House History, Genealogy and Local History Research in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Hello! My name is Elizabeth Walne, and I’m a Qualified Genealogist (QG) based in Norfolk, England. As a Suffolk girl in the wrong county, this website brings together my One-Place Study (Cransford and Badingham in Suffolk), Surname Study (Walne, predominantly in Norfolk and Lancashire), and various other content that I’ve written or recorded over the last decade or so. 

I’m doing my best to write a new book and, therefore, only taking on a few professional commissions at the moment, but you can find out more about everything I’m up to on this site.

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I am a Qualified Genealogist and graduated with an MSc (distinction) in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde back in 2014 while still working full-time in heritage and archives.

I worked for Norfolk libraries and record office for a decade, supporting researchers, running courses and giving talks, but since 2018 I have been an independent researcher, speaker and workshop leader. I now do my best to write, research and share what I’m up to while juggling a different full-time job and a young family.

Books and Published Research


Badingham & Cransford

Posts about my One-Place Study (or Studies!) in Suffolk, England.

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Walne Surname

Posts about my Surname Study (also known as a One-Name Study) across the globe.


Other Publications

Information about other books, magazines, recordings, and my earliest blog posts.

Talks and Videos

How do you go about researching business histories? Watch my RootsTech presentation now!

One-Place Studies

Join me and some wonderful colleagues as we discuss One-Place Studies. (Really Useful Podcast: Series 1, Episode 5).

Did you know that Norfolk has its own American Library? Learn more in my 3 minute video for RootsTech!

About the Register of Qualified Genealogists

I am a Qualified Genealogist (QG). Learn more about the Register of Qualified Genealogists (RQG) in the video, or jump straight to the website to find a member near you (or your ancestors!)

The website directory details members’ specialities if you are looking for a particular skill, e.g. Latin or Adoption Records.

In 2021, RQG gained its 200th member – in 2016, I was just number 15. All of us meet strict criteria for admission with postgraduate qualifications from recognised institutions, and we are all required to participate in continuous personal development (CPD) to offer the best possible mix of experience, knowledge and expertise.