Presentation Topics


Most of my topics are designed for 45-60 minute presentations. A number are also suitable for a two hour workshop. Please contact me to discuss your requirements.

I have my own laptop, data projector and internet connection (assuming Telstra has coverage in your area).

Emigration to Australia
Friendly Societies and Family History
Honouring Our ANZACS
They Went to Australia and Now Can’t be Found
Researching Australian Military Personnel

Bringing Your Ancestors to Life
Death Certificates & Archaic Medical Terms
Document Analysis: Getting the Most from your Research Documents
Documents of Death
Gaining a Genealogical Education

Government Inquiries: A Treasure Trove for Genealogists
Help I am Stuck! Demolishing Brick Walls
How to Start Researching Your Family History
It’s Not All Online: Where Else Can I Look?

London Gazette (and others): A Cornucopia of Genealogical Items
Mapping Your Ancestors
Newspapers: Bringing Your Family History to Life
One Name Studies: What are they? How do you do them? How can they help me?
One Place Studies: What are They? What can you get from them to help in your Research?
Paying it Forward: Volunteer Opportunities from Home
The Ryerson Index
"Oversexed, Overpaid and Over Here"  Movement to and from Australia and the USA
Symbolism of Death
Understanding the Context: Why Social History is Important in Genealogical Research
Timelines as a Research Tool

When Was It Taken? Dating Historical Photographs
Wringing the Most out of your Document

How DNA can be used to Solve Genealogical Puzzles
DNA: What Use is It? Which test, Why and From Whom?
DNA: I have My Results. Now What Do I Do?

Archives in Queensland
Distressed Cotton Operatives Migration Scheme into Queensland 1863
Housing for All

(Owning your own home was just a dream for many people in the late 1800s early 1900s then in December 1909 an “Act to Enable the Government to Assist Persons in Receipt of Small Incomes to Provide Homes for Themselves”, commonly known as The Workers' Dwellings Act of 1909 was passed. Its goal was to provide houses for low-income Queenslanders, and between 1910 and 1940 it produced over 23,000 houses for those who needed them.  For the first time there was a possibility for “Housing for All”)
Online Queensland Resources
Tracing Your Ancestors in Queensland
William Busby: Stone Mason of Toowong

English research:
English Apprenticeship Records
English Parish Records: Hatch, Match and Dispatch
English Parish Records: More Than Just Hatch, Match and Dispatch 
In the English Workhouse

My Ancestor was from South-West England (Devon and Cornwall)
Nobblers, Cracksmen, Coiners and more: Researching Criminals in England
Researching in UK Archives from Abroad
Researching in Kent, England
Researching in Oxfordshire, England
The Poor are always with us: English Poor Laws
They are Dead but Where are They Buried?

Irish Research

Researching the Irish Online
Irish Research Using Social Media 

Online Genealogical Resources:
British Newspapers Online

In Australia we are privileged to have Trove as a fantastic resource but what if you want to research in the United Kingdom? In this presentation we will see the options for accessing United Kingdom newspapers online, both free options and also pay options such as the British Newspaper Archive.

MyHeritage for Online Trees
MyHeritage: Record Matching

Internet and Technology
Digitising and Organising Your Family History
Fishing for Cousins using Blogs as Bait
Google the Genealogist's Friend
Searching the Internet Effectively
There is an App for That
Using Free and Pay Resources on the Net
Using Timelines in Family History Research
Visualising Family History Data

Health History:
Black Death: When the Plague came to Queensland
Death Certificates & Archaic Medical Terms
Just What Did Cause Their Death?
Pandemic: The 1918 Influenza Epidemic in Queensland
Researching a Health History
TB: Killer of the ages or Great-Uncle Charlie had TB
ANZAC Health: From Gallipoli to the Western Front
ANZAC Military health World War 2: Asia Pacific Region