Rosemary KopittkeRosemary has been tracing her family history since 1985 – in Australia, England, Scotland and Ireland. A statistician by training, she has worked in that field as an hydrologist, teacher, and biometrician. Her tertiary qualifications include a BSc (Mathematics) and BA (Computer Science) both from the University of Queensland and the Diploma of Family History from the University of Tasmania. She currently works as a consultant for Gould Genealogy & History and is regularly invited to speak at family history events.

She has published numerous indexes to cemeteries and government records though is probably best known for her work with husband Eric on the Emigrants from Hamburg to Australasia 1850–1879 publication. She is editor of Unlock the Past publications and author and contributor to a number of these – see under Publications below.

She served as the Queensland member of the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations Council (2009 to 2013) and on the Queensland FHS Management Committee for 21 years. Rosemary is a Fellow of the Queensland Family History Society and in 2006 received the AFFHO Award for Meritorious Services to Family History.

Unlock the Past Cruises – 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th & 17th cruises



  • Emigrants from Hamburg to Australasia 1850-1879
  • Which genealogy program?

  • The new gateway to the world collection

  • ScotlandsPeople: the place to launch your Scottish research

  • So your ancestor was a Baptist in Queensland!
  • History & genealogy 2011: Australia & New Zealand (joint editor)
  • Queensland’s founding families: biographies of families living in Queensland prior to separation from New South Wales (chief editor)
  • Getting started with Family Historian 6
  • MyHeritage … my story
  • Handy Guide: MyHeritage discover, share and preserve your family history
  • Handy Guide: ScotlandsPeople: A Treasure Trove for Family Historians


  • What does it offer?
  • Australian church records: who, when, and where
  • Australian government, police & education gazettes
  • Beyond just indexes – NEW
  • Connecting with family lines online
  • Directories and almanacs
  • Electoral rolls: tips and traps  -NEW
  • Family Photo Book
  • Family Historian: an introduction
  • Findmypast: the World Collection
  • Findmypast Australasia
  • Genes Reunited: family trees and historic records
  • Getting the most out of Google
  • Is your family tree bullet proof? – NEW 2019
  • MyHeritage
  • Online newspapers: finding out what happened in the “dash”
  • Scotland: Land and taxes
  • ScotlandsPeople: the place to launch your Scottish research
  • The findmypast suite – UK, Ireland, Australasia and USA – an overview
  • what’s the difference?
  • Tracing your ancestors in England: an overview of basic resources
  • Tracing your ancestors in Scotland: an overview of basic resources