Mr Douglas Browning

Mr Douglas Browning – MAAGRA

Special Interests: England and Wales. Consultations in research methods and sources.
Location: Victoria
Lecturer and researcher; transcription of documents in English of any age; Lancashire; London.

email: [email protected]

telephone bh & ah: 03 8637 4730

PO Box 1007, RINGWOOD, VIC 3134, Australia

Office Bearer: Treasurer

Ms Frances Ann Cairns

Ms Frances Ann Cairns – Grad Cert Family & Community History CSU; MAAGRA

Special Interests: Genealogy; Family History Charts; Family written histories.

State/Location specialty: New South Wales

I started my personal family history research in 1985. In 2009 I obtained a Graduate Certificate in Family and Community History from Charles Sturt University and registered my Genealogy business, Family Fascination, in July 2010. I use Family Tree Maker software to record family history data from which I can compile family history trees.  I am on the council of the Military History Society of NSW.   I receive regular newsletters from the New Zealand Society of Genealogists Irish Interest Group. I am a registered reader at the National Library of Australia and am a Justice of the Peace in the State of New South Wales.


  • Society of Australian Genealogists
  • New Zealand Society of Genealogists
  • Irish Interest Group
  • Military History Society
  • Shire Military History Club
  • The Womens Pioneer Society of Australasia Inc
  • State Library of New South Wales
  • The Royal Australian History Society
  • Botany Bay Family History Society

Readers’ Tickets:

  • National Library of Australia
  • NSW State Archives

email: [email protected]


telephone bh: 02 4260 8364 mobile: 0408 415 748

11 North Terrace, Dapto  NSW  2530, Australia

Record Agent and Genealogist

Ms Rachel M. Croucher

Ms Rachel M. Croucher – BA (Melb), MA (Monash), DipFHS, MAAGRA

Rachel M. Croucher is a genealogist and record agent with 15 years of experience in the practice of history. As a genealogist, she specialises in managing research projects to compile family histories and genealogies for clients. In contrast, as a record agent, she has extensive experience researching specific records and the holdings of specific archives. Her current roles include Vice President of the Australasian Association of Genealogists and Record Agents, Secretary of the Victorian Association of Family History Organisations, and Content Editor at Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly.

Rachel provides services through Origins Research Network and is happy to work with all clients, no matter how big or small.

Research Interests

  • Central and Eastern Europe during World War II,
  • The Holocaust in Central and Eastern Europe,
  • Post-World War II German and Baltic (Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian) migration patterns to Australia,
  • The Punjabi and Indian Hawker Diaspora in Australia (Rachel’s great-grandfather was a Sikh Hawker from Punjab), and
  • The regions of Gippsland and East Gippsland in Victoria.


  • Traditional genealogy (family trees, ancestry tracing, and descendant research),
  • Historical records searches,
  • Deciphering handwriting on old records.
  • Translating German records into English,
  • Family history manuscript preparation,
  • Editing and proofreading (academic and legal)
  • Public talks on genealogical topics, and
  • Customised tutorials for family history researchers of all skill levels (online only).


  • Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre (Melbourne),
  • Public Record Office Victoria,
  • The University of Melbourne Archives,
  • National Archives of Australia, and
  • Gippsland and Regional Studies Collection (GRSC).

Professional Memberships

  • Australasian Association of Genealogists and Record Agents
  • Association of Professional Genealogists,
  • Australian Sikh Heritage Association,
  • East Gippsland Family History Group,
  • East Gippsland Historical Society,
  • Genealogical Society of Victoria,
  • Society of Australian Genealogists, and
  • Victorian Association of Family History Organisations

Email: [email protected]

Ms Caroline Haigh

Caroline Haigh – DipTeach, BEd (Canberra CAE), BA (UTAS), MA (UNSW), DipFamHist (UTAS), PHA and MAAGRA.

Special interests: Genealogical research and family histories including DNA analysis, Tasmanian social history, Tasmanian convict research & interpreting military records.

