Helen is a speaker, researcher and author and has been researching family history since 1986 in Australia, England, Ireland and Wales with forays into other areas of the world chasing after mobile family members. Her father was born in England and her mother was a fifth generation Australian.

She has regularly spoken since 1992 in every state and territory in Australia, and internationally in New Zealand, Canada, USA, England at such conferences as RootsTech, Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, Virtual Genealogical Association conference, Who Do You Think You Are! Live and aboard 17 Unlock the Past cruises, She is a regular presenter for LegacyFamilyTree Webinars.  

She worked for 36+ years as a Public Health Microbiologist and  molecular epidemiologist before retiring. She has been actively involved in  genetic genealogy since 2011, helping people looking for biological family as well as those trying to make sense of their DNA results. Helen started the Genealogical Society of Queensland DNA Special Interest Group in 2015 and ran it for seven years. She regularly runs classes on DNA and its application for genealogical research.  She has a strong interest in public health, medical history and social context.

She has registered the surname Quested, with the Guild of One Name Studies. She has spoken in every state/Territory in Australia, and internationally in New Zealand, Canada, USA, England and aboard fifteen Unlock the Past cruises. She is the author of “Death Certificates and Archaic Medical Terms”, “Google the Genealogist’s Friend” and numerous family history articles. Professionally she is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and Genealogical Speakers Guild.

She holds a: Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health, Bachelor of Applied Science Medical Laboratory Science, Associate Diploma in Clinical Laboratory Techniques, Diploma in Family History, Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies.