Fiona Brooker

When I tell people that I am a genealogist, one of the first questions is how far back have you got? For me it’s not how far back I have got, but what I have discovered about my family and the connections; like the moment of touching the document that my five x great grandparents had signed in the early 1800’s.

Memories in Time grew from my desire to help others trace their family history. As a professional genealogist I can help you to get started, to progress your research and get through road blocks. I love digging in records and finding the little details that add to the understanding of our ancestors and help to put them in their place and time. The use of DNA in family history has given us a new tool to work with in understanding our families. 

While living in England, I studied with the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies and obtained a Higher Certificate in Genealogy. I’m a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. I have served as both President and Treasurer of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists (NZSG) and convened the 2008 and 2018 national conferences. I am part of the team that organises the Christchurch Family History Expo.

With a background in adult education, I teach family history, skills to publish your family history and digital scrapbooking both in person and online. In the last 12 months I have been part of Family History Fridays with Ancestry Australia (with Michelle Patient) and presented at Rootstech Connect 2022. More information about the Workshops and Presentations I offer can be found on my website.

And if you really want to know, I can trace my family tree back to the mid-17th century. Finding out about my bigamist great, great, grandmother… that’s another story.

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Twitter: @fiona_memories