Kathy Chater has taught genealogy and associated research subjects for nearly ten years. Her areas of special expertise include research skills, and the basis of her book is that these are central to the successful tracing of ancestors. She learnt her own research skills at the BBC, working on production teams. Her writing includes a website on tracing Caribbean ancestry, articles for several magazines, and books on media communication and television research. Kathy is a member of the Society of Genealogists and has traced her own family back to the 1600s.