The University of New England

Information for Participants


School of Humanities


Armidale,  NSW  2351

Telephone: (02) 6773 2300
Facsimile: (02) 6773 3748

Supervisors:   A/Prof Janis Wilton, and A/Prof John Scott

This research is being conducted to gain an insight into the growth and nature of family history in Australia as part of an MA (Hons) thesis by Leon Alekna. The following survey will help to develop a picture of who genealogists are, why they became interested in researching family history, where they conduct their research and what they hope to achieve. The results of this survey will be of interest to those organisations and individuals that provide resources for family history research as well as to genealogists and family historians themselves.

As a practising family historian or genealogist, you are invited to participate in this survey.

The survey has five sections and will take about 15 minutes to complete. Each succeeding section will be displayed once the preceding section is completed.

There are no known or anticipated risks from participating in this study. Your participation is entirely voluntary, you may decline to answer any questions you do not wish to answer, and you can withdraw from the survey at any time.

Any information you provide will be completely confidential. All data gathered will be summarised for publication and it will not be possible for any individual to be identified from the summarised information. The collected data will only be able to be accessed by the researcher and supervisors named above and will be maintained on a password protected database and archived electronically for a period of 5 years after the research has been completed and submitted.

This project has been reviewed and has received ethics clearance from the University of New England Human Research Ethics Committee (Approval No HE 09/089, Valid to 1 July 2010). If you have any comments or concerns from your participation in this study, please contact

Research Services

University of New England

Armidale, NSW 2351

Telephone (02) 6773 3449 or Facsimile (02) 6773 3543

Completion of your survey will show your consent to take part in this project.

Go to the survey.


Leon Alekna