Fiona Brooker

Professional Genealogist

Fiona Brooker  (New Zealand) Memories in Time

Fiona’s passion is to help you research and discover Yesterday’s Moments through your family history, stories, DNA and photographs and preserve and create Tomorrow’s Memories for future generations.

With a background in adult education, Fiona has taught family history and digital scrapbooking for over twenty five years. “There’s nothing better than getting someone else addicted to the hunt for their ancestors”.

Her own family history addiction started over 35 years ago with two 19th century marriage certificates taking her research into New Zealand, Australia, North America and the United Kingdom. Now DNA, combined with research, is breaking down her brick walls and helping to make connections with new family members.

While living in England, Fiona studied with the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies and obtained a Higher Certificate in Genealogy. She’s a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and has served as both President and Treasurer of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists (NZSG) and convened the 2008 and 2018 national conferences.

Strong family connections form as one generation shares their stories and memories with the next. Memories in Time offer services and products encouraging the research and recording of our past and fostering of those connections for the future.


Fiona’s talk – Sydney


The magic of DNA – Just like in a magic show there’s that moment of anticipation that they magic trick will be spectacular, or is it trepidation that things might all go wrong. Waiting for your DNA results is a similar feeling.

Take a tube or a swab and the whole world can open up to you. Solve mysteries, break through brick walls, find cousins that you never knew about and find out where your ancestors came from long ago.

This presentation is an overview of DNA and its use by family historians and will cover the Why, How and What of DNA. Why you would do a DNA test; How DNA works for family history; What you can expect from your results and what to do next.