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Breaking through brick walls: Finding your Aunty Maud

August 25 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

$35 – $50

Presenters: Jennifer Harrison, Elaine Lucas, Janice Wellard & Christine Meehan

THIS WORKSHOP IS BOOKED OUT. If you would like to be put onto a waiting list, please email the .

Do you have an ancestor that you can’t find in a census or find his or her birth/baptism or marriage? When you do a search, are there so many entries that you can’t work out how to narrow them down or know which ones to choose to view?  This frustrating experience – hitting the brick wall – occurs to all family historians at some time.  Sometimes the problem can be easily resolved, sometimes unusual sources may need to be consulted and sometimes research needs to be reviewed to find further clues.

This very practical, problem solving workshop will be of interest to people who have tried – they believe – all possible avenues of research and have come up with a blank. There will be four very experienced family historians on hand to guide you, offering suggestions, helping you to prove or disprove your findings. A bonus will be the other participants who can also share advice on the tips and tricks they have tried.

The workshop will begin with a short overview presentation followed by one on GSQ library resources.  Attendees will then work with the presenters in a group, sharing ideas and identifying possible avenues for research. 

Following the guided collaborative session, attendees can then choose to continue researching in the library and/or on computers with assistance from the presenters.

In order to maximise your chances of success on the day, you will need to provide GSQ with a copy of your problem no later than 18 August. A template Research Log and Timeline are provided with examples (click on the link to download them). Please submit your Research Log and/or Timeline as an attachment in an email to the  ONE WEEK prior to the workshop so that the presenters can research your brick wall.  These templates are guides ONLY so please feel free to edit them. You may prefer to provide your information in a narrative rather than table form.  Please clearly outline what brick wall you would like to break through eg Find the parents of James Phillips born abt 1775 OR Find marriage of James Phillips to Lydia Ballard also known as Kelsey – marriage date abt 1805-1811.

One outcome of this workshop may be the creation of a Research Plan [Template] outlining further avenues for research.


Once you have selected your ticket type(s) and the number of tickets, you will be required to enter the names of the event attendee(s) and their email address. The email address may be used by event presenters to send out information prior to the course.


August 25
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$35 – $50
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