As a long-time family tree climber, and freelance researcher for episodes of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ (Australia), Megan has up-to-date knowledge and contacts when it comes to family tree research.
Whether you have one single mystery to solve, or want Megan on the case for longer term research, you’re likely to save yourself time and money by delegating to a professional. Confidentiality assured, if you want it.
NOTE: Megan is not able to take on new research clients until further notice. Meantime you may be interested in reading her book to help you start or progress with your research.
As a freelance interviewer and writer for several national magazines, including Inside History, as well as being the author of the book “How To Get More Family Tree Time - Tips for the Time Poor!”, Megan can passionately bring your family’s story to life, in articles, books, website content and more. Contact Megan today for a free quote.
As a previous Executive Assistant to many high level bosses in corporate and government, Megan's seen and used many a system. Combined with her own long-term family tree research, organising skills she's employed as a freelance researcher on some episodes of the hit TV show "Who Do You Think You Are?", as well as recent training with Karen Koedding (a leading Professional Organiser who's worked with internationally acclaimed Organiser, Peter Walsh), Megan can assess your problem areas, offer de-cluttering suggestions, and create a tailor made plan for new, workable processes and systems. She can also advise on helpful products.
Depending on availability and location, Megan can conduct consultation calls with you by phone, Skype, or even on-the-spot, in person.
While Megan loves her research, she knows she can’t research everyone’s tree! That’s why she’s available as your own personal Family Tree Coach. You still get to do the fun research if you want to. Just touch base with Megan from time to time (say once a week, fortnight or month) for as long as you like, and she’ll give you some tips and guidance as to the next steps.
Research, Wriing & Organising: Because every project is different, there is no “set” fee, so Megan charges an hourly rate. For example, some research is completed quickly and easily, other research takes longer, depending on the complexity of the mystery. Writing projects could range from a media release through to writing a family history from scratch. Organising your paperwork and computer files may be a simple process if you're just starting out, or a mammoth de-cluttering and organising job if you've been accumulating paperwork and items for many years!
Megan will chat with you about what you want to achieve, and give you an estimate of what that may cost.
For Coaching, there’s no long contracts, just a minimum of 4 x 1 hour sessions (or a combination of 1 hour sessions and 30minute sessions).
Once a fee has been agreed, you generally pay up-front. (Part payments by arrangement only.) You’ll also need to allow for incidental costs such as international phone calls, photocopying, cost of certificates, products etc.
We work to your budget, big or small, and your schedule. Contact Megan today for a free quote.
As in life, there are no guarantees with genealogy and family history research. Your ancestor may be found in five minutes, or may still prove elusive after hours or days of research. This all depends on what, if anything, exists about your ancestor. You are paying for Megan’s time and expertise, and though she would love to be able to find your ancestor quickly, this isn’t always the case. You can at least rest assured that you've tried.
Just like “how much will it cost?”, the answer will be different in each case. Megan can chat with you to give you an estimate. It’s usually best to work in small chunks of time. Then you and Megan can review the progress, and decide on the next steps.
Megan will chat with you about the final outcome you’re after, and give you a suggested timeframe.
You set your own pace with coaching, as we work to your budget and your schedule. If catching up with Megan is best for you after standard work hours, or over the weekend, this can usually be arranged.
Megan loves speaking at events about genealogy and family history, and her experiences working as a freelance researcher (including ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Australia).
Topics can be tailored to your event, whether it be a fun talk about timesaving tips, or a behind the scenes look at working as a researcher in TV, and much more.
Having an experienced TV researcher and author with interesting stories and practical tips at your event will help promote your society and event to a wider audience, and ensure they have a memorable time when they get there. Family history groups often gain new members from Megan's talk as she always encourages non-members in the audience to join up! With Megan's publicity background, she is happy to assist if required, in generating publicity for the event.
Recent speaking topics include “How To Get More Family Tree Time – Tips for the Time Poor!”, and “Researching Famous Aussies for Who Do You Think You Are?”. Megan has presented talks at the Unlock the Past Genealogy Expo (Adelaide, Sydney) and around Australia including for the Young & District Family History Group (NSW), Southern Peninsula Family History Society (VIC), Hornsby Library (NSW), the National Archives of Australia (on "Shake Your Family Tree Day") (ACT), Geelong Heritage Centre Open Day (VIC) and others. Megan is scheduled to talk at other events soon, so get in and book her, before it's too late.
Read what people have had to say about attending one of Megan's talks, on the Testimonials webpage on this website.
Contact Megan today about booking her for your eventful event!
Absolutely. Megan can provide feedback from previous speaking events and attendees if you wish, or take a look at the Testimonials webpage on this website. Every event is different, so contact her so she can arrange to phone you to discuss the details.
You can send an email to Megan 24/7, and she’ll get back to you as soon as she can, depending on research and other work commitments. Generally you should hear back within 48 hours.
You are welcome to phone Mon-Sat 9am to 6pm, or Megan can be available after standard work hours or on weekends by prior arrangement, if that suits you better. If the phone is unanswered, Megan may be immersed in researching or writing by a deadline, but do leave a message.
Right here on this website, using the secure PayPal payment system, with or without a credit card, any time of the day or night! Or if you prefer to send a cheque or money order, please make it out to FAMILY TREE TIME, download the order form and post them both to us. See the Shopping Time FAQ for more details, including PayPal information.
Megan will also be selling the book at the Family Tree Time stall at selected family history and community events (where you can nab the book for a special price and save postage costs!).
The book will become available in selected bookstores over the coming months. Current stockists include gleebooks (Glebe NSW), Better Read Than Dead Bookstore (Newtown, NSW), smiths alternative bookshop (Canberra, ACT), and the National Library of Australia bookshop (Canberra, ACT). More to come.
A selection of genealogy and family history groups also stock the book, eg Society of Australian Genealogists, HAGSOC, and the Central Coast Family History Society.
Booksellers, tourism outlets, family history societies and others - for trade queries, Terms of Trade, and an Order Form, please visit the publisher's website, www.wordsforyou.com.au or phone +61 (0) 2 6154 0927.
Megan's always happy to spread the word about timesaving tips to help fellow genealogy and family history fans, and to share stories from her own TV research experiences. As a nationally published writer for magazines such as Inside History (and as a publicist in a previous life) she knows what you're after and that you need it yesterday :) Megan has done radio interviews for a number of stations, including the ABC (eg various Local ABC stations, "Australia Talks" on Radio National etc), as well as print media.
Series 4 is now in production. Megan's undertaken various pieces of research for a few episodes, but can't tell you "who" until the series goes to air in 2012!!
On Series 3, after keeping it secret for months and months while undertaking the research, Megan revealed that she'd been researching the family of Logie award-winning actress Georgie Parker. Series 3 of the Australian series of the hit tv show 'Who Do You Think You Are?' started on Sun 28 Nov 2010, on SBS One, with Magda Szubanski's episode. Other celebrities featured included Rod Marsh, Tina Arena, Shane Bourne and Paul Mercurio, with Georgie's episode going to air on Sunday 2 Jan 2011. Megan was also involved in research on Christine Anu's episode in Series 2.
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