Where do I start?
Most people start with a family tree,
showing the names of the individuals that
you are descended from. A full tree shows
the birth, marriage and deaths of your
parents, 4 grandparents, 8
great-great-grandparents, and so on. These
simple facts of birth, marriage and death
can be complemented with the “meat” of
family history – how our ancestors arrived
in Australia, how they worked, lived, and
died; what they owned, who their neighbours
were, what they read in the local paper, and
all the other details that turn names on a
chart into real people.
Where is the research done?
The majority of our research is performed at
repositories such as
the LDS Family History Library, Public
Record Office of Victoria, State Library of
Victoria, and Genealogical Society of
Some repositories allow the use of digital
cameras and laptop computers and others only
allow pencil and paper. The cost of
photocopies also varies widely between
Some records are available online, and
digital images from these services will be
provided where possible, so save time and
How much does it cost?
I perform most research on an hourly basis
I cannot guarantee that specific
records will be available for your ancestor
– they may have been lost, destroyed, or
never existed in the first place. There may
be a lot of information or very little, and
it may be easy or difficult to find.
If you’ve done any research you know how
quickly the time goes.
I can’t give an
exact estimate of how long a specific
request will take. To find the arrival of
your ancestor may take a short time, or it
may take hours. To build a family tree will
usually take many, many hours if it is to be
It is impossible to predict the cost of
certificates, photocopies and postage before
the research begins, so these costs are
additional to the hourly rate, and are
payable before results are sent. Each
and online genealogy service has different charges for
and digital copies.
Trying to get started? Using Birth Death &
Marriage Indexes we research your Ancestors
back to point of immigration into Australia,
identifying their names and where possible
their date of birth, death & marriage.
Information presented on an A4 chart.
Certificates are extra - see below.
We research your Ancestors back to point of
immigration into Australia, and provide you
with a written report
including photos and the story of your
Want to discover where your family
originated from overseas? Want some more
information on the village or city they
lived in? Would you like
me to find your grandfathers World War 2
Service Record? Let me help build up a picture of
your family including newspaper accounts,
parish registers, directories and occupation
Packages start from $500 for initial
research (10 hours approx), analysis, report and chart
writing and printing, or for specific inquiries via an
hourly rate with a $100 minimum (approx 4 hours).
Additional work will be charged at a rate of
$30 per hour. This does not include the cost of birth,
death or marriage certificates or other documents (e.g.
parish registers, shipping passenger lists, war service
records, wills, apprenticeship indentures, census
records etc). These costs will be advised, before they