I give presentations on various aspects of family history, both in-person and virtually, and love to inspire others to discover more about their ancestors and the places where they lived.

Recent talks have been for the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA) in the UK, Auckland Family History Expo, the Genealogical Society of Queensland, and local branches of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists.

See below for the list of talks I currently offer.

Upcoming events

All times given in New Zealand (NZST/NZDT) time. Contact organisers for details.

09 - 11

Auckland Family History Expo

Fickling Convention Centre | 546 Mt Albert Road, Three Kings, Auckland
All Day
    01 - 10

    18th History & Genealogy Cruise: Southern Australia

    Celebrity Edge
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      Current talks

      The following are talks I currently offer.  Presentations on other topics may be developed on request. Discounted speaker fee available for local genealogy societies.

      The Mermaid, painting of the clipper ship by John Scott, held by National Maritime Museum

      All aboard for a new life

      How did our 19th century ancestors get to New Zealand, and what was their journey like? This talk looks at the migrants aboard the Mermaid in 1863, and the range of sources you can use to find your family and their stories.

      Tracing property in England – from Domesday to present day

      A whistle-stop tour of some of the key resources for tracing land and property in England from the Domesday Survey in 1086 to today.

      Finding Private Clark, 19th century soldier

      A case study in identifying a soldier with a common name in the British Army during the Victorian era.

      Schooling the Victorians

      Where did our 19th century ancestors learn to read? A look at the changes in English education during the Victorian era, the records that schooling generated and how we might find our ancestors in them.

      Finding your family’s footprints in Ireland

      How Griffith’s Valuation and the subsequent Revision books and other related records can help you discover the place where your family left their footprints.

      Fake news and fearsome truths – what you’ll find in newspapers about your family

      Where to find stories of your family and their community, and how to sift the fact from the fiction, using what you find as a jumping off point into other records.