JACQUI ROSE BROCK DipFamHist
Growing up in Brisbane in the 60s and 70s, Mum and I lived with mum’s eldest sister, Carmel. Aunty Carmel had a great collection of old family photographs and an old family Bible, and I recall dragging them out of the “hot water cupboard” on rainy days and school holidays and soaking up the images and the stories of the people in them. I was also greatly influenced by my cousin Andrea, and my mother’s cousin “Aunty Doreen” both amazing family historians.
I dabbled in genealogy off and on for many years when work and family commitments permitted, but it wasn’t until around 20 years ago that I finally started researching seriously – and what a time to get started. Every single day, more information becomes available on-line, and on-line courses are being offered in all aspects of history and genealogy. Don’t get me wrong, there is still a wealth of information that has not yet been digitised, and may never be – its all a matter of knowing where to look.
In 2017, I graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Diploma in Family History.
After attaining the Diploma in Family History, I founded IXL Family History with a goal to help others get started on this amazing road of discovery, or perhaps “give them a jump-start” when they need some help knocking down those brick walls, or dead ends.
I have lived in the beautiful Lockyer Valley, about 20 kms from Toowoomba in Queensland, Australia, for around 15 years. Pre-2020, (we all know what happened then), I received a RADF Grant (Regional Arts Development Fund) to give monthly presentations on family history at two of our local libraries. I did this for around 18 months and worked as a volunteer at the libraries providing one-on-one assistance with family history. These days, I volunteer one day a week at the Toowoomba and Darling Downs Family History Society’s HQ in South St, Toowoomba. I am the lead administrator for two facebook pages: Helidon and Surrounds Family and Local History and the Toowoomba and Darling Downs Family History Society’s facebook group, and I also own and admin the Family History and Genealogy Buy, Swap, Sell facebook page. I have also authored many stories for family history books and journals, and I’m currently the editor of a new publication by Toowoomba and Darling Downs Family History Society.
On top of all that, I am Vice President of the Toowoomba and Darling Downs Family History Society, committee member of History Queensland and member of the Guild of One Name Studies, Genealogical Society of Queensland, Society of Australian Genealogists and several international societies.
Jacqui Rose Brock DipFamHist
Memberships: Toowoomba and Darling Downs Family History Society, Genealogical Society of Queensland, and Society of Australian Genealogists. Committee member – History Queensland.