Carole Riley

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!

Topics

  • Australian Government and Police Gazettes - Government and Police Gazettes can not only help you find the detail of the lives of your ancestors; they can also help you solve those puzzles.Government Gazettes contain details of laws and regulations that affected the general population, land...
  • Blogs for Family Historians - A blog is a website for letting people know what you’re doing and what you’ve found, and can be an effective way to locate other family researchers. In this session you will learn about blogs – what they are, what they are for, how to find them, how...
  • Create your own website - It is relatively easy to create your own website, either by using free blogging websites such as Blogger and Wordpress, or by using the software provided with most hosting plans. and the data created by your family tree program. You can write...
  • Facebook for Family Historians - Facebook helps people to connect and share information and the news of daily life with each other on the internet. It can help you to find and build lasting relationships with distant family members and reconnect with old school friends.  This...
  • Facebook Start-up - Facebook helps people to connect and share information and the news of daily life with each other on the internet. It can help you to find and build lasting relationships with distant family members and reconnect with old school friends.  This...
  • Introduction to Australian and New Zealand Land Records - Land research can tell us so much about how our ancestors lived and worked. It can help us find out the truth about stories we’ve heard, and can give us a much richer picture of our ancestors’ social and economic position. If they owned a house,...
  • Researching NSW Land - The NSW Lands Department holds many documents of interest to family historians, and many of them are available online. This talk will demonstrate the search for land titles, deeds, maps, plans and other documents by using the Lands Department...
  • Sharing Photos on the Web - There are a growing number of websites that allow you to share your photos with others without having to email them directly. You can make your photos public or share them securely with selected people. You can also find the pictures shared by...
  • Social Media for Family Historians - Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, blogs, what does it all mean? Is it a waste of time? Is it safe? This talk will provide some answers.This talk gives a broad overview of social networking sites:definition and description of social networkingthe...
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