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For our mother’s 90th birthday, my sister and I asked Lyn to research a part of my mother’s family tree that we knew very little about.  Lyn did a wonderful job. Her research was thorough and engaged, and her report informative and beautifully presented.  She kept me up-to-date throughout the process and responded quickly and thoughtfully to my emails and queries.  We are delighted with the final product and a big piece of our family history has now been filled in.  I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Lyn and, in fact, we have another assignment for her when she’s available! Thank you Lyn.

Deborah S.

Camperdown, November 2019

We hired Lyn to do some research on an Irish ancestor who came out to Australia. I have done many searches and come up empty handed so was very pleased that she was able to find information for us. In addition to this she compiled all the information in a report which not only summarized everything she’d done, but gave the sites she found the information and the links where possible. She also gave us some ideas for continuing our research on our own and responded quickly to any questions I had as follow up. I would highly recommend Lyn and plan to use her again in the future myself.

Dianne O.

Seattle, Washington. November 2019

Lyn has provided me with excellent and professional help in researching family history. It is such an open ended task so I appreciated that she told me clearly upfront what she would do and what the cost would be. She delivered and I am very happy with the information and the way she presented it. So clear. I will do more phases with her help. I highly recommend her.

Elizabeth Stewart

August 2019

Thank you for your wonderful work. I am very pleased with what you have been able to find, and your report was amazing. Thank you.

Emma L.

New Zealand. May 2019

Your Path to the Past provided us with an incredibly detailed report on the life and family history of my grandmother, whom I never met as she died when my mother was a teenager. Going on very little information, Lyn compiled a comprehensive 17-page report in a short timeframe that I was able to provide to my mother as a gift.  My mum was absolutely stunned and impressed by the report and details about her mother and family history - an amazing gift she will cherish forever and share with her 4 siblings and family.

Monica B

Apr 2019

Thank you for your wonderful report.   What a great job you have done.

Ian H

Sept 2018

We sought help from Lyn to find my grandfather’s/father’s biological mother. Words cannot express how grateful and overwhelmed we are by what Lyn was able to achieve. She provided newspaper clippings, photos and even visited the cemetery for us. Lyn is extremely helpful and extremely efficient. She has an absolute passion for the work she does. We cannot thank her enough. If anyone needs help to discover their past I would highly recommend Lyn. 

Amanda and Ann

Bankstown NSW June 2018

All my family members are overjoyed to have written documents by which they are able to navigate their pathway to the past. Many have indicated they will continue to add to the documents, so they may be handed on to future generations.

Lyn was able to find out much more than bare facts of my ancestors. For example, she was able to find anecdotes of events in their lives, photographs of some of them,  photographs of ships on which they travelled to Australia and details of Australian Government and Church programs which brought them to Australia. Consequently both she and I came to know my forebears as real people.

I would recommend Lyn's services to anyone who would like professional help in discovering their pathway to the past.

Ruth B

East Maitland NSW Feb 2018

Following visits by some of our family to the WW1 French Western Front, and to the site of The Battle of Fromelles 1917 in which a relative, William Bruce Higgins, was a casualty and whose burial site was not discovered till 2008, and whose remains were identified by DNA testing, it was decided that our family needed to know more of his earlier life and war record. It should be mentioned that his Parents and siblings went to their graves knowing only that he had lost his life in battle but with no further information despite years of trying to uncover the detail. A few of us were able to gather some of the more important points of his life but we were not able to fill in the detail gaps until Lyn Hancock came onto the scene with an offer to research those details for us.

After a few months of well organised research Lyn was able to find the answers to the gaps through thorough research of records of Government, Local Council, Births Deaths and Marriage Registrations, Newspaper research, Church documents etc. Our Family thank Lyn for her wonderful work in researching, sorting and documenting in detail the information, and also for having the ability to open those “doors“ which were unknown to us, but hid some valuable information. Well done Lyn.

Ken and Bruce Higgins

Gloucester, NSW and Mackay, Qld

Lyn has worked on two family history projects for me over the past few years.   

One project was a sheet including photos and information on several generations on both sides of my husband’s and my families.  I had this sheet copied and framed as Christmas presents for our children and grandchildren.  The prints gave the grandchildren, in particular, knowledge of who their forebears were and where they came from and were much appreciated as it’s not always easy for children to realise that their family comes from all over the world.   Lyn was very competent on the computer and extremely patient as we discussed the format and changed details until I was satisfied with the layout and that details were correct.

The second project was the compilation of a detailed history of my family as I was travelling to England and Scotland and planned to search for the places my ancestors came from.    Lyn was able to use her various sources to trace my forebears back hundreds of years and the information found formed the basis of my travel plans.  The history was presented in an easy-to-read (and understand) format and I was able to add more “flesh” to the list of names, places and dates on the pages as I travelled around seeing where they had lived and worked.

With time, effort and expense I may have found some of this information for myself but the task was daunting and I feel that it was worth passing the job over to Lyn to use her knowledge and experience to compile my family history.  I wish her all the best in her new venture.

Terry

Stratford NSW

The family history research undertaken for us by Lyn and Alan was conceived as a gift to a parent.  Lyn and Alan were very helpful and we were surprised  at some of the information uncovered.  It was a well presented report and very much appreciated by the recipient.

J.C.

Lorn, NSW

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