I am Sue Steel, a genealogist and family historian based in Bradford, Yorkshire.
I have always been interested in family stories, especially when I could persuade my parents to tell me about their childhood. I started seriously researching family history in 2006, when I suddenly realised that all the people in these stories were no longer around.
I am especially interested in the lives of my ancestors rather than just the dates of births, marriages and deaths. With help from distant relatives, I can now go back to the late seventeen century on both my maternal and paternal side. I have found murderers, suicides, court cases, military personal, possible mill owners, and emigrants, as well as hard working and law abiding textile mill workers.
I am an Associate Member of AGRA (Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives), and in 2013 passed the Higher Certificate in Genealogy from the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS). I am a member of the Society for One Place Studies and have registered a study, namely Bridge Street, Shipley, West Yorkshire. I am also committee member of the Bradford Family History Society and a participating member of the Yorkshire Group of Family History Societies. I live in Yorkshire within fairly easy reach of Bradford Local Studies Library, all West Yorkshire Archives, North Yorkshire Archives at North Allerton and the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York.