About Us

Who Is Shauna Hicks?

Shauna worked in government for over 35 years primarily in libraries and archives including the State Library of Queensland, the John Oxley Library in Brisbane, the Queensland State Archives, the National Archives of Australia in Canberra and Public Record Office Victoria in Melbourne. She is currently Director of her own part time research and consultancy business.


Bachelor of Arts in History and Anthropology – University of Queensland
Master of Arts in Australian Studies – Griffith University (QLD)
Graduate Diploma in Library Science – Queensland University of Technology
Diploma in Family Historical Studies – Society of Australian Genealogists

Professional Interests

Australian Society of Archivists – retired professional member. In 2007 Shauna was awarded a Distinguished Achievement Award for career achievements and services to the archival profession.

Professional Historians Association (Qld) – Professional member

Association of Professional Genealogists – Professional member

Family History Interests

Shauna has been tracing her own family history since 1977 and is a Fellow of the Queensland Family History Society. In 2009 Shauna received the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations (AFFHO) Services to Family History Award for her achievements in Queensland, Canberra and Victoria.

Genealogical Society of Victoria – member

Genealogical Society of Queensland – member

Genealogy SA – member

Queensland Family History Society – life member and Fellow

My Publications

Where Do I Start?: a guide to researching your family in Australia and New Zealand, 2nd edition, Unlock the Past, St Agnes SA, 2018

It’s Not All Online: A Guide to Genealogy Sources Offline, 2nd ed., Unlock The Past,  St Agnes SA, 2018

Family History on the Cheap, 2nd ed., Unlock The Past, St Agnes SA, 2016

Trove: Discover Genealogy Treasure in the National Library of Australia, 2nd ed., Unlock the Past, St Agnes SA 2016

What Was The Voyage Like?:  A Brief Guide to Researching Convict and Immigrant Voyages to Australia and New Zealand , 2nd ed.,Unlock The Past, St Agnes SA, 2015

Discover Your Sporting Ancestors: It was not all work and no play!, Unlock the Past, St Agnes SA, 2015

Tracing Mining Ancestors: A Brief Guide to Resources in Australia and New Zealand, Unlock the Past, St Agnes SA, 2014

My Ancestor was in an Asylum: Brief Guide to Asylum Records in Australia and New Zealand, Unlock the Past, St Agnes SA, 2014

Finding Ancestors in Church Records: A Brief Guide to Resources, Unlock the Past, St Agnes SA 2012

Your Family History Archives: A Brief Introduction, Unlock The Past, Modbury North SA, 2010

Family & Local History Resource Directory for Victoria, Unlock The Past, Modbury North SA, 2010

All publications can be ordered online at Gould Genealogy & History