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Judith O'Donoghue, Dip F.H.S. Cairns, Queensland, Australia Updated March 5, 2006
About Our Family Research
I began researching my Mazlin Family History in 1985,There was no internet then and I had to travel a great deal to find my families in various archives in Australia. I also wrote many letters to destinations overseas. I realised how important real certificates were to my research and went without many things in order to purchase them. They have been my best investment. Through my research at archives, churches, graveyards, relatives homes etc I have made many friends who have also helped enormously. I also visited libraries everywhere looking for information and photographs of villages etc to illustrate my family history. My daughter encouraged me to sit for a Diploma in Family History Studies with the Society of Genealogy in Sydney. I left school at age 16 and did not believe I could pass, let alone be awarded the Diploma. With her help I did my best through the three year course and passed with flying colours. I now work as a volunteer in our local City Library as a professional genealogist. I am very proud of what I have achieved but my best thoughts are of the many people I have helped or started on their road to what I consider to be the very best of hobbies. It is now so easy to research via the internet and sometimes I miss the search for records in those dusty old tomes and cracked microfishe with nothing but sheer determination to track down "something". Time moves on and I wonder what will be available in 50 years time. I hope the "thrill of the chase" always remains.