Webster 120Judy Webster (Queensland)
Judy Webster grew up on a grazing property near Cunnamulla in south-west Queensland, and she became interested in family history when she heard her father and uncle talking about their eccentric aunt.

Judy has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Technology) and a Graduate Diploma in Local and Applied History. In 2001 she received the Queensland Family History Society’s Award for Services to Family History. For 30 years she has had her own part-time business as a professional genealogy researcher and indexer. She particularly enjoys tracing living descendants and working with unusual and neglected Queensland State Archives records that are superb for overcoming ‘brick walls’ in genealogy. Many of the research strategies that she uses in Queensland will also work in other regions.

Judy’s website has more than 120 pages with free advice on sources and techniques for family history, and the names of 53,000 local, interstate and overseas residents mentioned in Queensland’s historical records. She also uses her social media pages to share tips for genealogy.

Her publications include various indexes, mini-guides and magazine articles, and the books Tips for Queensland research and Specialist indexes in Australia: a genealogist’s guide.

Judy has given family history presentations at many city and country locations in Queensland, NSW and Western Australia. She was an invited speaker at the 2009 Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry (in New Zealand) and the 2011 NSW and ACT State Conference.

Judy is the founder and coordinator of the award-winning ‘Genealogists for Families’ project, in which family historians worldwide are helping less fortunate families through micro-lending with Kiva.

Website: www.judywebster.com.au

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