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: Colonial and Beyond
Friendly Societies and Family History
Honouring Our ANZACS
They Went to Australia and Now Can’t be Found
To Have but Not to Hold: Divorce in Australia
Researching Australian Military Personnel
Researching in Australia Using Online Resources

Bringing Your Ancestors to Life
Death Certificates & Archaic Medical Terms
Document Analysis: Getting the Most from your Research Documents (2 hours)
Documents of Death
Gaining a Genealogical Education
Government Inquiries: A Treasure Trove for Genealogists
Help I am Stuck! Demolishing Brick Walls
Hidden Treasures: Secrets from Documents
How to Start Researching Your Family History
Indexes: the Best and Worst of Tools
It’s Not All Online: Where Else Can I Look?
London Gazette: A Cornucopia of Genealogical Items
Making Genealogical Research Time
Mapping Your Ancestors
Never Just the Index!
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
My Ancestor was in Queensland
Online Queensland Resources
Tracing Your Ancestors in Queensland
William Busby: Stone Mason of Toowong

English research:
Battle of Bossenden Wood: Last Agricultural Uprising (Kent)
Directories, Gazetteers and More!
English Apprenticeship Records
English Parish Records: Hatch, Match and Dispatch
English Parish Records: More Than Just Hatch, Match and Dispatch 
My Genealogical Treasures in Quarter Session Records
In the English Workhouse
Lost in London!
Ancestor was from South-West England (Devon and Cornwall)
My Job is Killing Me!
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?
Where there is a Will there should be a Genealogist!

Irish Research
Researching the Irish Online
Irish Research Using Social Media 
Online Genealogical Resources:
British Newspapers Online
MyHeritage for Online Trees
MyHeritage: Record Matching
Online Newspapers

Internet and Technology
Ask Grandma! Getting the Family stories before it is too late
Books, Books, Glorious Books!
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
How Our Ancestors Died
Just What Did Cause Their Death?
Pandemic: The 1918 Influenza Epidemic in Queensland
Pandemic: The 1918 Influenza Epidemic in Australia
Researching a Health History
TB: Killer of the ages or Great-Uncle Charlie had TB
ANZAC Health: Gallipoli
ANZAC Health: From Gallipoli to the Western Front
ANZAC Military Health World War 2: Asia Pacific Region