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Julie Walles (New Zealand Researcher) New Zealand

Julie’s interest in genealogy began on a personal level, having been a child adopted out in the 1960s in the UK and began looking into finding her birth parents in the 1980s.  She says “It wasn’t as easy as it is these days to hop online and look up BMD indexes.  Everything was manual using microfilms at libraries.  We are so fortunate with the resources we have available online these days which is forever expanding”.

Julie’ first dab at genealogy was when she found herself working on a family project for her son’s paternal line almost 20 years ago.  It was from this project, Julie’s passion for genealogy really grew.  The stories of mystery and intrigue, as well as adventures and even scandals she had read about while working on this family were fascinating but at times they weren’t always good times to read about.  Julie says “I have developed a strong respect for our ancestors who worked hard, in hard times and sometimes in shocking conditions, even cruel and senseless conditions at times. 

Julie has been living in New Zealand since 1972 and is now a professional genealogist people can depend on.  As with some estate research work there will not always be someone found because there isn’t anyone to find.  But Julie doesn’t close a case until she has covered every possibility and maintains a high standard for thorough investigative research.  Over the past 2 years she has successfully solved a number of estate cases while doing freelance work for ERI New Zealand on their cold cases.  In her spare time, if she hasn’t got her nose stuck on the computer researching a case, Julie assists her husband with their fishing charter business that is based on the Kaipara Harbour in New Zealand – not doing on-the-boat work, just the paper work.  She doesn’t have very good sea legs for where they need to go to catch the fish!

Julie has been a member of the NZ Society of Genealogists and a member of the Society of Genealogists UK for a number of years now, as well as belonging to many other smaller organisations that focus on maintaining their own local and family historical records.  Julies most recent membership is with the Heir Hunters Association in the UK where she solved her first estate case for them within a matter of weeks as she is looking forward to working with them on estate cases and as a New Zealand agent.

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