Services & Events


Shauna Hicks has been presenting seminars and workshops for over 35 years. She has a range of specialist areas and an existing portfolio of talks. Most talks are approximately 45 minutes long with time for questions at the end of the session. Other topics may be arranged after consultation.

What’s Coming Up in 2020?



9  Bribie Island Family History Group, RSL Bribie

  • Managing DNA Matches


12   Moreton Region Libraries, Strathpine

  • Managing DNA Matches

15   Moreton Region Libraries, Caboolture

  • Managing DNA Matches

21    Caloundra Family History Research

  • English Genealogy Websites You Should Know


10  Moreton Region Libraries, Deception Bay

  • What’s In A Middle Name

27  Caloundra Family History Research, Convict Seminar

  • Discover Your Family Behind Bars: Were They Convicts, Criminals, Victims or Witnesses?


19  Genealogical Society of Queensland, DNA Group, Brisbane

  • Lessons Learned While Looking For My Biological Grandfather

Online copies of some presentations given can be found on the Resources page of this website.

Requesting a talk/seminar/workshop

It is advisable to book a talk giving as much advance notice as possible as Shauna’s calendar fills up quickly each year. Expenses such as petrol and overnight accommodation if required also need to be met by the host organisation.

Lecture Portfolio

Ancestors in Church: Using Church Publications – This talk explores a little known resource that can provide information on our ancestors not likely to be found elsewhere.

Archives You May Not Know But Should – This talk highlights a variety of archives that researchers may not be aware of for genealogy research. It seeks to make researchers more aware of archival resources that may or may not be online.

Asylum Records: A Place to Look for Missing Ancestors – This talk looks at the availability of asylum records in Australia and outlines the type of information that can be found and how useful these records are in finding ancestors who simply disappeared.

Australian Public Curators: Guardians of Family History Treasure – this presentation looks at records created by the Public Curator/Public Trustee and how they can be used for family history research.

Behind Bars: Convicts and Criminals – This talk explores a wide range of resources for those with convicts or criminals in the family and draws on the speaker’s experience in researching her own family history. All Australian states are covered.

Blogging Your Family History – this presentation looks at sharing your family stories online by blogging. Examples of family history blogs and why they are successful in helping to find distant cousins will be discussed as well as how to set up your own blog.

Bring Your Ancestors to Life: using Court of Petty Session records – this talk shows the family details that can be found in minute and deposition books as well as other court records.

Convict Ancestors: Fascinating and Frustrating to Research – This talk looks at resources available for researching convicts in both Australia and the UK. It draws on the speaker’s own experiences in researching her own convict ancestors.

Demolishing Brick Walls: Tips & Tricks – Everyone comes up against a brick wall at some point in their research and this paper outlines some search strategies that might assist in getting past that brick wall.

Diaries and Letters: Fleshing out the Family History – This talk reveals the availability of letters and diaries and how they can add context to your own family history even if they are not written by direct ancestors.

English Genealogy Online Resources That You May Not Know but Should – This talk explores a variety of genealogical resources for England that are online. Paid and free sites are discussed and indexes, databases, digitised resources including maps and publications are examined.

Family History on the Cheap: Tips and Tricks – This talk highlights a wide variety of tips and tricks that researchers can use to save themselves time and money when researching their family history.

Google Tools for Genealogy: Are You Making the Most of Google – This talk looks briefly at basic search strategies and how researchers can maximise their search results. It also addresses more advanced tools such as Alerts, Blogs, Books, Library, Images, Videos, Maps and Picasa.

Irish Genealogy Online Resources That You May Not Know but Should – This talk explores a variety of genealogical resources for both Ireland and Northern Ireland that are online. Paid and free sites are discussed and indexes, databases, digitised resources including Irish certificates, maps and publications are examined.

It’s Not All Online: Where Else Can I Look – This talk is a reminder that not everything is online and that researchers still need to use archives, libraries, historical societies and museums, genealogy and family history societies and so on.

Making the Most of Archives: Tips for Using National and State Archives – This talk looks at family history resources available in Australian state and federal archives focusing in particular on indexes, databases and digitised records available online.

Military Ancestors: Discover Their Stories – This talk looks at tracing military ancestors in Australia from the Boer War plus WW1 and WW2 and draws on the speaker’s own research for her military ancestors. Online resources are highlighted.

Mining Ancestors: Knowing Where to Look – this talk explores how to trace your often elusive mining ancestors and their families and looks at a wide variety of resources.

Online Newspapers: New Pathways to Discovering Ancestors – This talk looks at digitised Australasian and overseas newspapers online and how to find information on your ancestors beyond the usual BDM and funeral notices.

Online Sources for Queensland Family History – This talks looks at what is available online including state and local government archives, libraries, historical societies, cemeteries and specialist websites.

Researching Australian ancestors – This presentation outlines the major resources for tracing ancestors in Australia including archives, libraries, genealogy and family history societies, military and cemetery resources and more.

School Days: Education Records for Family History – This talk looks at how education records can add context to family history research and sources such as admission registers, correspondence files, newspapers, school histories and so on will be looked at.

Scottish Genealogy Online Resources That You May Not Know but Should – This talk explores a variety of genealogical resources for Scotland that are online. Paid and free sites are discussed and indexes, databases, digitised resources including maps and publications are examined.

Sporting Ancestors: Most families have them, how to find yours – this talk examines how to discover if your ancestors played sports (cricket, football, tennis, croquet, fishing, shooting and every other type of sport) and looks at the type of information you can find out about them and their communities

Trove & Other NLA Treasures – this talk highlights the National Library of Australia’s resources including Trove, E-Resources, Picture Australia, and the web archive Pandora.

Victorian Resources for Family History Research – This talk looks at resources available for anyone with Victorian ancestors. Topics covered include archives, libraries, historical societies, cemeteries, newspapers, mining records and some lesser known resources.

What Was the Voyage Really Like? – This talk illustrates how researchers can find out details of an ancestor’s voyage using resources such as passenger lists, on board reports, medical officer’s reports, ship’s diaries, logs, newspapers etc.

What’s in a Middle Name? – this presentation looks at the importance of middle names and how they can be used to solve brick walls. Two case studies highlight a range of resources used to trace the usage of middle names.

Where Do I Start: tracing family history for beginners –  as the title indicates, this is aimed at beginners who may not be familiar with resources or how to go about recording their research. It may also be useful as a refresher for those who have been doing their family history for some time.


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