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Helen Smith

Helen has been researching her family since 1986 when her Mother lamented the fact she had never known her Grandfather, George Howard Busby. Helen found some information and a newspaper photo of him, was hooked and has been addicted ever since with research in Australia, England and Ireland.

She is researching the surname Quested anywhere, anytime and has registered the name with the Guild of One-Name Studies.

She is the author of Death Certificates and Archaic Medical Terms and has written for a number of publications including 'Inside History', 'Australian Family Tree Connections', Forgoten Times, other family history journals as well as scientific publications. She is the author of a number of blogs which can be accessed via http://helenvsmithresearch.blogspot.com.au/ and you can follow her on Twitter @HVSresearch

Helen has spoken to a wide variety of audiences nationally and internationally including Genealogical Society of Queensland Day Conferences, Library Technician Conference, Unlock the Past March and November 2011 Cruises, Unlock the Past Expos and Roadshow and numerous family history society meetings. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speakers Guild. Helen is President of Southern Suburbs Branch of the Genealogical Society of Queensland.

Professionally, she is a Molecular Epidemiologist specialising in Public Health Microbiology and has a strong interest in infectious diseases and Public Health through the ages.

She has a Graduate Diploma in Public Health, Bachelor Applied Science: Medical Laboratory Science and Associate Diploma in Clinical Laboratory Techniques. She is currently studying the National Institute of Genealogical Studies: English Certificate.


  • Genealogical Society of Queensland
  • Queensland Family History Society
  • Oxfordshire Family History Society
  • Kent Family History Society
  • Genealogical Society of Victoria
  • Guild of One Name Studies (registered name Quested) and is the Queensland Regional Representative for the Guild
  • Association of Professional Genalogists
  • Genealogical Speakers Guild