Constance Mary Matthews was born and educated in New Zealand where her father was the Dean of Christchurch Cathedral. Later, in England, she became interested in local history, and became adept at seeking out and reading early personal records of her neighbourhood. The oldest of these - manorial rolls from the thirteenth century - nurtured an interest in the history of surnames. Constance Mary Matthews has for many years been an active member of the Society of Genealogists, and is well informed of recent developments in this field. She has also written Your Family History: And How to Discover It, also published by The Lutterworth Press.