Learn your family history

Kay Campbell with Ann Kothstein, Angie Beck and Colette Hunter. Picture: Emma Reeves d421185
Kay Campbell with Ann Kothstein, Angie Beck and Colette Hunter. Picture: Emma Reeves d421185

The genealogist taught beginners and fellow family history buffs how to use online resources, and said the biggest issue for people was knowing how to get started.

‘Start with yourself, then go back to your parents,’ she said.

The Alexander Heights resident said she started off researching her own family, helped by her grandmother’s good recordkeeping, and is now digging into her husband’s family history.

‘Mine were salt of the earth people who never did anything wrong; he has got five convicts,’ she said.

‘I’ve been doing it for over 30 years, before computers, mostly by letter-writing and waiting for the postman to arrive with the letter.

‘Where I had to pay for marriage certificates, say from England, now quite often I can find them online, and instantly, where before I had to wait weeks.’

Mrs Campbell said most libraries offered free access to ancestry.com.

The Two Rocks Yanchep Family History Group meets at the library in the Phil Renkin Recreation Centre every Wednesday.

Call 9561 1110 to attend.