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Family Research Centre Closure

Because of the COVID-19 Alerts, the Family Research Centre is closed until further notice.


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.


ARANZ Conference

The Archives and Records Association of New Zealand (ARANZ) conference, hosted by the Otago/Southland branch, will be held in Dunedin from 23-25 September.

The theme for this year’s conference is Vision 20/20: Access for a Digital Age. ARANZ are seeking presentations of 30-60 minutes around access and/or the impact of digital solutions and technology on records and archives management.

Please send your submissions to by 31 March:

  • Topic summary, up to 500 words
  • Selection of a 30 or 60 minute slot 


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.