James Wrench (Director : Chair)

James became a full time professional genealogist in 1996 and has been actively involved in probate genealogy since 1998.

James is one of HHA's earliest members, joining in September 2009. He became a Director of FPAR at its inception. He was appointed Chair in August 2015.



Steve Morgan (Director)

Steve comes from a background of Geophysics and aviation working for  exploration companies in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and South Africa.  He has many years experience researching genealogy for various private clients and tracing beneficiaries.


For over 30 years Steve has always had interest in genealogy research where he traced his own family tree over two centuries.


Steve has been married for 28 years and has two adult daughters.


Elaine Griffin-Singh (Director)

The past and social history has always been a part of Elaine’s life with a career in the antiques trade for over 25 years. As other business and civic interests took over, a more flexible and desk-based career became necessary and Elaine moved more seriously into genealogy research. With the advice, and in association with a friend in the legal profession, she formed her own Probate and Genealogy business, Rightful Heir Probate Research, latterly rebranded as Timeline Genealogical Services.

The business initially focused on handling HM Treasury Solicitor’s Office, Bona Vacantia cases but is now also gradually moving into undertaking private family history commissions and working for the legal profession. She joined the Heir Hunters Association in 2010 and quickly became one of the first Pro Members and was on the founding board of FPAR.


Elaine is an elected Councillor for East Cambs District Council and recently held office as The Mayor of Ely in 2013/14.  Whilst busy with civic and charitable duties, Elaine is committed to using her previous and current business experience and management skills to assist FPAR in bringing professional practice to the Probate industry.

Tracey Sedgwick (Director)

Tracey Sedgwick - Durham: Professional Member


Born in Bishop Auckland in 1970, Tracey first started in Probate Research in late 2008, turning her long-time hobby of Genealogy into a viable business (TSprobate Research); soon progressing it to a full-time venture. Becoming a professional member of the Heir Hunter's Association, as well as a research panel member for soon followed.


Having a Cert-Ed & advanced qualifications in teaching, she happily stepped into the role of Administration Masterclass Co-Tutor; assisting Maurice in this important role. Her background in Education means her focus is firmly set on professionalism, along with excellent subject/service knowledge, leading to 'Best Practice Standards' for all members.


Tracey is also service provider of the highly successful web service

Anne Eckersley (Director)


For Anne, an accountant, family history, photography and writing were hobbies to be fitted in around normal life until a company takeover in 2009 allowed her the chance to take voluntary redundancy. Since then she has enjoyed taking all three areas more seriously. An Open Degree in Creative Writing with the Open University followed in 2011, as well as Licentiateship to the Royal Photographic Society.


Her interest in genealogy goes back nearly thirty years and nowadays, a member of the Heir Hunters Association and FPAR Anne is happy to help others with family histories as well as undertaking probate research.


Anne brings to FPAR a wealth of practical experience including asset research assignments with the finance industry.


Anne was appointed to the board of directors in November 2014.