MARION Sargent has uncovered family links to French protestants and British convicts, read her grandfather's love letters to her grandmother, and learned of a great-aunt who photographed a Tasmanian tiger.
And, like most family history collections, that's just scraping the surface.
August is National Family History Month, with events conducted across the country that focus on genealogy, heraldry and reunions.
Evidence of Mrs Sargent's fascinating lineage lies in suitcases, folders, albums and boxes throughout her Newstead home.
Her father's old wooden crutches, a great aunt's WWI nursing uniform and an extensively detailed family tree are among the relics of her 40-year passion for research.
Mrs Sargent said she started her journey as a 17-year-old after a cousin in England sent a family tree that stretched back to 1540.
"It just takes a little snippet of information - a record, an obituary, a notice in the paper," she said.
"It can become quite an obsession, to learn where you came from and what your family did for a living."
Mrs Sargent is the president of the Launceston Historical Society and a keen member of the Launceston Family History Group.
She said while the internet had made it easier to trace ancestry details, the best place to start a family history journey was with immediate relatives.
"Ask for details and information from everyone you can," she said.
"Once you get a better idea of your family tree, and what your relatives did for work, you can start branching out."
Mrs Sargent said one of the biggest surprises of her family history journey was discovering her great-great-great- grandfather's convict past.
"His name was William Pitt - he stole a silk handkerchief when he was 19 and got 14 years in Tasmania for it," she said.