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 until recently I worked at the Society of Australian Genealogists as the Education Officer and the Archives Officer. I have university degrees in archaeology, town planning, environmental studies and history.

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. Most 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 currently operate four websites. This one, Generations Genealogy, is where I post about how to research family history. Information and stories about my family can be viewed at Rustenivy – A History of An Australian Family. I am the convenor of two groups for the Society of Australian Genealogists and manage a website for each of them – the Caribbean Genealogy Research Group and the Legacy Software Users Group.