My name is Sue and I have been researching my family history for over 40 years. I began by keeping folders of information, drawing family trees by hand on large sheets of newsprint and looking through microfilms in libraries and history centres. I helped organize family reunions to gather more personal information from relatives.
But my research now involves looking at original, digitized newspapers, names index, convict records all found online. My data is held in a database on my home computer as well as online. I still research whenever I visit overseas to UK and Ireland where my ancestors mainly came from back in the 1800’s. Recently DNA testing has also helped me with my research.
Since completing the Diploma of Family History at UTAS in 2017, instead of just collecting names, dates and places, I now look for the stories of my ancestors using newspapers and asking questions of my older relatives. These stories are then published in this blog for future generations to find.