Every ancestor is a story…
Hello. I’m Dr Kristy Love (formerly Davidson).
I’m the owner and lead researcher at Family History Agency in Naarm (Melbourne), Australia.
As a child, large chunks of my family history were a complete mystery. My maternal grandfather did not know his parents. He didn’t even know their names!
What to do?
I studied and worked hard! Eventually I got myself an Honours Degree in Psychology and a PhD in Creative Writing from Victoria University (Australia). And I’ve spent more than half my life (over two decades’ worth!) working in university research management. It means I have a knack for delving deep into archives, solving complex problems and then writing about them in a way that is easy to understand.
What did I find?
Through long hard research, using DNA test results and traditional genealogy, plus some good old sleuthing, I’ve now seen photos of my grandfather’s half-brothers and have spoken to their children. I also uncovered the tragic story of their grandmother and found her lengthy prison record. Sixty-four convictions in a nine-year period. Her main crime? Sadly, it was being poor. My great-great grandmother did whatever she could to survive.
What else do I do?
I’m a member of the Chinese Australian Family Historians of Victoria (CAFHOV). They’re a wealth of knowledge for people like me who have Chinese Australian ancestry. I assist with their social media outreach. Check out their Facebook page!
I was also part of the award-winning team behind the Victorian CEDT Index project. Many thanks to Dr Sophie Couchman and Terry Young, the project leaders, for having me on board.
I have previously volunteered with the Genealogical Society of Victoria and helped out with their Family History Matters blog.
I’ve also done some pro bono work helping people to make sense of their DNA test results and teaching them the research skills needed to create their family trees.
In addition to all that, in 2021, I completed a short course in ‘Chinese Ancestry: Research Methods and Sources’ run by the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. I’m also doing the Certificate of Genealogical Studies through the Society of Australian Genealogists, and continue to hone my skills by soaking up as much information about genetic genealogy that my DNA can handle.
There’s a book in the works too. It’s about my great-great grandmother and her younger sister and their so-called legal and moral crimes.
So what’s the upshot?
I’ve done the hard yards in study so that you don’t have to! I get a kick out of solving mysteries, so drop me a line on my contact page. Let’s have a chat about how I can help you.
And just so we’re clear, I don’t track down missing people, or deal with law enforcement cases of any description.
A couple of my lovely friends have helped me get this site online. Thanks to Meg Copp for the Family History Agency door images and icon, and to Adam Bell for the webpage tutorial. You two are great! x
Family History Agency is supported by New Business Assistance with NEIS, an Australian Government initiative.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
Family History Agency acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of Country throughout Australia and acknowledges their continuing connection to land, sea and community. I pay my respects to the people, their cultures and Elders past, present and emerging.
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