New South Wales
I am the current and first female President of the Society of Australian Genealogists (SAG). I am a regular presenter at the SAG, a member of the TMG and advanced DNA groups and coordinator of the Beginners DNA group. My background is in astronomy and physics and my day job is in this field.
I have BSc. (Hons) in Physics and I currently work full time in the field of astronomy and education. I also work as a casual instructor with Swinburne University for their Online Astronomy Courses. I also teach astronomy and family history courses at St George and Sutherland Community College.
In the past I contributed a column to Lab News Magazine and then later spent some time as Assistant Editor on both Lab News and Today's Life Sciences Magazines. I was part of the 'Science in the Pub' team that won an Australian Eureka Award for Science Promotion in 2000.
My interest in genealogy started at an early age and has grown over the years. I am particularly interested in DNA and how it can aid family history research. I became a member of Botany Bay Family History Society (BBFHS) and the Society of Australian Genealogists (SAG) in 2000. I joined the Board of Directors at the SAG in 2015 and in December 2018 became the first female President of the Society in its 88 years of operation. I also serve on the SAG Education and Finance committees. I am a regular presenter on various topics at SAG, a member of the TMG and DNA groups and coordinator of the Beginners DNA group.
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