Research What do you want to know?

Adding colour to the facts

Is your family history a mystery to you? Or perhaps you have done some of your own research but have hit a brick wall? Maybe you'd like to get into researching your family stories, but don't know where to start?

There is a treasure trove of records available online now (plus many more that are only accessible in person) but it can be completely overwhelming to an inexperienced researcher. I have over 20 years experience in tracing family history (mostly in Australia and the UK, but I've also traced documents in many other locations too), so I can source the key records quickly and efficiently - saving you time and money.

My particular interest is in going beyond the basic facts of births, marriages and deaths and adding the colour to the family story.

Some of the ways I can assist you include:

  • searching historical records on your behalf - genealogical databases, public archives and libraries, newspapers, cemetery records, censuses, shipping passenger lists, military service records etc
  • researching the evidence that supports a family story (or myth!)
  • discussing with you how to get started in family story research
  • visiting Victorian archives, libraries or cemeteries  to retrieve records, scan or take photographs for you.

Every project is unique, so I offer a free no-obligation 30 minute discussion where we can chat about what you hope to achieve. After that, I prepare a scope of the project with a quote of the cost of research and an allowance for any certificates to be purchased (if applicable) before you give me the go-ahead by signing a service agreement and paying an upfront retainer. I only charge for actual time and costs, and keep you updated on progress.

Let's get started!

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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