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 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]

Mr Peter Gill

Mr Peter Gill – BA, B.Ed, MAAGRA

Special Interests: Shipping and immigration, education records, public buildings, inquests/wills.

State/Location specialty: Victoria

Peter Gill has been searching in genealogical and family history records for the past 30 years. His experience has developed from an extensive teaching career, which included working in several different libraries. Peter worked in 2 different Melbourne newspaper offices prior to commencing teaching, so he has a broad and practical research background. Research experience includes public record searches, local history, newspaper sources, missing relatives, education and school, immigration, inquests & wills.

email: [email protected]

telephone bh & ah: 03 9885 2203

2 Mernda Avenue, ASHBURTON, VIC 3147, Australia

Record Agent
Office Bearer: Committee member

Mr Peter Matthews

Mr Peter Matthews, Dip Ed, B Ed, Grad Dip Ed Admin, MAAGRA

Special Interests: in schools, country Victorian towns, wills and probates, and cemetery records
State/Location specialty: VIC
Prior to beginning this business Peter Matthews was a teacher for 40 years, and a School Principal for half of that time. His most recent Principal role was at a complex multi-campus school and required significant managerial, leadership and technical skills. He has a close attention to detail, documentation and precise planning, and meeting the requirements of clients. He provides general research work for clients as well as genealogical research and advice.

email: [email protected]

telephone bh: 0427 330 132 mobile: 0427 330 132

PM Research Services, 8 Vickers Street, Kialla, VIC 3631, Australia

Record Agent

Ms Ann Mushet

Ann Mushet, Bachelor of Ed primary teaching, Diploma of Family History completed July 2021.  

Special Interests: Newspapers, convicts, cemetery records, directories, and census records.  
State/Location specialty: VIC and Tasmania. 
I started teaching 40 years ago. In the last 20 years have done relief primary teaching at over 100 schools in Melbourne. I have run my own small businesses including making children’s clothes to importing flooring. My interest in family history began very early in life due to having Scottish grandparents. A year’s travel overseas in 1984 included some research on my Scottish line. Finding a convict in the family 20 years ago, has led to my interest in convicts. I’ve visited Port Arthur twice. 

I started studying a Diploma of Family History in 2020 which included two convict subjects. I will be completing the Diploma in July 2021. I have done extensive research for friends and family to find their ancestors and to create booklets for them, including copies of certificates, photos and family charts.  

I’ve been a member and volunteer of the AIGS, used records from the Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) and the National Archives of Australia, Trove, the State Library of Victoria, the Australian War Memorial and

email: [email protected]   


mobile: 0434 543 743 

Address: Ferntree Gully, 3156, Vic.

Mrs Anita Payne

Mrs Anita Payne – DipFamHist (UTAS), MAAGRA
Special Interests: Family history research, Charting trees, Cemeteries, PROV, Convicts, Heraldry, all Australian, New Zealand, UK
research and most recently Netherlands.
State/Location specialty: Victoria and other states.
I have a life long history of researching not only my own family but also assisting others find their family
members as well. Where genealogy is so often considered to be research of only the past, I regularly find living
relatives, which can lead to warm family reunions.
My professional background of 40 years has essentially been in nursing, which is very people-oriented.
Interestingly, this gives me extra insights into matters such as illness and cause of death. I no longer work in that
area, concentrating fully on genealogy.
The greatest pleasure in my work has always been the surprised and happy reactions of clients whose family
past, wherever that went, lets them feel they know where they came from. Usually they also receive some
fascinating and previously unheard of tales of their family’s past lifestyle and circumstances.
I am in the process of updating my (old) websites, including obtaining testimonials from happy clients, and
expect to have them flying soon.
Telephone: 0418 466 099
Postal: Unit 2, 40 Main Street, Rutherglen 3685
Record Agent

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