Scientist by education, a computer nerd/geek, genealogist, public speaker and DNA enthusiast Australian Michelle Patient has had a life-long interest in family stories, facts and data. Born in Manly, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, she grew up with an elderly grandmother whose stories, photographs and other family treasures started her interest. In 1989, looking for her English half-sister led Michelle to becoming an in-depth family history researcher since 1999, and in 2005 reconnected her mother with her birth family. Adding DNA research to her genealogy tool kit has greatly changed Michelle’s research, revealed a few skeletons and broken down many brick walls.
Member of Society of Australian Genealogists, the New Zealand Society of Genealogists, the Society of Genealogists (UK), the Guild of One-Name Studies and the International Society of Genetic Genealogists.
Michelle has spoken at various events in England (WDYTYA Live 2017, GOONS conference 2017 and Exodus 2013), around Australia (including AFFHO Congress 2018) and New Zealand.
Currently employed speaking to community groups about various aspects of family history and helps adoptees and children of adoptees who want to know more about their roots.
The lives of transported ancestors were often kept hidden from both those left behind and the transportee’s descendants. The 1976 publication of Alex Haley’s drama Roots in America and the 1988 Bi-centennial Anniversary of European settlement in Australia, opened the door to this history and for many the “convict stain” transformed into a mark of […]