Kate Wvendth

Kate Wvendth


I am a qualified genealogist with over twenty years of family history research experience. In 2019, I graduated with a Masters degree in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies at the University of Strathclyde. Extending my research into the social and cultural history of the family, I embarked on a History PhD through the University of Leeds in 2021.

Alongside my research, I am able to use my palaeographic skills to contribute to other research projects within the School of History at the University of Leeds. I am also involved in the Inheriting the Family project exploring the role of emotion that is associated with inherited family objects and stories. 

I am a member of the Register of Qualified Genealogists, Society of Genealogists, Royal Historical Society, Institute of Historical Research, Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, Family History Federation and Lincolnshire Family History Society.


Wvendth K, ‘Connecting with Ancestors: ‘’The Sweet Smell of Success’’ ‘, in Inheriting the Family: Objects, Identities and Emotions, ed. by Barclay K, Barnwell A, Begiato J, Evans T and King L (Bloomsbury, forthcoming)


Research interests

My main research interest is the social and cultural history of the family, specifically examining how events, circumstances and life choices influence the lives of successive generations. My PhD thesis examines the lineage of a rural market town bookseller in England, tracing influence and family development throughout the lives of descendants over seven generations between 1750-1950. 

Separate from my PhD research, I am involved in the research of original owners of objects and their families.


  • MSc (Dist) Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies