Genealogy Guru

"Preserving your family's history for future generations"

My passion for genealogy started in 2003, while I was talking to my grandmother about her childhood, shortly before she passed away. She was one of ten brothers and sisters, born in a small mining village called Grimethorpe, in Yorkshire, England. Unfortunately her memory was fading and she couldn't remember much, but I was intrigued by her story and wanted to try and find out more for her before she passed.

Ten years later and I'm still amazed at all the information I've been able to find out about both my grandmother's side of the family (the Wall's), and my father's side (the Daw's). Both sides have been traced back to the 1600s in the UK (Shropshire, England for the Wall's and London and Norfolk for the Daw's).

My mother's father Fred was born out of wedlock. My mother had never been able to find out about his real father because whenever she tried to ask, no one in the village would reveal the truth about him. All she had was a possible name and occupation.

I managed to locate a possible match in census records, and then through the wonderful power of the internet found a distant cousin of my mothers who still lived in the area. She knew enough of the family story that we were able to piece it together. She was able to send me photos of Fred's father (my grandfather was the spitting image of him). From there I located his military service records, which gave my grandfather's younger sister as next of kin (both my grandfather and his younger sister were born a few years after their mother's husband passed away).

Over the years I have also helped a few friends and colleagues to trace their family, and one colleague (and fellow genealogist) said I had helped her find in one weekend, what she had not managed to do in ten years of research!

I am a member of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists, Society of Australian Genealogists, and the Association of Professional Genealogists.