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About Therese Lynch

Welcome to Your Family Genealogist. I’m Therese Lynch, a professional genealogist with a rich background in senior public sector management. My career allowed me to develop a keen eye for detail and a systematic approach to research, skills that I now apply to genealogy.

After an early retirement, I was fortunate to focus full time on my own family history and helping friends with theirs. This interest quickly evolved into more than a hobby, leading me to earn a Diploma in Family History from the University of Tasmania.

I derive immense satisfaction from guiding others on their family history journey and conducting research on their behalf. I also offer insights into lesser-known repositories to help break down those stubborn ‘brick walls’ (you can find more on this in my Blog).

My profound understanding of genealogy inspired me to establish Your Family Genealogist. Living in Canberra, I have the privilege of easy access to all national institutions. Research, as we know, extends beyond mere internet searches. I frequently visit the National Archives of Australia, the Australian War Memorial, and the National Library, delving into their extensive collections not available online.

As a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, I adhere to their Code of Ethics and Professional Practices and apply the Genealogical Proof Standard in all my work.

My family’s long history of military service, dating back to the early 1800s, has led me to specialize in military family history. I also have expertise in Australian convicts, Victorian goldfields, and land records.

Leveraging previous experience as an IT trainer, I offer one-on-one or small group training tutorials on how to use the major commercial genealogy databases such as Ancestry and FindmyPast. This service has been well-received by clients who subscribed to these platforms and need guidance on how to proceed.

I am an active member of Family History ACT (FHACT), where I contribute to their Ancestral Searcher magazine and deliver lectures and presentations at their general meetings and special interest groups.

As a published writer, I enjoy transforming research into tangible bodies of work. My contributions range from writing a chapter on Land Records for the current edition of FHACT’s book, Family History for Beginners and Beyond, to authoring a book about my great-great-grandfather, Peter Roney, a Pioneering Entrepreneur. However, not all ancestors warrant an entire book. For most, an illustrated ancestral profile or a visual piece like a photo essay is more suitable.

I firmly believe in the philosophy that information is for sharing, especially when it comes to family history resources. I love discovering new family history sites and databases, and my Blog is an excellent platform for sharing these finds.

I look forward to joining you on your genealogical research journey.

Therese Lynch

Your Family Genealogist

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