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Peter Christian - Biography

Peter Christian was born and grew up in London. After a career in academia - first as a linguist, then as an IT specialist - he now devotes his time to writing and lecturing on the use of the internet in family history.

He has been researching his own genealogy for over 30 years and first put his family tree on the web in 1995. From 1996 to 2001 he was editor of the Society of Genealogists' computer journal Computers in Genealogy, and was also responsible for setting up the Society's first web site.

For many years a regular internet columnist for Ancestors Magazine, he is the author of a number of genealogy books, including the best-selling The Genealogist's Internet and Census: The Expert Guide.

He is a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists and one of the Trustees of Genuki.

  • The Genealogist's Internet (Public Record Office, 2001; 4th edn National Archives 2009)
  • Census: The Expert Guide (National Archives, September 2008), with David Annal
  • Finding Genealogy on the Internet 2nd ed. (David Hawgood, 2002).
  • Web Publishing for Genealogy, 2nd ed. (UK: David Hawgood, 1999; US: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2000)
  • Consultant for Readers' Digest How to Trace Your Family History on the Internet (Reader's Digest, June 2008)
  • Internet Consultant for Readers' Digest The Story of Where You Live (Reader's Digest, 2005)
  • Computer & Internet Consultant for Readers' Digest Explore Your Family's Past (Reader's Digest, 2000)