Carole Riley is a professional genealogist based in Sydney, Australia and specialises in land and property research. She has a background in computer applications and an interest in using the web to further genealogical education and networking. She is the author of Land Research for Family Historians in Australia and New Zealand and Social Media for Family Historians, both Unlock The Past publications. She writes four blogs - Genealogy in New South Wales about genealogy research in NSW and elsewhere; Social Media and Genealogy about blogging and social network sites such as Facebook; Fiji Genealogy about resources for Fijian family history; and Carole's Canvas, which is her personal blog about her own family history and other topics. She also manages five Facebook pages and five Twitter accounts.
Carole serves as a Vice President of the Society of Australian Genealogists and is the Honorary Editor of its journal, Descent. She is the founder of the Sydney User Group of The Master Genealogist (TMG) and has served as a Director of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She has a Diploma of Family Historical Studies from the Society of Australian Genealogists; a Master of Applied Science (Psychology of Coaching) and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Sydney, and a Diploma of Professional Counselling.
Carole grew up in Dubbo in the Central West of New South Wales. Her mother's family were farmers and graziers from the Blayney area, descended from Irish and English immigrants; and professionals from Albury and New Zealand, descended from Scots. Her father is a part-European Fijian, descended from English, Irish and American sailors and runaways, and their native Fijian wives. This combination of nationalities and cultures has provided a varied and interesting genealogical background, and almost unlimited research opportunities!