About Us




A little bit of info about the Genies Down Under website

The Genies Down Under website, with matching podcast, was created to assist any genealogist who has an interest in family history with an Australian connection. We aim to provide you with these bits and pieces to help you on your way:

  • Tips: helpful hints to help you to make your family history research more enjoyable and successful
  • Tools: resources and ideas to use in your family history research
  • Tricks: nifty little ideas to make your research quicker and more interesting
  • Traps: common mistakes to avoid to save you time and money
  • Stories: plenty of inspiring, strange and funny tales about our ancestors from bygone days

If you have any comments or suggestions about this website or the podcast, please email geniesdownunder@gmail.com

Your host

Your host, Maria Northcote, is an amateur genealogist who has been researching her family's history since 1990. Her research has taken her to various places in Australia, Ireland and England so far. After experiencing many successes and making a fair share of mistakes along the way, Maria will guide you through many tips, tricks and tools she has used to help you research your own family history. Based on her more than 20 years of experience in family history research, she'll warn you about various traps for genealogists to help you save time and money along your journey.

Read about Maria's family history research

Find out more about Maria's own family history research at her blog, Wishful Linking Family History Blog.

Check out her published story about some of the women in her family, M is for Mother and M is for Margaret, in the May 2010 (Volume 18, Issue 5, pages 16-19) edition of the Australian Family Tree Connections magazine.

Check out the front cover of the September 2011 issue of the Australian Family Tree Connections magazine for a photo of Maria's paternal grandmother in 1895.

Read and listen to Maria's tips for using the Shape Collage Tool, which were featured in Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems podcast, Episode 88.

Read Maria's blog entry to Lisa Louise Cooke's blog in March 2011.

What do others have to say about Genies Down Under?

Read customer reviews on iTunes.

Read what Kylie Willison has to say about Genies Down Under on her Genealogy – Arts – Tech Blog

Link to Genies Down Under on Cyndi's List, listed under the Podcasts for Genealogy section.

Thanks to Pauleen of the Family History Across the Seas blog, for her mention of Genies Down Under.

©2011 Genies Down Under