It's a topic that fascinates me, so I set out to learn more about the pros and cons of getting a DNA test done for family history purposes. Read my article, THE ABC OF DNA, in the very latest edition of Inside History magazine (Sep-Oct 2014). It was a wonderful opportunity to chat with my esteemed colleague Kerry Farmer, who is an absolute whiz on the topic, and with Barbara, who recently went through the DNA process to learn more about her ancestors.
You may also be interested in my article, RESTORATION ANCESTOR, which was the lead story in the May-Jun 2014 edition of Inside History magazine. Follow my personal journey as I have my Great Uncle's incomplete death certificate amended, and learn how you can correct official records for your ancestors too.
Please support the hardworking Inside History team by purchasing a copy of the magazine at your newsagency or online at www.insidehistory.com.au, or by taking out a subscription - the magazine industry is tough and every copy you buy ensures the magazine continues to share valuable news, resources and stories with us.
This seminar booked out very quickly in April 2014 - here's your chance to get a seat at a repeat session!Have you thought about writing your family history? Book in for this informative and fun seminar, where you will actually get started, whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced researcher or writer.
Researcher, writer, and founder of Family Tree Time, Megan Gibson encourages everyone to write their family history …before it’s too late. A freelance researcher on several episodes of the hit television series Who Do You Think You Are?, former magazine editor ( the 100 page bimonthly Living magazine), and freelance writer for magazines including Inside History, Megan will be your guide as you learn how to:
- beat information overload & get organised
- find the best way to share your story eg book? website?
- avoid timewasting & costly mistakes
- create a realistic plan to match your priorities, budget & timeframe
- collect stories & collate research
- generate great ideas
- make a start on the spot!
Also discover how to donate your family history to libraries who will appreciate it.This is also a rare chance to look through selections of Megan’s own reference book collection.
* Read what people have to say about Megan’s talks on our Testimonials page
* Free handouts provided
* Get Megan to personally sign copies of her book How To Get More Family Tree Time – Tips for the Time Poor!, which will be for available for the special price of $25
*Walk away having actually made a start on writing your family history
When: Wednesday 1 October 2014Where: Young Library, Lynch St, Young NSW 2594 Time: 10am to 4pmInvestment: FREE but BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL - please phone (02) 6382 1886 to book, limited seats available. Morning & afternoon tea provided. BYO Lunch.See you there!
Want to do your family tree but don't know where to start? Or maybe you need a refresher session?Save time and money - invite Megan Gibson, an experienced family tree author and freelance researcher (including episodes of Who Do You Think You Are?) to your living room table for a hands-on informative and fun Family Tree Time Home Visit along with a group of up to three friends or family. Or, book a home visit with Megan all to yourself!
"The home visit was fabulous! The three of us could relax in the comfort of home and share Megan's attention without concern about monopolising her. The information we received and the progress made in that environment was inspiring. Itching to get her back!" Fiona, ACT, home visit, Nov 2013"It was great to draw on Megan's expertise in a small group. It meant that the information could be tailormade to my searches. It was like having my own personal consultant!" Sue, ACT, home visit, Nov 2013
"Megan came to my home to help me with a family history which had been surrounded by secrecy and pain for nearly 100 years. With so much mystery I was lucky to find a talented researcher who was genuinely interested in my family. Megan has many special talents. She:Is organised but has a sense of humour,Knows exactly what information you need to focus on to find out more,Was flexible enough to allow my parents to Skype in from Melbourne during the session,Was sensitive yet targeted when asking questions,Helped me find (among other things) my great-grandmother's hand written will,Is a fabulous coach,Understands technology and how to make the most of it for research.
However, Megan's most amazing gift is her ability to see your ancestors as people rather than just names in a family tree, and to tie their stories together to create a true narrative. Email or call her - you won't regret it." Catherine, QLD, two home visits, May/June 2014
Strictly limited dates:COMING SOON TO ACT & NSW Canberra & regional NSW Oct 2014COMING SOON TO QLD Brisbane/Sunshine Coast Nov/early Dec 2014COMING TO VIC 2015Other dates/locations negotiable but Megan's diary is filling fast.
Phone for details on 0410 635 578 or email ...before it's too late
AvailabilityAs I am only able to work part-time (due to health and carer responsibilities), my main focus is on writing further books and articles, and doing the odd talk at genealogy and history events. I will only be taking on a minimum amount of client research until further notice. However, if you do require a researcher (family history, community history etc), please send me an email outlining what you require, and I will let you know if I am in a position to be able to take on your project or not.
Social MediaI don't operate on social media at present, as Family Tree Time or as Megan Gibson. As a small part-time business, the main focus of my limited hours has to be completing writing and research for my clients.
To me, posting irregularly on social media is worse than not posting at all. I am just being realistic and honest about my resources, I am not (yet!) a big organisation with a whole Social Media Department!
There's plenty of people in the genealogy and family history world already tweeting and blogging, so there's no shortage of news and information out there for family tree fans. (Google my friends at Inside History magazine for a start.)
"We recently received a copy of "How To Get More Family Tree Time" by Megan Gibson. Megan is a freelance researcher who has done work for private clients, as well as researching several episodes of the Australian series 'Who Do You Think You Are?' - no doubt her work in TV production led to many of the tips in this book!The tips - and there are 50 of them - are divided into well organised chapters that make the book a great reference tool as well as a pleasing cover-to-cover read. Each suggested time-saving maxim is supported by practical, personal experience from Megan, so you get to see how these things translate into the real world.But it's not just for the time poor genealogist. This book is also great for beginners as it's packed with useful information for those starting out. So if this sounds like a book you or someone you know would be interested in - Christmas is just around the corner..." Book Review, ancestry.com.au e-newsletter, Nov 2010
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Dear Megan - The last week was just too busy and now coming down to earth I must tell you how amazed I am over your find and cannot thank you enough. It is quite fascinating…
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