My name is Liliana Van Heel, and I'm passionate about connecting
the past to the present through the lens of family history.
I am a qualified genealogist with a Diploma of Family History from the University of Tasmania.
Although based in Australia, I have access to a worldwide range of records and specialise in (but not limited to) Australian history (specifically immigration, convict history and the Australian WWI experience) and Scottish genealogy from the 14th to the 19th century, with an emphasis on Jacobitism and immigration.
I became a genealogist and family historian because I feel it is so important to honour those who have come before us. Remembering our ancestors is one of the greatest gifts we can give both them and ourselves.
Every family has their own unique history and traditions, I hope that I can help you discover the many amazing stories I'm sure your family tree has to offer.
I hold a Diploma of Family History from the University of Tasmania (Utas) and studied a wide range of subjects.
Throughout studying the Diploma I received consistently positive feedback from the teaching team on my strong research skills, attention to
detail and precise referencing.
Some of the subjects the Diploma of Family History covered are:
-Australian convict history (1788-1868)
- WWI military research, with an emphasis on the experiences of Australian soldiers, sailors and nurses.
- Writing family history - presenting genealogical research in compelling, true to life essays and narratives.
- Immigration to Australia from a diverse range of countries during the late 18th to the 20th century
- Oral History - conducting, recording and transcribing ethical and comprehensive oral history interviews.
To continue my professional development, I am returning to the University of Tasmania in July 2023 to study a Bachelor of Arts Degree,
majoring in History. My Diploma of Family History contributes to a third of the degree already.
I will be studying a broad range of subjects including (but not limited to):
- World globalisation from the 18th to the 20th century
- Indigenous Australian history, led by Palawa (Indigenous Tasmanian) perspectives.
- Ancient Europe and Britain
-Medieval Europe and Britain
- The mythology and history of Greece and Rome.
- The history of gender norms and how they influence current and past laws and discrimination.