Sara Kirby

Born in 1941 in Appingedam (Groningen) in the Netherlands; in hiding in Friesland from 1942 and reunited with my mother at the end of the war. I was the only survivor of my father’s family.

Grew up in Heerenveen (Friesland). After secondary school (HBS) worked as au pair in London from 1960-1961 (gaining Cambridge Proficiency diploma), and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris from 1961-1962 (Diploma in French language and civilisation).
Married Tony (PhD chemist) in 1962 and moved permanently to Cambridge (England). Spent a year in the States during Tony’s post-doc year at Brandeis (1963-1964).
Read German and Dutch at Cambridge University (1979-1982). Awarded MPhil in 1991 by University College London for my thesis on German author Theodor Fontane, and Diploma in Translation (Dutch-English) by the Institute of Linguists (London) in 1992.
Worked as Assistant-Librarian and Concerts Secretary for the Cambridge Music Faculty (1982-1985), Conference Secretary at Queens’ College (1985-1990), and Senior Translator and Language Manager (Dutch Department) in a translation company, specialising in computer-related subjects (1990-2009).
Am now concentrating on researching my ancestors, mostly from Groningen and Friesland, and have been a member of the Akevoth help desk for a few years. Apart from genealogy, my interests are literature, films, theatre, music and ballet.
I have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.