This resource page is continually growing and we welcome any contributions. Please note that Life Stories Australia does not endorse any product or service. This list has been compiled in no particular order and is purely for information.

Storyical Podcasts by Peta Roberts

Storyical inspires you to turn your stories into life histories. Find out what works by life story professionals (including from our members Paul English and Gillian Ednie) who share practical advice for you to capture your life story. Take encouragement from ordinary people who talk about how they started recording their life histories and have extraordinary results. Reviews of books, apps, websites for life story. Hosted by Peta Roberts

Pat McNees on writing and editing as a career. Here is a great resource for writers and editors


The Institute of Professional Editors Limited (IPEd), Australia

Association to advance the profession of editing, by planning and implementing activities that support its members.  IPEd has a database for qualified editors.

Style Manual. For authors, editors and printers, 6th editing. Revised by Snooks & Co. and compiled by IPEd.  Considered the bible for editing in Australia. Available online by various book sellers.


Introduction to Family History Course and other great courses in various aspects of family history
These are free to for many on-line students
University of Tasmania, Australia.

Local, Family and Applied History
University of New England, NSW, Australia

Online Genealogy Courses
Pharos Teaching & Tutoring Limited United Kingdom
Family History Research

Society of Australia Genealogists
Sydney NSW
Courses available

My Heritage has recently streamlined their resources for full members, adding extra facilities –

University of Glasgow runs a free 6 week on-line course in Family History Research via FutureLearn –

Life Stories Workshop. Patti Miller is Australia’s recognised memoir writing expert. She runs courses online and in person. Patti has several books which serve as a guide to writing memoirs. ‘Writing True Stories’ is considered the bible of memoir writing.

Denis Ledoux, a former APH founding member – The Memoir Network provides many free classes, on-line courses and a free newsletter

The Write Life – a group of writers post on-line articles and classes

The Australian Writers Centre provides different writing courses and classes –

Researching History, Family Trees and Genealogy


Inside History – an online monthly magazine written by Australians for Australians

Family History Associations in each state, plus local associations in your location.

Gould Family History – Australia’s leading family & local history store, books, Data CDs, software, charts, heritage scrapbooking, military and more.

National Trust of Australia – has a head office in each state and invaluable for learning the history of local landmarks and buildings

Trove – Australia’s on-line archive resource of newspapers from each state and national publications

National Archive of Australia – or

Cyndi’s List is the most useful research tool, contains shipping lists, immigration information and much, much more

Find My Past has the best records for the UK and Ireland, weekly newsletter and offers free specials from time to time (great if you don’t pay to become a member).

Ancestry, the world’s largest genealogy resource, has a free service available via libraries and also at all Church of Latter Day Saints family history centres –

My Heritage has recently streamlined their resources for full members, adding extra facilities

State Library NSW Australia

National Library of Australia
Family History, Research tools and Resources

Australia Government
Government information and resources to research Australian family histories

Society of Australian Genealogists
Family Research Resources
Sydney. NSW

Genealogy SA
Leading Resource for South Australian family history information

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Genealogy Records
Ancestor Searching. Find your Family History

Online Family History Services. Lots of great links on this website

Business Skills

Bernadette Jiwa ‘The Story of Telling’ daily marketing/PR tip email

Small Business WA offers on-line courses in the skills needed to start and run your small business

Flying Solo covers all aspects of working for yourself in your own small business –

Smart Company offers excellent articles about all aspects of Australian business

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