Services & Events


Shauna Hicks has been presenting seminars and workshops for over thirty 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.

What’s Coming Up Jan – Dec 2015?


15 Jan Caloundra Family History Research monthly meeting, Caloundra, QLD – one presentation School Days: Education Records for Family History – details here


25  Feb Moreton Bay Region Libraries, Woodford, QLD – one presentation Warning Warning: Tips & Tricks to Avoid Common Family History Mistakes – details here

26   Feb Moreton Bay Region Libraries, North Lakes, QLD – one presentation Warning Warning: Tips & Tricks to Avoid Common Family History Mistakes – details here


2   Mar Moreton Bay Region Libraries, Albany Creek, QLD – one presentation Warning Warning: Tips & Tricks to Avoid Common Family History Mistakes – details here

7 Mar Queensland Family History Society education seminar Criminals and Victims, Brisbane QLD – one presentation Finding Ancestral Dirty Linen in Queensland Court of Petty Session Records – details here

12 Mar Moreton Bay Region Libraries, Bribie Island, QLD – one presentation Warning Warning: Tips & Tricks to Avoid Common Family History Mistakes – details here

27-30 Mar  AFFHO 14th International Congress on Genealogy & Heraldry, Canberra, ACT – two presentations – details here

  • Sporting Ancestors: Discovering Forgotten Athletes
  • Bring Your Ancestors to Life: Using Court of Petty Sessions Records


11 Apr  Maryborough Heritage Research Institute seminar, Maryborough, QLD – three presentations – details here

  • Asylum Records: A Place to Look for Missing ancestors.
  • Google tools for Genealogy: are you making the most of Google
  • It’s Not all Online: Where Else Can I Look


3 May Southern Suburbs branch of the Genealogical Society of Queensland immigration seminar – one presentation What Was The Voyage Really Like? – details here

16 May Genealogical Society of Queensland – one presentation Family Skeletons or Just Old and Sick: looking at asylum records – details here

19 May Society of Australian Genealogists webinar – one presentation Tracing Your Queensland Ancestors – details here

27 May Moreton Bay Region Libraries, Redcliffe, QLD – one presentation Warning Warning: Tips & Tricks to Avoid Common Family History Mistakes – details here  


11  Jun Moreton Bay Region Libraries, Deception Bay, QLD – one presentation Warning Warning: Tips & Tricks to Avoid Common Family History Mistakes – details here


11-25 Jul  Unlock The Past Baltic genealogy cruise – six presentations – details here

  • Caring for your family archives
  • Diaries and letters: fleshing out the family history
  • Family history on the cheap: tips and tricks
  • Skeletons in the family: looking at convicts, prisons and asylum records
  • Sporting ancestors: discovering forgotten athletes
  • Trove & other NLA treasures


1 Aug National Family History Month launch, Adelaide, SA – details here


11-13 Sep NSW & ACT Association of Family History Associations Conference Journey of Discovery, Port Macquarie NSW – one presentation PROV Master Class – details here


3-4  Oct History Queensland State Conference In Time and Place, Brisbane, QLD – keynote address Intertwined: Time, Place & Family – details here


1-16 Nov  Unlock The Past Trans-Atlantic genealogy cruise – details here


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 needs to be met by the host organisation.

Lecture Portfolio

Ancestors in Church: Using Church Publications – This talk explores an underutilised 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 Joint Copying Project (AJCP): Still Relevant in an Online World – The AJCP is a huge microform resource for material held in the UK National Archives and the county record offices that relates to colonial Australia and especially the convict years. While some of this material has now been indexed and digitised, it is still extremely useful to be aware of what is not online and how it might hold information on your ancestors.

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.

Brief Introduction to Family History Research – This talk looks at how to start by looking at family sources, archives and libraries, what’s online, useful books to read, the benefits of joining genealogy and family history societies and recording and organising your research.

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

Caring For Your Family Archives – This talk addresses three areas – organising your family records and memorabilia, storing and preserving your family archives and finally, sharing the results of your research with others and the long term future of your research and 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.

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.

Finding Ancestral Dirty Linen in Court Records – Court records, especially local courts of petty sessions, can be an incredible resource for finding little known information on our ancestors., certainly information they may have been keen for their descendants not to know about. While Trove is helping us to more easily discover court references to our ancestors, the actual court records provide even more detail for those brave enough to look.

Finding Pictorial Sources Online – This talk looks at the range of online resources for locating illustrations, photographs and other pictorial sources for family and local history research.

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.

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 focussing 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.

Missing an Ancestor: Try Looking Behind Bars! (prison records) –  This talk looks at resources available for researching prisons and prisoners in Australia (does not include convicts).

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.

Online Trends in Family History – This talks looks at various Web 2.0 technology and how it can be used for family history research. In particular, Twitter, Facebook, blogs, nings, RSS and wikis will be discussed.

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.

Skeletons in the Family: Looking at Convicts, Prisons and Asylum Records - this talk looks at records useful for finding ‘skeletons’ in the family by briefly reviewing available resources.

Sporting Ancestors: Discovering Forgotten Athletes – this talk examines how to discover if your ancestors played sports and the type of information you can find out about them and their communities

To Blog or Not to Blog, That is the Question! - this talk looks at blogging, why do it and how to go about creating your own blog.

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.

Warning Warning: Tips and Tricks to Avoid Common Family History Mistakes – This talk draws on the speaker’s own experiences and provides some tips on avoiding common mistakes when starting out. It also provides some tips and tricks to save time and money when researching.

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.

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