About Me

Helen has been researching her family since 1986 when her Mother lamented the fact she had never known her Grandfather, George Howard Busby. Helen found some information and a newspaper photo of him, was hooked and has been addicted ever since with research in Australia, England Wales and Ireland.

She is researching the surname Quested anywhere, anytime and has registered the name with the Guild of One-Name Studies and with the Surname Society.

She is the author of Death Certificates and Archaic Medical Terms (2nd Edition 2015) (also available as an ebook) and has written for a number of publications including 'Inside History', 'Australian Family Tree Connections', Forgotten Times, family history journals as well as scientific publications. She is the author of a number of blogs which can be accessed via http://helenvsmithresearch.blogspot.com.au/ and you can follow her on Twitter @HVSresearch, G+ google.com/+HelenSmith   Facebook https://www.facebook.com/helen.smith.967806

Helen has spoken to a wide variety of audiences nationally (every state/territory in Australia) and internationally at Who Do You Think You Are? Live London, New Zealand Family History Fair, on seven Unlock the Past Cruises,  “Harvest Your Family Tree” Conference, Kelowna, BC, Canada and Rootstech.

Helen is President of Southern Suburbs Branch of the Genealogical Society of Queensland. She is the co-convenor of the Genealogical Society of Queensland's DNA SIG.

Currently Helen is a part-time professional with lecturing, writing, client research in Queensland, health histories and a part-time position in conference organising with Unlock the Past Genealogy and History cruises http://www.unlockthepastcruises.com/
Professionally in the day job, she is a Molecular Epidemiologist specialising in Public Health Microbiology and has a strong interest in infectious diseases and Public Health through the ages.

Graduate Diploma in Public Health
Bachelor Applied Science: Medical Laboratory Science
Associate Diploma in Clinical Laboratory Techniques
Diploma of Management
Diploma of Business 
and is currently studying for the National Institute of Genealogical Studies: 
English Certificate
Australian Certificate 
Professional Development Certificates

  • Genealogical Society of Queensland
  • Queensland Family History Society
  • Oxfordshire Family History Society
  • Kent Family History Society
  • Guild of One Name Studies (registered name Quested) and is the Queensland Regional Representative for the Guild
  • Association of Professional Genealogists
  • Genealogical Speakers Guild
  • International Society of Family History Writers and Editors