Rachel Croucher is a genealogist, record agent, and Vice President of the Australasian Association of Genealogists and Record Agents. She has more than a decade of professional experience in her field and founded Origins Research Network in 2016.
After finishing high school at Bairnsdale Secondary College in the Victorian region of East Gippsland, Rachel spent one year studying at Heinrich-Heine-Gymnasium in Mettmann, Germany, on the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. She went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in German and European Studies at the University of Melbourne, during which time she spent two semesters at the University of Vilnius in Lithuania. Since then, Rachel has completed a Master of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Monash University’s Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation and a Diploma of Family History at the University of Tasmania. She is now studying for a Juris Doctor at RMIT University.
Rachel has worked extensively in media and translation both at home and abroad—including in her current role as Content Editor at APG Quarterly, the official publication of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and previously as Managing Editor of the Australian Bureau of The Lithuania Tribune. She now sits on the Editorial Board of the International Journal for Court Administration (IJCA) and was elected to the committee of the Victorian Association of Family History Organisations (VAFHO) in 2020.
Rachel’s professional introduction to the practice of history was in the archives of the Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre in Elsternwick where she thrived as a German translator under the mentorship of the archive’s founder, Ursula Flicker OAM, Ursula’s deputy Claude Fromm, and countless others too numerous to mention here. Rachel benefited from strong relationships with all her work colleagues and was privileged to be mentored in the art of oral history by Phillip Maisel OAM, founder of the museum’s Testimonies Department. Rachel remained in the archives for eight years and retains strong ties to the organisation, where she currently serves on the executive committee of the JHC Publishing House.
Rachel’s interest in family history started out as what she thought would be a cursory glance at the mixed-race branch of her ancestry, but it soon became an overwhelming passion. Her academic and professional backgrounds prepared her so well for the practice of genealogy that after several years as a family historian, Rachel struck out on her own and founded Origins Research Network—an organisation dedicated to providing best practice genealogical, research, and record agent services.
Rachel treats all research requests with the utmost discretion and looks forward to helping you unlock your family history. She can be contacted via the Contact Us form in the Contact section on this website.