State/Location speciality: Tasmania

Biography: Tasmanian historian and genealogist with extensive experience of Tasmanian archival records, particularly convict history. Past and current member of numerous Tasmanian history committees. Also specialising in DNA analysis across the four major DNA-testing companies.

email: [email protected]

Address: PO Box 358, South Hobart TAS 7004

Record Agent and Genealogist

Mr Alistair Kennedy

Mr Alistair Kennedy – B. Business (Acctg); MAAGRA
Special Interests: Family and sporting history publishing.
State/Location specialty: New South Wales
Born in Scotland, my family (parents and one older brother) emigrated to Australia in 1961. I am married with three adult children and two grandchildren. Since 1994 I have been a director and business manager of family business, Marque Publishing Company, publishing motoring books and producing Australia’s largest syndicated weekly motoring news column. I have almost 25 years experience in family history research initially with my own and my wife’s families, and since 1997 as a professional researcher. I have written one family history (my wife’s Quinn family) and two cricket club histories.

email: [email protected]

telephone bh & ah: (02) 4329 4637  mobile: 0412 060 250

15 Belina Avenue,, WYOMING, NSW 2250, Australia

Record Agent and Genealogist

Mrs Jean Main

Mrs Jean Main – Dip FHS, MAAGRA
Special Interests: Family history research in Australia and Australian military records.

Location: Australian Capital Territory



Jean Main holds a Diploma in Family Historical Studies and has been a professional genealogist and research agent for some years.  In addition to her membership of AAGRA she is a member of the Heraldry and Genealogical Society of Canberra and a former member of the Society and Genealogists and the Military Historical Society of Australia.

The Military Historical Society of Australia has presented her with a Certificate of Appreciation for her talk on how to best research military ancestors and the Heraldry and Genealogical Society of Canberra awarded her a Commendation for the Best Article for 2004 published in The Ancestral Searcher. She has also published a number of books and book reviews.

Jean is able to undertake genealogical research in all States of Australia and is accredited to the Australian War Memorial, the National Library of Australia, the National Archives of Australia and the Noel Butlin Archives Centre at the A.N.U.

For some enquirers it may be helpful to know that Jean is able to speak and write in German.

email: [email protected]

telephone: bh & ah: 02 6278 6008 mobile: 0481 795 531

Postal address: Unit 52, 55 Burkitt Street, PAGE, ACT 2614, Australia

Genealogist and record agent

Ms Sue McBeth

Ms Sue McBeth – BSc, MAAGRA
Special Interests: Locating heirs and missing relations in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Africa.
State/Location specialty: Victoria
Forensic and Probate Genealogist working for Trustees, solicitors, attorneys and probate firms world wide. Full-time family historian, locating heirs & missing people throughout the world through a network of agents. Heads a company, Macbeth Genealogical Services with 10 staff. Research of Australian, New Zealand, English, Welsh and Scottish records undertaken in our Hampton office.

email: [email protected]

telephone bh : 03 9598 0435

PO Box 136

(526 Hampton Street),

HAMPTON, VIC 3188, Australia

Ms Elizabeth Parkes

Ms Elizabeth Parkes – GRINZ Dip FH(Prof); MAAGRA
Special Interests: Family history, missing relatives, heirs traced.
State/Location specialty: New Zealand
Elizabeth solves genealogical problems and identifies and locates previously unidentified and missing people throughout NZ. She holds the GRINZ Diploma in Family History (Professional) and is NZ’s only fulltime, qualified professional genealogist. In 1991 she founded NZ Genealogy Ltd, an award winning business. She is a former officer in the NZ Justice Department in its High, District, Domestic and Children’s Courts, Land & Deeds Registry, Births Deaths and Marriages Registry and Electoral and Bankruptcy Offices. She gives talks/lectures at conferences, government departments, genealogical and historical societies, and other clubs, and has published articles and appeared on television and radio programmes.

