Date 11th June, 2011
Name Cassie Mercer
Are you a Hobbyist or Professional Genealogist? Hobbyist
What is your day job? Editor of Inside History magazine
How long have you been chasing ancestors? Since 1998
How did you get hooked on genealogy? I was well and truly hooked when my mum told me that one of our Irish ancestors, Edward Turley, was a highwayman in Dublin. His grandson was Harry Readford, aka Captain Starlight, who became notorious in outback Australia for his highway-thieving antics as well.
What are your areas of Expertise in Genealogy?
Since 2010 I have edited and co-published Inside History magazine, which is a bi-monthly magazine focused on genealogy, history and heritage in Australia and New Zealand (see http://www.insidehistory.com.au/)
What are the lands of your ancestors? Ireland, Scotland, England, Denmark
What Family Names are you Researching? Turley, Maher, Gullidge, Sweatman, Perry, Futcher, Battle
Who is your favourite ancestor? Why? I can't go past my g.g.g.g.g grandmother, Jane Maher, because she showed to me that she was pretty savvy and resilient. In Dublin she ran a brothel, then when she was transported for receiving stolen goods, she managed to survive the journey to Sydney on one of the most brutal convict ships of the 1790s, the Britannia. Once in Sydney she applied for and was granted a baker's licence at the Rocks, and ran it for a number of years.
What ancestral city or town would you like to visit? Why? I've never been to Denmark, and I would like to visit to find out more about my family tree on my paternal grandmother's side
What is your favourite resource for genealogy? Irish newspapers published in the late 1790s. They've been a goldmine for our Irish research.
Do you keep your genealogy files on paper? Yes
Do you keep your genealogy files on a computer? Yes
What genealogy software do you use to record your family tree?
Do you have your tree posted on the internet? No
What Social Networking Sites do you use for genealogy? Ancestry, Facebook, Genes Reunited, LinkedIn, Twitter
Do you have a blog? Yes
What are your blogs' URLs? http://insidehistorymagazine.blogspot.com/