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We shall remember them.

August is Family History Month and full of events to celebrate our heritage, to remember those we are descended from, and to share our family stories with family, friends and anyone who will listen.
I hope you are enjoying events in your area and taking time to remember your families.

My mother is 102, and together we remember her family. She was born in England, traveled with her family as a three year old to Australia for a job opportunity for her father, she spent her adolescence in Dunedin, came to Auckland where she met my father. Married and lived in Hamilton where I was born, then in Auckland where our family grew up. She remembers her family who had all returned to England to take over a business on the death of her paternal grandfather. She visited them several times celebrating family marriages and traveling together with her sister on occasions – reliving her family stories as she remembered them.
My father who died many years ago has a fascinating lineage for me to research and remember which includes German Jewish, Scottish, and English nationalities as well as Australian convicts and the British military – and that is just the start.
And then there are my husband’s families ...

This issue of our magazine focuses on memories, stories and events – memories from the distant past as well as memories of our recent NZSG AGM and Conference. You can read four different perceptions of the weekend - from a member of the planning committee, a member attending their first conference, a member who has been to many conferences, and from a member who was an exhibitor.

Next year we will be in Auckland during Family History Month at the fourth New Zealand’s Family History Fair BUT this year we must remember those who made this 2014 AGM and Conference such a success.

Thank you Kilbirnie Branch and thank you to all who worked hard, and gave us their time to make the event so enjoyable.

We shall remember them
Gay

 
   
 
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