About me


Growing up in Brisbane in the 60s and 70s, Mum and I lived with mum’s eldest sister, Carmel. Aunty Carmel had a great collection of old family photographs and an old family Bible, and I recall dragging them out of the “hot water cupboard” on rainy days and school holidays and soaking up the images and the stories of the people in them.  I was also greatly influenced by my cousin Andrea, and my mother’s cousin “Aunty Doreen” both amazing family historians.

I dabbled in genealogy off and on for many years when work and family commitments permitted, but it wasn’t until around 18 years ago that I finally started researching seriously – and what a time to get started.  Every single day, more information becomes available on-line, and on-line courses are being offered in all aspects of history and genealogy. Don’t get me wrong, there is still a wealth of information that has not yet been digitised, and may never be – its all a matter of knowing where to look.

In 2017, I graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Diploma in Family History.grad2

After attaining the Diploma in Family History, I founded IXL Family History with a goal to help others get started on this amazing road of discovery, or perhaps “give them a jump-start” when they need some help knocking down those brick walls, or dead ends.

I have lived in the beautiful Lockyer Valley, about 20 kms from Toowoomba in Queensland, Australia, for around 15 years. Pre-2020, (we all know what happened then), I received a RADF Grant (Regional Arts Development Fund) to give monthly presentations on family history at two of our local libraries.  I did this for around 18 months and worked as a volunteer at the libraries providing one-on-one assistance with family history.  These days, I volunteer most Tuesdays at the Toowoomba and Darling Downs Family History Society’s HQ in South St, Toowoomba. I am the lead administrator for two facebook pages: Helidon and Surrounds Family and Local History and the Toowoomba and Darling Downs Family History Society’s facebook group, and I also own and admin the Family History and Genealogy Buy, Swap, Sell facebook page… and on top of all that I still hold down a job seven days a fortnight.

Jacqui Rose Brock DipFamHist
Email: ixlfamilyhistory@gmail.com

Memberships:  Toowoomba and Darling Downs Family History Society, Genealogical Society of Queensland,  and Society of Australian Genealogists.  Committee member – History Queensland.