Jenny Joyce is a professional genealogist, lecturer and teacher living in Sydney, Australia, specialising in Australian, English, Irish and Scottish genealogy. Her earliest immigrant ancestors came to Australia in 1801 and she can count three convicts in her line: two women from England and a man from Ireland. Her ancestors come mainly from England and Ireland, with just a little touch of Scottish ancestry.
Jenny developed an interest in family history from her two grandmothers, who used to tell her stories about their families. She was therefore lucky to have them around to ask questions about her family. Her love of history was sparked when she watched the television series The Six Wives of Henry VIII starring Keith Michell, and Elizabeth R staring Glenda Jackson.
She spent 25 years working in the IT industry, before quitting that to spend more time looking after her family. Shortly after that she commenced work as a professional genealogist, and has been awarded a Certificate in Genealogical Research by the Society of Australian Genealogists.
Jenny teaches at local community colleges about a variety of topics relating to history and genealogy and has also given lectures to the Society of Australian Genealogists, the Queensland Family History Society, and to her local family history group, where she runs the Irish Special Interest Group. In addition she writes the Jennyalogy Blog and produces the Jennyalogy Podcast. The other areas she is passionate about and has lectured on are DNA and Photo Dating.
She is currently the President of her local Historical Society.