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TGP 55: Fiona Brooker – New Zealand Genealogy

Featured Guest

Fiona Brooker

Fiona Brooker is a professional genealogist (Memories In Time) who has been actively researching her family history for over 30 years, inspired by two marriage certificates and a collection of family letters written from New Zealand back to her immigrant ancestor’s family in Devon, England. Whilst living and researching in the UK, she studied and gained a Higher Certificate in Genealogy from the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies. Fiona has served as both President and Treasurer of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists (NZSG). She is currently part of a ProGen study group.

Contact Links

Website – Memories in Time

Facebook Page – Memories in Time

Pinterest – Memories in Time

Links Mentioned

Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies – https://www.ihgs.ac.uk/

The New Zealand Society of Genealogists – https://www.genealogy.org.nz/

Talking Family History (Facebook) – https://www.facebook.com/talkingfamilyhistory/

Plan to Publish (Facebook) – https://www.facebook.com/groups/PlantoPublishYourFamilyHistory/

The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) – https://www.apgen.org

ProGen Study Group – https://www.progenstudy.org/

Thing You were most afraid of

Finding people who are actually going to pay you to do what you really love doing.”

Best Advice You Received from Someone Else

“Action not perfection. Don’t let the need for perfection stand in your way of just doing what needs to be done.”

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

“Go out and look for what opportunities are out there. You just don’t know what you can do until you see what others are doing as well. Get involved with projects in your local community.”

Recommended Book

Bringing Your Family History to Life through Social History by Katherine Scott Sturdevant


You reap what you sow. Get out there and be involved in groups and do things like transcribing.”

Action Item

Today’s action item comes straight from Fiona’s lightning round suggestion. If you are looking for opportunities look right in your local community. What opportunities are there that you can get involved with? Are any local groups doing projects that could use your research expertise? Perhaps research into soldiers of past wars. Or perhaps researching the town founders in the local cemetery. Use these opportunities to build networks and to spread the word about your services and expertise.


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