Video and Audio Presentations

A Little Piece of Ireland


A recording of the livestream talk for NZSG by Fiona Fitzsimons and Brian Donovan on Irish resources. This presentation will be of interest to all those with Irish Ancestry and discusses where to go and how to find records of interest.

View a list of recommended websites mentioned in the talk.

Genealogy and Social Media


Family histories are often the starting point for film makers like Gaylene Preston in the film Home by Christmas - not to mention historical novelists like Stephanie Johnson and Jack Lazenby. 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.

DNA  deciphering families, surprises and skeletons


Genealogy is now the second most popular hobby in the United States (after gardening) according to Time magazine.

Genealogist Michelle Patient is an expert in using DNA testing to help people find their roots.

Finding Family in New Zealand

Presenter: Robyn Williams, Vice President AFFHO - 11/03/2015

Robyn demonstrates useful resources that can be used to trace family history in New Zealand.

Migration to New Zealand

Presenter: Robyn Williams, Vice President AFFHO - 10/03/2015

Robyn discusses early migration to New Zealand and related resources that can be used to trace family history.

Locating Your Ancestors Through Burial Records

Presenter: David Verran, Team Leader Central Auckland Research Centre, Auckland Libraries - 08/03/2015

David presents a seminar on the importance of the 1882 Cemeteries Act. 

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The History of the NZSG Cemetery Collection

Presenter: Gay Williams - 11/02/2015. Presenter: Ben Mercer, Ancestry

Gay talks about the history of the  NZSG Cemetery Collection - a national database of nearly 1400 cemeteries, public, private and urupa.

The Shipwreck Cemeteries

Presenters: Michael Wynd and Gay Williams - 08/03/2015

Two specialist speakers discuss some of New Zealand's worst shipping disasters and their associated graveyards. These remote burial sites tell tragic but often heroic stories.

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The Great Flu Pandemic, 1918

Presenter: Gay Williams - 08/03/2015

Over a three-month period in 1918 New Zealand lost half as many people to influenza as it had in the entire war. Gay discusses the world's worst disease outbreak ever.

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