Recent testimonial

posted Jan 18, 2018, 11:15 AM by Anne Young

I do appreciate positive feedback. I just received these kind words from a fellow APG member “I have to say I’m quite impressed.  What a terrific job you’ve done.  Thank you.  I will not hesitate to refer Australian cases to you in the future.  I hope one comes up soon.”

Sometimes DNA is the only way to go back

posted Oct 23, 2017, 12:37 PM by Anne Young

Some times the only way I believe to build your tree further back is through autosomal DNA testing.

Your DNA and that of your cousins is in a sense another document and can be used in conjunction with more traditional documents to go further back in your family history.  There are quite a few tantalising clues but not enough proof to make connections. Your DNA matches may allow you to make connections with your cousins and from their trees together with the documents you already have, you may be able to confirm the hypothesis about your family history. One thing DNA does not do - it does not disprove hypotheses, it can only confirm them. If you don't match a cousin (more than third cousin) it just means you did not inherit the same segments, it does not mean you don't share a common ancestor.

I recommend you test with ancestryDNA - they have the largest database and some useful tools and you can export your data. I recommend you do export your data, in particular to Gedmatch and consider also using Wikitree to connect with cousins. I also recommend you test cousins as well, shared DNA matches can help enormously in working out cousin connections. 

I have written a couple of blog posts on my own experience with testing which you may find useful. It is a very slow process.
I am happy to help with analysing your DNA matches if you wish.

My own family history

posted Jun 1, 2014, 10:53 AM by Anne Young   [ updated Oct 23, 2017, 12:33 PM ]

I blog about my own family history at

Ballarat Goldfields ancestry

posted Nov 14, 2012, 6:26 PM by Anne Young

If you have ancestry in Australia before World War Two it has been said that there is a one in ten chance you had an ancestor on the Ballarat Goldfield - for more information see

Now in Ballarat but still travelling to Canberra

posted Aug 4, 2011, 8:28 PM by Anne Young

I have moved to Ballarat and will be researching both here and in Melbourne.  I will still be making frequent trips to Canberra to continue research there.

Feedback from cousin of client

posted Jun 22, 2011, 8:21 PM by Anne Young

"As an experienced family historian I am very impressed with your work on" ... it was nice to hear from a cousin of a client of mine.  I think it is really useful if genealogy is published and thus shared.  It is essential though to share also how you know - ie what evidence is there for the linkages on the tree or particular events.

1911 Scottish census

posted Apr 11, 2011, 3:37 PM by Anne Young

Updating several family trees with the newly released Scottish census information

96 projects completed for Expert Connect Service

posted Mar 13, 2011, 9:01 PM by Anne Young

I completed 96 projects within the Expert Connect service run by with an average 5* rating.  The comment from the final project I completed was "Anne's expert research knowledge helped us start to unravel a family mystery".  I greatly enjoyed my time participating in this service and am sorry that have decided to discontinue it.

2nd World War research

posted Mar 1, 2011, 6:46 PM by Anne Young   [ updated Mar 1, 2011, 6:49 PM ]

Client feedback: "The book is currently at the printer... Thanks again for your great work. I have given you a ‘mention in despatches’. I will be in touch when I get my next project going!!!"

Search for mother's unknown family

posted Feb 5, 2011, 1:05 AM by Anne Young   [ updated Feb 5, 2011, 1:17 AM ]

Client feedback: You have given us such interesting research about our unknown family. Thank you for your diligent and fast work. It is a pleasure to see how much you have discovered. the additional photos and newspaper articles are an added bonus.

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