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11th February - DNA Workshop with Michelle Patient

The first of the sellout series of DNA Workshops by Michelle Patient was held today and what a fantastic turnout.     Michelle was an extremely entertaining speaker who knows the subject and kept the audience engrossed.   Congratulations to Francis van Lier the winner of the Ancestry DNA kit.   

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9th January - Welcome to the new NZSG Manager

 

The NZSG extends a very warm welcome to Barbara Haughey who commenced as NZSG Manager on 4 January 2017. 

Barbara has worked in the not for profit sector for over 20 years in both employed and a volunteer roles and has a Bachelor of Sport degree from AUT.

She has joined us after a recent appointment as Office Manager for an Electrical Engineering firm and is looking forward to getting back to her Not for Profit roots.

 

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23rd November - Christmas Hours 

The library is open for research to Saturday, 11 December, 2016

closed from Monday, 12 December until Monday, 26 December, 2016

Re-open Wednesday, 28 December, 2016 with normal hours

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30th October - Seddon 150th Celebrations 25-28th November 2016 - Kumara and Hokitika

A celebration of the life and achievements of Richard Seddon and his family will be held during Westland Anniversary weekend (25th - 28th November)  with a mix of social events, guided and self-guided history tours,  and a day-long history seminar hosted by Hokitika Museum.

 The celebration starts with an art exhibition viewing in Hokitika on Friday, before events move to Kumara on Saturday with a themed gala day, an unveiling of a historic panel, guided tours of the Stafford Cemetery, and concludes with a Victorian themed soiree in the evening. 

On Sunday the activity shifts to Hokitika where the Hokitika Museum will be hosting a day-long seminar comprising 11 short presentations around a theme of ‘Surviving the Wilderness’ – exploring the challenges of living on the West Coast during the gold-rush and beyond. A ‘Seddon & Friends’ Dinner in the evening combines theatre, local music and tributes to our great Premier, who will also be in attendance.

The weekend coincides with the launch of the Seddon Trail – a self-guided driving tour of significant Seddon Sites. Other activities include walking history tours, and the opportunity to look at the impressive technology collection and live exhibits at the Westland Heritage Park.

Accommodation bookings can be made via the Hokitika iSite

Bookings for the “Surviving the Wilderness” Seminar can be made at Hokitika’s Regent Theatre.

Further enquires regarding the weekend can be made by contacting

Hokitika Museum,  phone: 03 766 6898,  email: enquiries@hokitikamuseum.co.nz or see Facebook

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20th October - Congratulations Canterbury Branch

who were awarded the Heritage Ambassador 2016 award at the BECA Heritage Week awards function held on 14 October 2016. Pictured is our Convenor, Sandra Serra, holding the award.

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26th September - Wellington Masonic Donation

The Wellington Masonic Club Inc has donated $4000 to the NZSG to create four DVDs on basic "how to" genealogy topics.

NZSG's Mary Shadbolt (education portfolio) and Peter Gibson (treasurer) are seen here accepting the cheque from NZSG councillor Gill Knox, who negotiated the deal.

Production is expected to get underway later this year for release later next year.

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29th August -  the meaning behind the Māori name for the Society.  

New Zealand Society of Genealogists Incorporated

Te Rangapū Kaihikohiko o Aotearoa

Rangapū refers to the entity as a special group. 

Kaihikihiko refers to genealogists working within the field of genealogy and whakapapa. 

Te Rangapū Whakapapa o Aotearoa refers to a whakapapa group in New Zealand,  whereas there are many Māori 

 within and beyond New Zealand who are actively researching their whakapapa and genealogies. 

Te Rangapū Kaihikohiko o Aotearoa raises the mana of a special organisation in research of genealogy and whakapapa

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23rd August - New Zealand Land Transactions DVD

North Auckland,  South Auckland and Taranaki Land Districts 1871-1991

 * DVD publication * Name searchable database

*  210,000 line records * 150,000 land documents

*  Reaches all of New Zealand and overseas

* Wills,  certificates of identity,  title references

*  Name,  place, occupation, event, source document

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14th August - Genealogy and social media

Family histories are often the starting point for filmmakers like Gaylene Preston in the film Home by Christmas - not to mention historical novelists like Stephanie Johnson and Jack Lazenby. It's Family History Month, so family history research is being discussed and promoted around the country. Lynn Freeman looks at one of the big issues being talked about - social media, and the pros and cons of using it to track down relatives and fellow genealogists.She's joined by genealogists Donna Bridgeman and Lisa Durrant.

