I have been presenting seminars and workshops for  40 years and have a wide range of specialist areas within my portfolio. Most talks are approximately 45 minutes long with time for questions at the end of the session. Other topics, longer workshops and all day seminars may be arranged on consultation. Zoom talks can also be arranged. See more below.

What’s Coming Up in 2021?


11 Moreton Libraries, Bribie Island Library, 10.30am

  • What’s In A Middle Name?

17           Noosa Libraries, Noosaville Library – 10am

  • Where Do I Start: tracing family history for beginners

25-27     RootsTech 2021 – virtual

  • Digging Deeper into Australian government archives


10   Noosa Libraries, Noosaville Library – 10am

  • Using Ancestry’s DNA Tools 

22-26 Family History Down Under 2021 conference, Sunshine Coast. More information here.

  • Australasian wills and probate
  • Apps & tools for genealogy: how and why they are useful


21   Noosa Libraries, Noosaville Library – 10am

  • Scottish Genealogy Online Resources That You May Not Know But Should


18 Moreton Libraries, Burpengary Library, 1.30pm

  • Managing DNA Matches

19 Moreton Libraries, Redcliffe Library, 1.00pm

  • Managing DNA Matches


30-31 AFFHO Genealogy Congress, Norfolk Island. More information here.

  • Finding Love in Paradise: a tale of two convicts


1 NFHM day, FamilySearch Centre, Forest Glen, QLD

  • Surprising Finds in Government Gazettes: Put flesh on the family bones using Australian and UK examples

Requesting a talk/seminar/workshop

It is advisable to book a seminar or workshop giving as much advance notice as possible as my calendar fills up quickly each year. There is a speaker fee per talk and expenses such as petrol and overnight accommodation if required need to be met by the host organisation. Arrangements can be negotiated.


As always your presentations are clear and well presented. David B

Thank you very much for all the work that you do…… I have found many helpful avenues. Julie B

Presentations Portfolio

General Topics

Archives You May Not Know But Should – 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.

Blogging Your Family History – 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.

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

Diaries and Letters: Fleshing out the Family History – 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 – 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 – 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 and Maps.

It’s Not All Online: Where Else Can I Look – 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.

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

What Was the Voyage Really Like? – 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 and newspapers.

What’s in a Middle Name? – examines 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.

Australian Topics

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

Asylum Records: A Place to Look for Missing Ancestors – 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.

Behind Bars: Convicts and Criminals – 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.

Bring Your Ancestors to Life: using Court of Petty Session records – 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 – 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.

Making the Most of Archives: Tips for Using National and State Archives – explores 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 – 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 – explores how to trace your often elusive mining ancestors and their families and looks at a wide variety of resources.

Researching Australian ancestors – 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 – 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.

Sporting Ancestors: Most families have them, how to find yours – 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 – highlights the National Library of Australia’s resources including Trove, E-Resources  and the web archive Pandora.

Overseas Topics

English Genealogy Online Resources That You May Not Know but Should – highlights 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.

Irish Genealogy Online Resources That You May Not Know but Should – examines 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.

Scottish Genealogy Online Resources That You May Not Know but Should – 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.