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AUSTRALIAN, BRITISH, SWEDISH and NORWEGIAN ancestry specialist – family history research to meet your needs

We can get you started or help you finish, search for that elusive ancestor, locate vital records, passenger lists, addresses or create a complete family tree.

Providing family history research since 2007
Specialising in Australian, British, Swedish and Norwegian ancestry
Member of the Genealogical Society of Victoria
Background in Intellectual Property research
Background in Project Engineering and Technical research since 1976
Bachelor of Engineering, Monash University 1975

At Web Trace we help you discover Your Family History. We aim to provide timely and cost effective research using online resources. We can research your family surname back to the early 1800s and often further.

We access National Archive records through the major online data bases and have instant access to Birth, Marriage and Death and Census information. We find your ancestors’ addresses, occupations and places of birth and also identify other family members living together for each census period. We maintain paid subscriptions to access these archive services.

To provide a good starting point, gather as much information as possible from your family and relations.

We keep you informed of progress and on completion provide a full written report, certificates, a descendant chart, copies of census returns and other relevant material along with suggestions for further research.

Purchase of certificates is usually necessary in order to discover unknown ancestors and to provide proof of family connection.

Please be aware that family history research is reliant on available records.

PRIVACY STATEMENT: Web Trace does not disclose personal information to any third party.
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WHY FAMILY HISTORY MATTERS

Capture Family Memories - Notions of people, places and events pervade our thoughts, a legacy of our parents’ and grandparents’ memories, stories recounted and folklore passed down through generations.

Discover Lost History - A wealth of family history may be scattered in pieces amongst relations, no one knowing the complete story:

Old letters, photos, newspaper clippings and personal documents lying forgotten in a corner.
An old timepiece, a medal or jewellery on display. Silent reminders of past lives.
Find Answers - Questions often arise during family gatherings with differing recollections about your ancestors, who they were, where they lived, their lives and aspirations and whether they emigrated to a new land - requiring research of archive sources.

Discover Previously Unknown Ancestors -Requiring research of archive sources.

Create a Family Tree - Based on proven vital records.

Write a Family History - Based on the above findings - Your Story!

Visit Ancestral Lands - Plan a trip during your holidays and experience firsthand your ancestor’s home land.

RESEARCH SERVICES

At Web Trace we help you discover Your Family History. We aim to provide timely and cost effective research using online resources. We can research your family surname back to the early 1800s and often further. Earlier records often through traditional archive holdings.

We access National Archive records through the major online data bases and have instant access to Birth, Marriage and Death and Census information. We find your ancestors’ addresses, occupations and places of birth and also identify other family members living together for each census period. We maintain paid subscriptions to access these archive services.

To provide a good starting point, gather as much information as possible from your family and relations. For each ancestor provide, where known, date of birth, marriage and death and also include places and occupations. Indicate approximate years where dates are unconfirmed.

We keep you informed of progress via email reports, including copies of documents located along with suggestions for further research.

Purchase of certificates is usually necessary in order to discover unknown ancestors and to provide proof of family connection.

Please be aware that family history research is reliant on available records.

Research Examples

Special Projects – Search for that elusive ancestor, work around that brick wall, locate vital records, passenger lists and addresses.
Single Surname research back to the early 1800s.
Complete Family research based on 4 grandparents’ surnames including family tree charts to your requirements.
Simply tell us what you would like to achieve.

WHAT WE DO

The Research Process

Establish Goals – What You Wish to Achieve:

How far back you wish to trace your ancestors and their families - 1800s, 1700s or possibly earlier.
Find vital records - Births, Marriages and Deaths – for the direct ancestral lines to prove family connections.
Create Your Family Tree.
Go further, look broadly at life events, to discover more about each individual, their experiences and achievements, their movements, travel or emigration, their occupations, homes and life style. This forms the substance of Your Family Story.
Include references to historical events that shaped their lives - wars, natural disasters, economic and social changes.
Locate historical maps to show where your ancestors lived and where events took place.
Gather Existing Information:

Request information from your family and relations.
Review Your Information:

Free consultation - At no cost to you we review your information and advise you of what is achievable.
Research Church and Government Records:

Births, Marriages and Deaths Registers.
Census Returns and Electoral Rolls.
Emigration Records.
Naturalisation Records,
Wills and Probate.
Military Service Files.
Government Gazettes, reports and papers.
Report on Search Results:

Regular progress reports on findings.
Supply copies of documents located - certificates, census returns and relevant historic material.
Suggestions for Further Research.