What's On at the National Library

Check out the great line-up of events at the National Library for November -


The Genealogist


TheGenealogist team have been busy expanding their Military Records by adding over 1.8 million additional R.A.F. Operations Record Books (ORBs) records. These daily journals from various R.A.F. squadrons are fully searchable by name, aircraft, location and many other fields.

These ORBs allow researchers to find their air force ancestors and to see where their squadron was at a particular time in WW2.

Read the article about Roald Dahl's exploits.


New Zealand History FederationNewsletter

The July "Keeping In Touch" newsletter of the New Zealand History Federation Inc. can be read HERE.



The Archives and Records Association of New Zealand (ARANZ) AGM will be held on Friday 25 September 2020 at Hocken Library, 90 Anzac Avenue, Dunedin at 5 pm drinks & nibbles, 5.30 pm AGM start. AGM 2020 Notice & Google Meet joining instructions.


RNZ Interview with Mary Shadbolt

Mary Shadbolt, NZSG Board Chair, was interviewed on Thursday 13 February 2020 on RNZ’s Nine To Noon at 9.15 am.

You can listen to the interview here.


University of Edinburgh Genetics Study

The University of Edinburgh are conducting a study. People with at least two grandparents who were born in Orkney or Shetland are being sought for a genetics study aimed at improving health.  

There is believed to be a significant number of people of Northern Isles descent living in Dunedin.

Click here to read the article from the BBC News on 18 January 2020 which also has the information for registering for the study.


Franklin Positively Ageing Expo

On Friday 19th October the very popular Franklin Positively Ageing Expo was held in Pukekohe.  The Franklin Branch of NZSG always have a stand and this year it created a good amount of interest hopefully resulting in some new members. Our theme this year was “Give it a go” which proved a popular starting point for discussion. A team of volunteers worked on the stand throughout the day answering general questions about getting started and, yes, giving it a go.

Combined Wellington Branches Family History Open Day

Hutt Valley, Kilbirnie, Porirua and Wellington Branches combined and
held a very successful open day on Saturday 24 August at the Hutt
Bowling Club, Lower Hutt.

In the News

Ireland's Call

Mel Homer goes in search of her elusive family history. This article appeared in the NZ Herald 6 August 2019 - view the video. The article is available on PressReader (requires a login).

Gill Knox Reunites Family With Keepsake

A signet ring belonging to a New Zealand pilot who died in a secret World War II mission was returned to his relatives after almost 75 years, thanks to some detective work by NZSG Director Gill Knox. The Freemasons ring worn by Flying Officer Leonard Kilgour was presented to his nephew recently. Kilgour's nephew Warren Gibbons is pictured with Gill Knox. Read the full story on Stuff.

Hawera Branch

The NZSG Hawera Branch has been in the news. The Taranaki Star reporting here on Hawera's annual book fair with our own Board member Jillian Williams featured.