England from the fifteenth through nineteenth centuries. Other areas that I have experience researching include Ireland, Scotland, the Netherlands, Germany, and the United States of America.

NZSG Member: 29252
KFHS Member: 15922
NWKFHS Member: 8543


Research Interests

Military History

Imperial British military history, the New Zealand Wars, and the ANZACs of World War I and World War II.

Court Records

Legal history, process and documentation. Criminal history and imprisonment. Australian convict settlements.


Parliamentary history of England and New Zealand. Political movements and parties. Colonialisation and Imperial England. History of religion.


Heraldic lineage, coats of arms, and noble families. English, German and French royal families and lines of succession.

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