JACQUI ROSE BROCK DipFamHist
Growing up in Brisbane in the 60s and 70s, Mum and I lived with my 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. This was the beginning of my love for family history.
When I was a teenager, my Aunty Doreen and my cousin Andrea, were both interested in family history and I was amazed at the information they found from trawling through records at libraries, archives and genealogical societies.
I dabbled in genealogy off and on for many years when work and family commitments allowed, but it wasn’t until around 2005 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.
In 2017, I graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Diploma in Family History, and soon I’ll be commencing a Bachelor of Arts (History).
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.
These days, I live in the beautiful Lockyer Valley, about 20 kms from Toowoomba in Queensland, Australia. I am a member of the Toowoomba and Darling Downs Family History Society, and I volunteer at our local library providing Family History Research assistance and conducting regular workshops. I have a love of both local and family history, and was on the organising committee for our local Heritage Fair for several years.
You may be wondering why I called my business IXL Family History? I have a fondness bordering on an addiction, for IXL Jams – yes it’s true! I had heard the story that when Henry Jones founded IXL back in the 1890s in Tasmania, he was asked why he called the business IXL, his reply was “Because I excel in all that I do”. Now I wouldn’t be so cocky as to say that, but I will say that – I will strive to excel in providing you with good, honest customer service.
Please feel free to send me an email to enquire about my Family History Sampler or if there is any way I can be of assistance to you.
Jacqui Rose Brock DipFamHist
Memberships: Society of Australian Genealogists, Association of Professional Genealogists; Toowoomba and Darling Downs Family History Society; and the Richmond Tweed Family History Society.