Bobbie Edes (Queensland) started her research in the mid 1990s. She was initially told to forget about Ireland as it was all destroyed in the Dublin bombings. Instead she traced and visited elderly members of her extended family, borrowed and copied many photographs and visited local cemeteries and archives. Within a few years of beginning her genealogy addiction, Bobbie tackled some overseas archives to extend her research.

Since that point Bobbie has made numerous trips to the UK and researched in many Records Offices throughout England and Ireland. She normally makes a point of spending two full weeks in each of them and has a never ending ‘to do’ list ready for that next overseas journey. During her many weeks of full-time research at PRONI Bobbie has managed to compile a massive data base of entries notated at that establishment. She notates all entries of not only the surnames she is researching herself, but those of other genie friends that she has connected with.

Bobbie is an active volunteer at Genealogical Society of Queensland where she acts as Library Assistant and presenter as well as taking on the duties of Secretary of the club’s very popular DNA Group. Additionally, Bobbie is one of GSQ’s regular Bloggers and a member of their Writing Group.

Unlock the Past Cruises – 8th, 9th, 13th, 16th & 17th


  • Irish Research: Jump in Now – beginner
  • Irish Land Records. Beginner – intermediate
  • Preparing for your trip to UK Archives – beginner/intermediate