About

This website was put together after attending the 2015 Society of Australian Genealogist’s “Lost In” Weekend. In particular, two webinars stood out: Putting the Family into Family History, presented by Martyn Killion, and Passing on Your Family History, presented by Heather Garnsey.

Covering topics such as engaging your relatives in their family history, organising your research, and, asking where will your family history end up, I realised that the time had come to start presenting my more than 35 years of research in a format that I hope will attract, and interest, readers throughout the world.

A few credentials: Catching the genealogical bug in my mid teens, by 1991 I had completed four years of study at the University of New England on Local and Applied History and went on to complete the Diploma of Family Historical Studies from the Society of Australian Genealogists in 1994. I’m a past secretary of the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations and I’ve been the administrator of the North Antrim Local Interest List for the past 10 years.

I am currently a committee member for The Surname Society  in the role of social network coordinator and newsletter editor, as well as a member of the Diploma Committee for the Society of Australian Genealogists.

I have also been very fortunate to utilise my research skills for various book authors, including my own book, Family and Local History Sources in the Sydney Area, which was published back in the days when you had to physically visit repositories for your research, and manually wind microfilm reels!

Unless otherwise specified, material on this website is the result of my personal research. I have tried to verify all material but due to the nature of genealogy, information obtained by me from relevant repositories and contributing individuals may have been incorrectly transcribed from original documents or incorrectly recalled from passed-down family memories. I welcome all notifications of any errors so that they may be corrected as well as any additional information you may have knowledge of. Make sure to check back regularly as further material is added and/or revised on a regular basis.

The surnames listed on this website are those of my personal family history as well as those of my significant “other-half”. Please do contact me if you think you are related as I have a wealth of information which I do not plan to make publicly available on this website.

And finally, it has taken me many years and considerable expense in researching these family histories – please be considerate and do not reproduce any part of this website without first seeking permission from myself.

Jennie Fairs