Who are we?

Born & Bred Historical Research was born out of a love of historical research and a passion for unlocking hidden mysteries. We’re in the business to find your people and tell their story.

Established in 2014, Born & Bred are your resident family history researchers, super sleuths or ‘History Detectives’ and specialise in family history research and building family trees, but love to delve into all historical avenues.

We service the Melbourne metropolitan area, Geelong, Bellarine and the Surf Coast, and regional Victoria, as well as taking Australia-wide and world-wide requests.

No job is too big or too small – from finding a missing branch to researching celebrities for SBS Australia’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ such as Shane Jacobson, Delta Goodram, Patti Newton, Bert Newton, Roger Corser and Uncle Jack Charles. We conduct all of our research and record requests quickly and confidentially and will provide you with honest and professional advice on all of your research queries.


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Phoebe Wilkens’ passion is genealogy, discovering a love for researching families, their origins and finding skeletons in the closet (and coaxing them out). Phoebe loves to solve historical mysteries, delving into the history of homes and properties and loves to write about historical events and delights in discovering treasures in the archives.

Phoebe has a wide and varied range of research experience, having worked at the Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) for a number of years, as well as working at the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre and volunteering at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.

Phoebe has an Advanced Diploma in Local, Family and Applied History and a Bachelor of Historical Inquiry and Practice. Phoebe is a member of the Professional Historians Association (Victoria & Tasmania), a registered and recognised Record Agent and Genealogist with the Australasian Association of Record Agents & Genealogists (AAGRA) and is a professional researcher for AncestryProGenealogist. Phoebe is also the co-host of ‘Chickstory’, a podcast about often overlooked or forgotten women in history.

Whether you would like a family tree, a copy of a record held at the Public Record Office Victoria or if you would like your family’s story uniquely captured and presented for future posterity, Born & Bred Historical Research are here to help.

Contact us now to discuss and get started on your own historical journey!