My name is Danielle Lautrec. I am a genealogy educator and researcher living in Sydney Australia.

I love genealogy, history, research and problem solving – and I love to help others with it too!

I have been an archaeologist, a town planner and a policy advisor. I operate Generations Genealogy and also work as the Education Officer at the Society of Australian Genealogists. I plan and manage the Society’s events program, give lectures and assist people with their research.

My background in Australian history, archaeology and town planning provides me with an ideal combination of skills that helps to put the family into historical perspective. I love everything genealogical, but my particular interests are local and social history, convicts, early Sydney, improving the research process and sharing family history.

My family origins are a mixture of English, Scottish, Irish, German, Prussian, Swiss, French and Chinese. They all arrived in Australia before 1860, including seven on the First and Second Fleets. Given these early arrivals, it’s highly likely that I have Aboriginal origins as well. All of my families settled in New South Wales or Tasmania.

I am a member of the Society of Australian Genealogists, the Royal Australian Historical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists. I have university degrees in archaeology, town planning and environmental studies. I am currently undertaking the Graduate Diploma in Local Family and Applied History at the University of New England, and the certificate course of the Society of Australian Genealogists.