• Capture

    Recording your family's stories

  • Reseach

    Adding colour to the facts

  • Share

    engaging all generations



Every family has a wealth of unique stories to be told.  Click on the link below to find out how I can assist you to capture your family's stories.

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What do you want to know about your family's history? Have you hit a brick wall? Don't know where to start? Click the link below to find out how I can help you.

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There's a myriad of methods to share our families' stories to engage all generations. Click below to find out how I can help you in creative ways.

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Hi I’m Alison Dennison

Family historian | Interviewer | Researcher | Writer | Editor | Champion of the importance of storytelling

With over 20 years research and writing experience and formal qualifications as a family historian, my goal is to help families celebrate the stories that make them unique.

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A margin note led to a fascinating story

About 20 years ago, my husband spoke with his father on the phone to find out some details of his ancestry. He filled an A4 page with names, dates, occupations and locations and I then used those details to get started on an ancestral tree for his side of the family. It was only when I was re-filing that piece of paper in 2020, that I noticed the note scrawled in the margin - '56 Lansdown Rd. Blown up by mines'. What could that mean? By using digitised newspaper archives, city directories, and Irish birth registration details, I was able to uncover the details of this dramatic event. Click the button below to find out more about this and other stories.

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Send an email to info@alisondennison.com and let me know how I can help you to capture, research, and/or share your family's unique stories.

Acknowledgement of Country

I was born in Western Australia to Scottish migrant parents and grew up on the lands of the Wadjuk and Ballardong people of the Noongar nation.  Now,  I live and work in Melbourne on the lands of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people of the Kulin nation.  I pay my respects to all their elders past and present.

I also acknowledge the important role elders everywhere play in maintaining the tradition of storytelling.

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