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7th August 2017

The Wellington Combined Branches, led by Kilbirnie and supported by Hutt Valley, Porirua and Wellington) had a very successful Open Day on Saturday.  

Michelle Patient gave four talks developing the theme of DNA

Robyn Williams, Chair NZSG, opened the day and reminded us of all the incredible resources available on the NZSG website.

Mary Shadbolt, NZSG Vice Chairperson NZSG convened the organising committee. 


The day was well supported by the Branches and the public.


2nd August 2017  - Papakura Courier

to read the entire article click Here

26th July - Franklin Branch 


Members of the Franklin Branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists presented a copy of the St Peter's cemetery project which had been recently completed by the group.   The presentation took place before the vestry meeting at St Peter in the Forest,  Anglican Church at Bombay.   The book,  which contains photographs and a transcription of each of the headstones in the church cemetery, along with a USB stick holding full sized copies of the photographs,  were presented in time for the 150th anniversary of the church.   These will be a permanent record of the cemetery at this date.  

Over the last three years the Franklin Branch of the NZ Society of Genealogists has been working on 16 cemeteries in the former Franklin District Council area.  The project has amassed over 10,000 transcriptions and photographs of plots containing more than 12,000 individual names. 

This information will be available shortly at the Pukekohe library on a database developed by member Murray Sutton.  Books like the one presented to St Peter’s have also been produced for Awhitu Peninsular and Pukekohe Cemetery. All the books are fully indexed.


5th July - DNA Workshop

 Michelle Patient and Vivienne Parker at the recent DNA Workshop held at the FRC. On behalf of the Peat Family, Michelle donated to the NZSG Library  Peat Family Reunion held in 1998 by Lorna Henderson, who made this record of the organizing and attendees of the reunion.  Already in the NZSG library is  Lorna's book An encounter with history : the Peat family – New Zealand pioneers John & Shirley Peat. 



20 June -  Cheers to all our Volunteers nationwide - without you we wouldn't be as successful as we are!



07 June -  2017 Award Winner.

 Lucy Marshall Award for the best 'How to' article in the 2016 issues of The New Zealand Genealogist

Rob Aspden for Search for McArthurs published in the April 2016 issue Vol 47 No 358 p46

Kevin McAnulty Award for the best Family History published during 2016 and donated to the NZSG library

Cynthia McCaughan for To Live a Long and Prosperous Life

Ted Gilberd Literary Trust Awards:



WW1 Essay Competition:  Joseph Gillard 'Not Reported as Severe Cases' - a life dislocated

published in June 2017


Special Commendations for David Stevenson,  Keith Vautier and Delwyn Blondell.



Family History Award:  Yvonne Milbank My Poppa was a humble ag lab from Coull published in April 2016 Vol 47 No 358 p66



NZSG Service Awards:


Chris Binns - FRC Volunteer for 10 years

Val Gillanders - FRC Volunteer for 10 years

Judy Hand - FRC Volunteer for 10 years
Carolyn Harling - FRC Volunteer for 10 years
Barbara Pritchard - FRC Volunteer for 10 years
Lorraine Rice - FRC Volunteer for 10 years and Team Leader

Roger Washbourn - Council for 6 years and Board for 1 year

Catriona Williamson - Council for 2 years and Board for 1 year








24th May - Waihi Branch

Sounds like a party here today but it’s just Waihi Branch on a day trip taking full advantage of FRC resources and volunteers.




14th May - Auckland Research Centre 

The Central Auckland Research Centre is expected to be closed from 8 June till week beginning 3 July for refurbishment. 



10th May - Image Archive

Planning is under way to use NZSG archival images in conjunction with the upcoming events:

* NZSG Conference 2017 - Looking Forward to the Past - 2-5 June 2017
* NZSG National Luncheon - Celebrating 50 years - Tues 15 August 2017

If any individual or Branch has material they would like to share with other members Nationwide, we would be pleased to include a selection of them in the proposed Audio Visual displays being employed during these events. 




4th May  -  Certificate Collection

We are now accepting your certificates by email.   Please send them to the NZSG Manager

As the NZSG does not own the certificates and copyright could be breached we cannot send them to members by email.  

The Collection currently stands at over 112,000 documents (certificates of all kinds from many countries) and over 950,000 indexed entries in the database which can be found in the NZSG Kiwi Collection V2.  



24th April - NZ Birth, Death, Marriage and Civil Union Fees to Increase

On the 21st of April 2017, The Department of Internal Affairs (the Department) confirmed changes to fees for birth, death, marriage and civil union (BDMCU) products and services. This follows public consultation in late 2016. After consideration of feedback received, Cabinet has approved new fees for BDMCU products and services which will come into effect on 22 May 2017.

Examples of fee changes (GST incl.) include:
• The cost of a standard birth certificate will increase from $26.50 to $33.00;
• The cost of a printout will change from $20.40 - $26.50, depending on the year of the event on the record, to a standardised fee of $25.00
A full list of the new fees that come into effect on 22 May 2017 will be available at BDMCU’s website. 



This extremely poignant cartoon created by Rod Emmerson for ANZAC Day 2014 it is one that I love, and share with his permission. 



 Some photos from the Hobbies Expo held at Claudelands Hamilton from 7 to 9 April 2017 

top left - Sandra Metcalfe in action

top right -  Shelley North and Linda Howarth

bottom left - Bev Simpson and Sandra Metcalfe

bottom right - Maxine Viggers and Christine Young






Good Friday,  14th April - CLOSED

Saturday,  15th April 10.00am - 4.00pm

Easter Sunday,  16th April - CLOSED

Monday, 17th April 10.00am - 4.00pm

 Tuesday, 18th April CLOSED




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.   



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.




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



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: or see Facebook



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.



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.


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



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


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


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



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.


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


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




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


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


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. 


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.


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



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.   


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



25/05/2016  Library Review 

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


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.