Born and Bred Historical Research was born out of a love of historical research and a passion for unlocking mysteries. Born and Bred is made up of Lee Hooper and Phoebe Wilkens who have a combined ten years experience working in the history field.  We specialise in family history research and building family trees, but love to delve into all historical avenues. 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?'. The Born and Bred team service the Melbourne metropolitan area, Geelong, Bellarine and the Surf Coast, and regional Victoria as well as taking Australia-wide and international enquiries.


Lee Hooper has a love of old creepy houses, unlocking mysteries found within Victorian public records and writing fiction and non-fiction that expresses her love for a good spun yarn and the articulate telling of true tales.

Lee has over five years’ historical research and archival access experience thanks to her time working at the Public Record Office Victoria. Combining her research skills and her passion for writing, Lee has contributed to articles published in the Herald Sun and has had a grisly true crime story published in Provenance, the Public Record Office Victoria’s annual journal. She was a tour guide through Unlocked Melbourne at Melbourne Central and the Coops Shot tour. Lee is currently a genealogist at the State Trustees Victoria, as well as the Co-creator, Co-host, researcher and writer for the Melbourne History Podcast - Dead & Buried Podcast.

She completed the Diploma of Library and Information Services in 2013 and is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Historical Inquiry and Practice through University of New England.

Phoebe Wilkens’ passion is genealogy, discovering a love for researching families, their origins and finding skeletons in the closet. Phoebe also loves to write about historical events and delights in discovering treasures in the archives.

She has a wide and varied range of research experience, having worked alongside Lee at the Public Record Office Victoria for several years, as well as working at the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre and volunteering at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.

Phoebe successfully completed her Advanced Diploma in Local, Family and Applied History in 2012 and completed her Bachelor of Historical Inquiry and Practice in 2016, both through the University of New England. Phoebe is also a graduate member of the Professional Historians Association (Victoria) and a fellow researcher and writer on the Dead & Buried Podcast.

Whether you would like a starter 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, Phoebe and Lee at Born & Bred Historical Research are here to help.

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