Dr Lesley Silvester
Lesley's a Londoner who came to Australia with her family in 1961. After a career in nursing and administration, Lesley's long-standing interest in genealogy resulted in her starting the busy genealogical firm TimeTrackers in 2000. Lesley's interests are historical and genealogical research and education. As well as working for clients, she is also heavily involved in WAGS and is a regular volunteer helping people find their families at a support centre for people who spent their childhood in care, for example some Child Migrants.
In her later life Lesley took to tertiary studies with gusto: she gained a BA (Archaeology) from the University of Sydney, a Graduate Diploma in Cultural History from Curtin University (WA), an MA and most recently a PhD in Medieval and Early Modern Studies from the University of Western Australia. Her theses for both her MA and PhD both heavily relied on genealogical methods to address specific historical issues. Her PhD thesis was a longitudinal study of the poor of Norwich in the 16th Century and encompassed issues of kinship, demography and survival strategies of the desperately poor..
Mike's interest in genealogy started in 1989, sparked by the sudden death of his mother and the realisation that she was the font of all family knowledge, which had now gone. Mike resolved to find out more about the family's roots, and has been successful in tracing his mother's side in Ireland for many generations and the Murray family's Scottish roots back to the 1600s. Like many of us, the quest for his family roots aroused his passion for genealogy and history.
After retiring from a career in industry and international consultancy, Mike joined his wife Lesley in running TimeTrackers. Mike has had many speaking and educational engagements on a variety of genealogical topics, and is heavily involved with the WA Genealogical Society (WAGS), and, with Lesley, convenes the London and South England Special Interest Group. Mike's engaging presentation and teaching style stems from his successful consulting background and passion for his subjects..
TimeTrackers specialises in British and Australian research, education, publishing, film-making and DNA advice. TimeTrackers has helped thousands of clients across Australia and in the UK, New Zealand, USA and a smattering of other countries since Lesley started it in 2000.
The exciting growth in autosomal DNA testing has stimulated many more people to try and trace ancestors and find living relatives. TimeTrackers is helping make this happen.
Mike and Lesley
Lesley is a member of APG, the Association of Professional Genealogists. Both Lesley and Mike comply with the APG Code of Ethics.