Ben Hollister has been a professional genealogist since 2007, and a historical researcher since 1997. He currently owns and operates Roots and Branches Family History, a historical research business focussing on German-Australian research, and as well as offering a variety of support services to historical researchers via the History Helper service. Ben was the co-convenor of the Germanic & Continental European SIG of Genealogy SA from 2014 – 2019 and also founded the German-Australian Genealogy and History Alliance, a network of societies, archives and researchers, and served as Executive Officer. Ben is a Certified Professional with the Australian Library and Information Association and a director of the Association of Professional Genealogists. He holds tertiary qualifications in information management, educational management, and applied history and speaks and teaches regularly about history and genealogy at a state, national and international level.