Awards: NZ Genealogy Ltd, an award winning business

email: [email protected]

telephone bh & ah: 643 548 9243

211 Vanguard Street, NELSON, New Zealand

Record Agent and Genealogist

Mr Andrew G. Peake

Mr Andrew G. Peake – BA, GDip; Applied Hist, MLitt, Dip FHS, MAAGRA
Special Interests: Family histories.
State/Location specialty: South Australia
Andrew Peake is a former President of the South Australian Genealogy & Heraldry Society and the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations. He holds a Diploma in Family Historical Studies (SAG, 1986), Graduate Diploma in Local and Applied History (UNE, 1995) and a Master of Letters (Australian History) (UNE, 1998). The author of a number of family and local history publications, including ‘Sources for South Australian History’, the premier publication for research into family and local history in South Australia.


In the 2020 Australia Day Honors Andrew Peake received the OAM for community history

AFFHO Award: Meritorious Service to Family History.

1978 Fellow, South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society
2012 Life Member, South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society
2019 (South Australian) Premier’s Certificate Recognition of Volunteer Service

email: [email protected] or [email protected]


telephone ah: 08 8332 8884

14 Tudor St, DULWICH, SA 5065, Australia

Record Agent and Genealogist

Ms Judy Purkiss

Ms Judy Purkiss –  Dip FHS, Dip Mgmt, MAAGRA

Special Interests: Australian and English research.  Access to Western Australian repositories.

State/Location specialty: Western Australia

Biography: Judy is a genealogist who holds a Diploma in Family Historical Studies.  She is the author of several family histories, digital stories and articles for various magazines.

Judy is also a member of the Society of Australian Genealogists and the Western Australian Genealogical Society.   She is a registered user with the State Records Office in Western Australia and has access to these records and other Western Australian repositories.

She enjoys researching and ‘leaves no stone unturned’.

email: [email protected]

website: Facebook: Judy Purkiss Family Historian

11 Persoonia Close,  Gidgegannup, WA, 6083, Australia

Record Agent and Genealogist

Dr Dianne Snowden

Dr Dianne Snowden – PhD (History), BA (Hons), DipEd., DipFHS, MAAGRA
Special Interests: Genealogical researcher, lecturer and professional historian for more than thirty years
State/Location specialty: Tasmania
Genealogical researcher, lecturer and professional historian for more than thirty years

email: [email protected]

telephone bh: 0409 140 657

Box 4659, Bathurst Street PO, HOBART, TAS 7000, Australia

Record Agent and Genealogist
Office Bearer: Councillor

Ms Phoebe Wilkens

Ms Phoebe Wilkens

Adv. Diploma Local, Family & Applied History, B. Historical Inquiry & Practice, member of the PHA, MAAGRA.

Special interests include, family history and genealogical research, family trees, local historical research, discovering the history of your home, property or business, breaking down ‘brick walls’ and solving family mysteries.

I have many years of experience working with and utilising records from the Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) and the National Archives of Australia, the State Library of Victoria, the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, the Australian War Memorial, as well as local historical institutions and societies.

I also have vast experience working with English, Irish and Scottish records as well as experience working with Dutch and Dutch East Indian records.

Location: Victoria


email: [email protected]


telephone: 0402 682 329

postal address: PO Box 429, Brunswick, Victoria 3055 OR E3 Federal Mills Park, 33 Mackey Street, North Geelong, Victoria, 3215

Mrs Anne Young

Mrs Anne Young – Grad. Dip., M. Litt. Local & Applied History (UNE); MAAGRA
Special Interests: Working directly with family history researchers
State/Location specialty: Victoria
Using a range of materials, both paper and digital, I provide relevant, well-sourced information that answer the questions of clients in a professional, cost-effective and timely manner. I have a Graduate Diploma in Local and Applied History (UNE, 1999) and a Master of Letters (Australian History) (UNE, 2001). I deal directly with family history researchers, and I have also provided professional services through’s ExpertConnect service, completing 96 projects, with an average 5-star rating, the maximum.

email: [email protected]   


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PO Box 122W, BALLARAT WEST, VIC 3350, Australia

Record Agent and Genealogist