I hold a Diploma in Family Historical Studies (1993) and have carried out extensive genealogical and military research both before and since then. I am a member of the Australasian Society of Genealogists and Record Agents and hence bound by its Code of Ethics, and am also a member of the following organisations:
- Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra
- The Military Historical Society of Australia
- Society of Australian Genealogists
For German-speaking enquirers it may be helpful to know that I am able to speak and write in German.
I have easy access to the following institutions and am familiar with their holdings:
- The National Library of Australia - this has an extensive holding of newspapers, indices for births, deaths and marriages, electoral rolls, directories, convict records and musters, diaries, books and a great deal more for all Australian states.
- The National Archives of Australia - this holds all Commonwealth Government records since approximately 1903 incl. shipping records, lists of immigrants, naturalization records (some dating back to last century), etc. It also holds records for Papua/New Guinea up until the Territory's independence and for some Pacific islands.
- The Australian War Memorial - this holds a tremendous amount of military, naval and air force material, books, unit war diaries, rolls of honour, recommendations for honours and awards, photographs and much else for both World Wars I and II. It is possible to follow the actions of individual units on a day to day basis.
As well there is material about Australian participation in Borneo, Korea and Vietnam and reaching back in time for the war in South Africa. There is also limited material about the war in the Sudan and a very small amount relating to the Maori Wars in New Zealand.
- The Library of the Heraldry and Genealogy Society of Canberra - this holds diverse and extensive material on the subjects of Heraldry and Genealogy including numerous cemetery transcriptions.
- Noel Butlin Archives - this holds a collection of primary source material relating to business and labour, i.e. industrial organisations, businesses, professional associations, industry bodies and the labour movement.
My fees cover research time, collating the information obtained and reporting to you. Disbursements such as photocopying, certificates, phone calls other than local, etc. are charged at cost. There is no charge for time spent in travel.
I am happy to provide an obligation free response to any enquiry.
I am also pleased to take enquiries about the following books:
- "Mary Main and her Descendants - the Biography of a Family", 180 pages incl. references and notes, family trees and 11 illustrations, Jean Main, 1993.
- "William Findlay Main - a Presbyterian Life of Faith, 1832-1906", 59 pages incl. references and notes, Jean Main, 1994.
- "The Barque 'John' - A Voyage to the Land of Hope - Gravesend to Adelaide 1839-1840", 73 pages incl. list of passengers and Index, transcribed and annotated by Jean Main, 1994.
- "A Fragment of History - the Life of Brig. John Walter Main, C.B.E., E.D., 1900-1971", 38 pages incl. Index and 3 illustrations, Jean Main, 1998.
- "The Army Medical Service of the Imperial and Royal (k.u.k.) 14th Infantry Regiment (Ernst Ludwig, Grand Duke of Hesse) during World War I", 49 pages plus 3 maps, introduced and translated into English by Jean Main, 2002.