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August 2016


August is New Zealand Family History Month

Do you know where you come from? Take the opportunity during this month, to learn about your ancestors by attending some of the many talks, workshops, tours and research opportunities being held by libraries, archives, museums and family history and heritage societies.

check out  Eventfinder for more details.



Personal Tuition at the FRC during August (Booking is Essential)

Times:  Monday 9.30,  11.00,  12.30,  14.00

Tuesday 12.30,  14.00

Wednesday 9.30, 11.00, 12.30, 14.00, 15.30, 17.00

Thursday 9.30, 11.00, 12.30, 14.00

Saturday 9.30, 11.00, 12.30, 14.00

Cost:  one person + one volunteer + one hour + one topic

Members - $12 per session

 Non members - $32 per session

for topics and how to book click HERE




1st - Gerard Hindmarsh - Sharing Our Stories 

Gerard Hindmarsh speaks to the theme of this year’s Family History Month.  Gerard is a print and radio journalist/storyteller for a diverse range of media including Radio New Zealand, Radio Live, Fairfax Media and the New Zealand Listener.  He is author of five books published by Potton and Burton.  Angelina is the story of his grandmother, an Italian-born bride who began a new life an on isolated D’Urville Island farm.

Time:  1.00 - 2.00pm


NZSG Tairua Pauanui 

2nd - Peter Gillies "Truth or Myth - Family Stories"

- discoveries made on Peter's search for Archie Laycock, Tairua.

Venue:  The Annex,  Pauanui Recreation & Sports Club, Sheppard Ave, Pauanui

Time:  10am 


NZSG Kilbirnie

3rd -  How to start family history research

Venue:  Connolly Hall,  Guildford Terrace,  Thorndon, Wellington

Time: 5.30pm



3rd - Triona Williamson - Of Lemons and Understanding

Triona’s research about her grandfather showed that she needed to reconsider her feelings towards him.

Time: 1.00 - 2.00pm



4th - Jan Gow - Using Genealogy Computer Programs (Family Historian, Family Tree Maker,  Legacy,  RootsMagic, Reunion (Mac)

How well do you know your program?  Come along with questions and let Jan help you fall in love with your family history research program.  

Time:  2.00 - 4.00pm



5th - Gail Riddell - DNA and Genealogy the basics

Come and learn the how, what and why of DNA and genealogy.  Gail Riddell runs regular workshops and really knows her stuff.  Gail’s presentations are always in demand so make sure you book in early! 

Time:  10.30am - midday


 NZSG Lower North Island 

6th - Regional meeting

Venue: Thompson House, 4 Kent Street, Levin

Time: 10.30am


6th - 7th Fritz Reuter Immigrant Ship 140th Anniversary Celebration

Inglewood, Taranaki



8th - Jan Gow - Skimming the surface of FamilySearch

Jan will teach you how to really look at some of the special and unique features of FamilySearch that are just waiting to be found!

Time:  2.00 - 4.00pm


NZSG Porirua

10th - Researching on Social Media (Facebook, Pinterest etc)

Venue:  Connolly Hall,  Guildford Terrace,  Thorndon, Wellington

Time: 5.30pm



10th - Robyn Williams - Orientation to Family History

A must for new and current members of the NZSG or indeed anyone interested in family history research.  Don’t know where to start?  Stuck for some fresh ideas? Are you getting the best from your membership?  You will definitely learn something new today! 

Time: 2pm - 4pm 




11th - Bruce Ralston - Writing articles for The New Zealand Genealogist

What makes a good contribution to our magazine?  What is the objective?  How about standards?  Can I do it?!  Of course you can and NZ Genealogist Editor, Bruce, is here to show you how.

Time:  1.00 - 2.00 pm


 NZSG Genealogical Computing Group

   12th - 14th - Auckland Family History Expo

Venue:  Fickling Centre, 546 Mt Albert Rd, Three Kings, Auckland 




15th -  Fiona Brooker - Using FindmyPast Effectively

Always in demand as a presenter, Fiona is always in demand as a presented so this will be another popular workshop.  

Time: 10.30am -  midday

NZSG Hibiscus Coast

16th - Lauren Bavin - Presenting your Family Tree

 Venue:  St Chads,  Centreway Rd, Orewa

Time:  2pm - 4pm



17th Sarah Mathieson Senior DIA Archivist - Digging Deeper making the most of Archway's Advanced Search 

Meet at Archives New Zealand, 95 Richard Pearse Drive, Mangere for a behind-the-scenes tour and a demonstration on how to utilise the Advanced Search function of Archway.  This is not a research trip - Archives require advance notice of group research visits.

Time: 11.00 - 12.30pm


NZSG Hutt Valley

17th - Publishing your Family Story 

Venue:  Connolly Hall,  Guildford Terrace,  Thorndon, Wellington

Time: 5.30pm



18th - Carole Devereux,  NZSG Project Co-ordinator - An introduction to “New Zealand Land Records 1871 – 1991”

New Zealand Land Records 1871 – 1991 will be launched on 12 August at the Family History Expo.  Carole will introduce you to this new nominal index which has been extracted from the Land Districts of North Auckland, South Auckland and Taranaki.  Land owners throughout New Zealand and overseas are linked directly to source documents containing a range of personal identity papers and Land Title references.   

Time:  10.30 am to midday



19th - Mark Stoddart, Regional DIA Archivist (Archives New Zealand) - Discovering My Land

Mark’s knowledge of the Deeds System, crown property records and the Torrens System is second to none.  Join him as he demonstrates various ways to find your land using mainly the Deeds System and crown records. 

Time: 2.30 to 4.00 pm



22th Robyn Williams - Migration to New Zealand

Time:  2.00 to 3.00 pm



23rd - Tracy Little,  NZSG Webmaster - A tour of the new-look website

Join Tracy as she takes you through the NZSG re-vamped website and demonstrates the new and improved search engine.  Be prepared for a fun and informative demonstration.

Time: 11.00 am to midday


NZSG Wellington

24th - Using genealogy software programmes to record your family history data

Venue:  Connolly Hall,  Guildford Terrace,  Thorndon, Wellington

Time: 5.30pm



25th - Robyn Williams - Using newspaper resources for family history

Time: 2.00 to 3.30 pm



26th - Keith Vautier - The NZSG Digital Archive Service for Family History 

DAFH (Digital Archive for Family History) Officer, Keith talks about the importance of preserving your family history research.  Did you know that NZSG members can utilise DAFH to electronically preserve family data, back up current work and retrieve family history narratives in the event of a disaster?  

Time:  1.00 to 2.30 pm



26th Special FRC Research Day

Enjoy a whole day of research at the Family Research Centre and NZSG Library for $5.00!

Time: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Cost $5.00



26th - Vivienne Parker hosts - Late Late Research

Make the most of your Friday evening!  Leap into an entire night of family history research.  Dinner is included and we will have experienced volunteers on hand to help you with your research. 

Time: 4.00 pm until midnight

Cost $15, includes dinner

Download the registration form HERE



29th - Julie MacDonald - The odd side of my family

Come along and let Julie show you how to research the female line of your family.  This is sure to be a popular presentation for those who have ‘missing’ women on their family trees.

Time: 1.30 pm to 2.30 pm



31st - Michelle Patient - Successful Search Strategies

Join Michelle as she provides tips, tools and hints on how to turn searching into re-searching.  Learn how to really enjoy your research and be more efficient with it.  Michelle will teach you skills that might help break through those barriers in compiling your family tree.

Time: 10.30 am to midday


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