Having an unusual surname like Mushet led me to start my own family research when I was in my early teens. My grandparents had migrated to Melbourne from Scotland before my father was born in 1923, and I always felt proud of my Scottish heritage. I followed in my mother’s footsteps and became a primary teacher. In 1984 I took a year’s leave from teaching to travel overseas, visiting 24 countries. I realise now how lucky I was to research at the Edinburgh archives and climb the vaults to view the original documents of my ancestors. My DNA has shown that I am mostly Irish, English, and Scottish with 3% Norwegian!
I am a member of the AIGS in Blackburn and have volunteered there. I have also volunteered at the PROV (Public Record Office of Victoria) in North Melbourne. I have spent years trawling through records at the AIGS, GSV, State Library and Mormon church records.
I have now had over 30 years’ experience tracing family trees. I have had extensive experience in British and Australian resources, including convict and war records. I love technology and love the access we have to millions of digital records around the world.
With schools being shut down last year and me losing my work as a CRT (Casual Relief Teacher), I decided to start studying a Diploma of Family History at UTAS. I had not written a formal essay in 30 years. I loved the study, especially the convict subjects. (I have a convict in the family). I graduated this year in July with credits and distinctions.
Two years ago, I set up my website and began tracing friends’ family trees and putting the information into a published booklet. I used a variety of sources, from Ancestry.com, to newspapers, to cemetery records, to electoral rolls, to directories and local family history museums. I have written up 4 booklets now and they usually take over 6 months of research.
I became a grandma nearly 2 years ago and thus my parents became great-grandparents. I have been amazed at how we can know family across generations in person, but also learn about our ancestors through a range of extensive records. I am making it easy for my descendants to know about our family history. I cannot wait until the 1921 Scottish Census records are released next year.
Bachelor of Primary Teaching.
Bachelor of Arts Degree Latrobe University, uncompleted.
Diploma of Family History (University of Tasmania, 2021)