Meet Ann Mushet – Record Agent

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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.

Education

  • Bachelor of Primary Teaching.
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree Latrobe University, uncompleted.
  • Diploma of Family History (University of Tasmania, 2021)

Website: https://findmypedigree.com.au

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/findmypedigree

Email: [email protected]

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