Among the Australians heading to Birmingham in June for THE Genealogy Show are three Genealogists from Sydney, Jennie Fairs, Lilian Magill, and Sharn White. These genies are hoping to make lots of new friends at the show so, if you have any questions about Australian research make sure you seek out one of these women for a geneachat!
Jennie Fairs has been researching for 40 years and holds a Diploma in Family Historical Studies and an Associate Diploma in Local and Applied History.
Jennie turned from a professional genealogist to a book researcher for Australian authors, and has been involved in more than 100 books, including biographies of Chrissy Amphlett, Rod Laver, Margaret Court, Anita Cobby and Cecil Healy!
Jennie is actively involved in family history groups in Australia, including:
- Former secretary of the Australian Federation of Family History Organisations
- Administrator since 2010 of the North Antrim Local Interest List
- Committee member and supervisor of candidates for the Diploma in Family Historical Studies with the Society of Australian Genealogists
- Newsletter editor for The Surname Society
- Vice-president of Botany Bay Family History Society
- RootsTech Ambassador 2017 in SLC (and 2018 as a distance Ambassador)
When not involved in genealogy activities Jennie is a “mad patchwork quilter”. You can keep up to date with this genie on her website.
Lilian Magill was, in her early life, a teacher and a librarian, but is now loving retirement! Lilian and husband Paul, have two daughters, two sons-in-law and four grandchildren. Lilian began her genealogical journey 34 years ago, when she started researching her father’s side. This has since grown to include her husband’s side and doing research for others. When not chasing ancestors, Lilian likes to read, quilt or knit.
Lilian says “I’ve been to RootsTech twice and was considering going in 2019 but THE Genealogy Show was announced and as I hadn’t been to the United Kingdom, thought why not? This has since morphed into six weeks and visits to ancestral haunts, plus sightseeing”.
Lilian is a keen writer, you can follow her blog, Lilian’s Tree and read about her experiences. “I write about anything and everything. I have made contact with cousins, through the blog and I’ve also made great friends, through blogging,” she says.
Sharn White has a background in teaching and has studied history, local history and family history at a number of universities. She has been researching her family history for twenty-five years and writes four family history blogs, three of which have been archived by Trove’s Pandora website for their contribution to Australian historical research.
Sharn appeared on the television documentary, Coast Australia, after researching the convict history of Norfolk Island and presents regularly about a number of topics, including Convict History, German Immigration to Australia, House Histories, Blogging Family History and Telling Family History Stories.
In 2012, Sharn branched into researching house histories in and heritage reports and works both independently and for David White Architects, a Heritage Architectural Practice.
Sharn loves meeting fellow family historians, she has been a RootsTech Ambassador every year since 2015 and will be attending as an Australian Ambassador in Salt Lake City prior to travelling the THE Genealogy Show.
We’re very much looking forward to meeting these ladies at THE Show!