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NZSG Irish Interest Group Lower North Island

Beanachti  Greetings 

Our Group was formed in February 2005 as an informal research group.  We were granted NZSG Special Interest Group status in May 2008.  Our aim is to assist you with your Irish research.

Your annual subscription covers newsletters and updates; thereafter a small entry fee if attending any of our research days.  We do not hold a regular meeting at particular times or at a fixed venue.

We are a little different in that we operate similar to a mobile library and take the research data out to various venues.  This is because many people cannot travel to Wellington to do research and many smaller libraries do not carry a lot of Irish research information.  So we decided to make things a little easier for you all by coming to you!  We are a mobile, active group covering the Lower North Island from Wellington-Wanganui-New Plymouth-Taihape-Napier-Palmerston North-Wairarapa and everywhere within this semi-circle back to Wellington. 

A Member's Interest List is maintained for matching people researching the same names and places.  We are available for enquiries free of charge to members, limited to one request at a time.  At this stage we do not have the time or manpower to do research for non members.

As a group we: 
 • Share our knowledge
 • Educate new and experienced researchers
 • Pool our resources
 • Learn from one another
 • Enjoy the company and interests of fellow genealogists

Meetings / Research Days
We have extensive research material; books, magazines, CD Roms and Microfiche, all relating to Ireland, plus laptops and Microfiche readers for viewing.

Meetings are held around the Lower North Island; up to 8 held yearly, or more if required.  These are well advertised both locally and nationally via the NZSG web site, on the members list, and sent to all local regional branches/ groups.

Our research days can be any day of the week or weekend and for any length of time, depending on the requirements of those who are hosting us.

We publish a newsletter several times a year with information to assist in your research.  This is emailed out to members and posted to those, not on email.  Our newsletters can also be downloaded from this webpage (see below).

Special Education Workshops
We hold a hands-on education workshop each year covering topics of interest for further tuition.  This workshop is led by an NZSG Tutor from the Family Research Centre in Panmure, who travels to a venue, within our operating area, making the event available to everyone.

SUBSCRIPTIONS are NZ$5.00 single and $7.00 double per annum.
Thereafter an entry fee to research days.

We have a large membership and whilst most members are located in New Zealand, we have some overseas.  Membership is welcome from anyone with an interest in Irish Family History.  Membership entitles you to:
  • Issues of our Newsletter
  • Help with your research
  • Have your research questions published in the Newsletter
  • Borrow books in person or by post from our Library on the History of Ireland
  • Reference books are unfortunately not available for borrowing

Download the New Member Application Form
Download our Irish Interest Group Lower North Island - information sheet

Contact Details
Convenor/ Editor of Newsletter:
Jenny Martin
46 Middleton Road
Wellington 6037

Phone:  04 478 7621
Email:  Irish-Lower NI
Note:  When corresponding by traditional post please remember to always enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope if you require a reply by post.

September 2010

Some Irish websites of interest
Free Irish Genealogy e-magazine - www.IrishLivesRemembered.com
Irish Family History Foundation, BDM Indexes
National Archives Ireland 1911 Census - http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie
National Library of Ireland - http://www.nli.ie/en/homepage.aspx
Pensions - Searchable database - http://www.ireland-genealogy.com
PRONI - Documents, Wills etc - http://www.proni.gov.uk/index/search_the_archives/ecatalogue.htm
Ireland Atlas Townlands - http://www.thecore.com/seanruad
Genuki Ireland - www.genuki.org.uk/big/irl
GRO in Roscommon - Civil Registrations - http://www.groireland.ie/
Griffith's Valuation - http://www.failteromhat.com/griffiths.php
Ireland Libraries - http://www.askaboutireland.ie
Family Search - http://fsbeta.familysearch.org/s/collection/list
NZ BDMs - Historical search - www.bdmonline.dia.govt.nz
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