Listen HERE

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 13th August -  some photos from the Auckland Family History Expo being held at the Fickling Convention Centre, 546 Mt Albert Rd, Three Kings, Auckland.

 

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12th August -  Congratulations to The New Zealand Genealogist Editor - Bruce Ralston, with NZSG President - Robyn Williams and AFFHO Delegate - Shauna Hicks who on behalf of AFFHO presented the Nick Vine Hall Award 2016,   Winner - Category B,  For a Magazine/Journal Produced in 2015,  Presented to New Zealand Society of Genealogists Inc.

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12th August - At the opening night event for the Auckland Family History Expo 2016,  Robyn Williams gave us a sneak peak of the NZSGs' newest product coming soon

New Zealand Land Transactions Index

North Auckland,  South Auckland and Taranaki Land Districts 1871-1991

 * DVD publication * Name searchable database

*  210,000 line records * 150,000 land documents

*  Reaches all of New Zealand and overseas

* Wills,  certificates of identity,  title references

*  Name,  place, occupation, event, source document

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9th August -  We are still experiencing issues with connecting to Discovery and Online Newspapers,  some of you may be able to access by clearing your cache first.    I have requested assistance from our website developers and hope to have the issues rectified as soon as possible.  
Again I apologise for the inconvenience. 

If you are experiencing any issues please send an email with your Member Number,  Email Address and state the Browser you are using, or have any comments about the new site,   feel free to email me at Webmaster

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Get Ready for Family History Month

During August, branches and interest groups around the country will be celebrating NZSGs annual Family History Month by hosting a variety of activities.  

As programmes are finalised, they will become available on the website but we can let you know some of the activities planned.  For example, at the Family Research Centre in Auckland Gerard Hindmarsh kicks things off with his presentation 'Sharing our stories' - the national theme of this year's event, on Monday 1st August.

Other activities on offer at the FRC include presentations on DNA & Genealogy (Gail Riddell), Writing articles for The New Zealand Genealogist (Bruce Ralston), Using Advanced Search to dig deeper on Archway (at Archives NZ), Using newspaper resources for family history (Robyn Williams) and a Late Late Research Night event with dinner at the FRC.

There will be something for everyone during August so keep a look out for updates on the website!  If in doubt, phone your local branch to find out what's on!  

Our Calendar is continuously being updated HERE

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20th July 2016 - The new updated registered Rules are available for download HERE

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14th July 2016 - Vice-regal reception at Government House 

 

NZSG President Robyn Williams and Project Co-ordinator Carole Devereux in attendance at the Vice-regal reception at Government House, Auckland.   His Excellency Lieutenant General The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, Governor-General of New Zealand completes his term at the end of August this year.  The reception was held to acknowledge and thank those organisations to which he has acted as Patron since 2011. 

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Maori Language Week 4th - 10th July 
He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata 
What is the most important thing in the world?
'Tis people, 'tis people, 'tis people.

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 19/06/2016 - 25/06/015 National Volunteer Week

  

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15/06/2016  For the first time ever,  NZSG was represented at Fieldays NZ,  Mystery Creek in Hamilton.   A wonderful weekend was had by all.  Our volunteers were thrilled to meet so many of you.   

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09/06/2016 Congratulations to our 2016-2018 Councillors Elect

President - Robyn Williams,  Treasurer - Peter Gibson and Councillors - Gill Knox, Julie MacDonald, Raewyn Nevin, Mary Shadbolt, Roger Washbourn and Catriona Williamson.  To learn more about our Councillors Elect check out there bios HERE

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01/06/2016 The June issue of The New Zealand Genealogist is out now

in this issue

90 Christine Clement  “… and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.” Numbers 32:23

98 Lyn Williams - The dead tell tales

104 Jeanette Grant - Flitting Day

106 Kathy Hill - Weaving a story

108 Colin Boswell - Postcards from the past

114 Robyn Ramsey - Memorial for the New Zealand Tunnelling Company

and much more ... online HERE 

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25/05/2016  Library Review 

The Library Review Group Barbara Wyley, Triona Williamson, Vivienne Parker, Corin Haines and Wally Hirsh working hard. 

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02/05/2016 AFFHO President is our Treasurer

Congratulations to Robyn Williams, current NZSG Treasurer, who was recently re-elected as President of the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations (AFFHO) 2016-2017 and is the New Zealand delegate. This will be Robyn's second year in the role.

AFFHO is the umbrella organisation for family history societies in the Australasian region and was established in 1978 to coordinate and assist the work of Australian and New Zealand groups with interests in family history, genealogy, heraldry and related subjects.