Jill Ball

Lost Cousins Down Under

In the 19th and 20th centuries, families leaving Britain and Europe often split up, with some branches moving to Australia.

In this talk, Jill will share a short history of convict transportation and assisted and free immigration to Australia. She will discuss government structure and highlight several Australian record repositories, libraries and societies useful for genealogical research.

Jill will introduce a range of online resources that can be used to find long-lost relatives in the Australia.


A former librarian, teacher and IT specialist, Jill (aka GeniAus) Ball, is an amateur genealogist and grandmother of 12 from Sydney, Australia. Family is important to Jill who has been chasing her ancestors for thirty years and, in retirement, devotes every spare moment to genealogy activities. She is particularly interested harnessing technology for family history.

Jill has presented at international, national and state education, IT and genealogy conferences and enjoys sharing her knowledge in face to face and online presentations. She has represented Australia as an Ambassador at each RootsTech conference. Closer to home she serves on the Education Committee of The Society of Australian Genealogists and is an organizer of The Hornsby Shire Family History Group. On three occasions Jill has been voted by fellow genies as Australia’s Gold Genealogy Rockstar.

Jill is active on multiple social media channels. She shares her enthusiasm for social media, technology, and genealogy through her blog GeniAus (geniaus.blogspot.com), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/geniauspage/) and website (www.geniaus.net).

Excitement about attending and presenting at THE Genealogy Show is growing for Jill who is honoured to be part of such a super program.