What's on

Family History Month 2017 

It's that time of year again - Family History Month. The Auckland Libraries heritage team has organised a wonderful programme, at libraries region- wide. Be sure to check out what's on near you.


Central Auckland

Blockhouse Bay Library
Treasures of the Central Auckland Research Centre with Marie Hickey
Monday, 21 August, 10.30am-12pm
Come along and Marie will tell you about all the amazing resources and services that are available in the Research Centre.

Searching the internet for your family history with Marie Hickey
Monday, 21 August, 1pm-2.30pm
Ancestry is pretty awesome, but isn’t the be all and end all for family history. Find out how and what to search on the internet beyond the usual subscription websites.

Central City Library

To Walk Under Palm Trees - The Germans in Samoa with author Anthony Brunt
Wednesday 9 August, 12pm -1pm
Auckland researcher and writer Tony Brunt presents his book of impressive photos that tell the stories of German-Samoan families in nineteenth and twentieth century Samoa.
The book is a result of five years’ work and contains rare photos sourced from private family collections dating back to the nineteenth century.

Treasures Stored in the Internet Archive with Michelle Patient
Wednesday 16 August, 12pm -1pm
Genealogist Michelle Patient takes us on a tour of this online archive, showing us various hidden treasures, as well as its history and purpose. This is a valuable research tool for both historians and genealogists alike.

Britain's Forgotten Bodysnatchers with Suzie Lennox
Wednesday 23 August, 12pm -1pm
During the winters of 1742 -1832, Britain's graveyards were a hive of activity as cadavers were exhumed and transported to Anatomy schools for dissection —  with no questions asked about their origins.  Hear the stories of the students, anatomists  and bodysnatchers, as we discover the cases that have become hidden in history.

If you wish to book a seat for any of these talks at Central, please email the Central Auckland Research Centre arc@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or phone 09 8902412.

Fickling Convention Centre, Three Kings
Auckland Family History Expo
11-13 August 2017
Come and see us at the Fickling Convention Centre, 546 Mount Albert Road, Three Kings, Auckland. More details here.

Pt Chevalier Library
With a Suitcase full of Saris: from India to Aotearoa: stories of pioneer Indian women - compiled by Vasanti Unka
Saturday 26 August, 2pm – 3pm
Vasanti Unka captures the evocative stories of some of the first Indian women arriving in New Zealand with nothing more than a suitcase of cotton saris.

Remuera Library
Who Do You Think You Are
thursday 24 August, 11am-12pm
Come to Remuera Library to hear Gay Williams, former President of the NZ Society of Genealogists, get behind some of the difficulties beginners have in searching for their family history. She will show you how to use some of the Library's resources and databases and get you off to a good start in searching for your family's origins and voyages across the globe.

Waiheke Library
Read All About It! Using Newspapers for Family History
Tuesday 8 August, 10.30am - 12.30pm
Bring a laptop, iPad or tablet to this workshop where you will learn the basics of researching family history using free online newspaper resources.
RSVP required julia.mount@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Beginning Family History with Seonaid Lewis
Sunday 20 August, 10.30am - 12 noon
Get started with your research with family history guru Seonaid Lewis. Although aimed at beginners, more experienced family historians could also learn some new tricks in this free seminar. Bookings not necessary.

Social Media for Family Historians with Seonaid Lewis
Sunday 20 August, 1.30pm - 3pm
You may have heard how popular Facebook has become for family history research, but have you tried using it yet? With specialist groups spanning the globe, social media is a powerful tool for family historians, and well worth considering for anyone wanting to start or extend their research techniques. Bookings not necessary.

Finding Family with DNA
Wednesday 23 August, 6.30pm -  8pm
Have you been thinking of getting your DNA sequenced for your family history research, but not sure where to start? Come to Waiheke Library for this free seminar by librarian Julia Mount, who has been using Family Finder and Geno 2.0 for her research. Find out the pros and cons of different tests as well as how to use one of the most popular options, Family Tree DNA.
RSVP required julia.mount@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

FindMyPast workshop
Sunday 27 August, 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Auckland Libraries has a full subscription to Findmypast, so all records are available to you, free of charge. Come to this computer workshop to find out how to get started on your family history research with this powerful resource.
RSVP required julia.mount@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Onehunga Library
Beginning Family History
Tuesday 1 August – Thursday 31 August
Join us for a basic lesson on Family History- from what is a pedigree chart, through to helping you fill one in and how to get started. Call the library to make a booking for a one-to-one session.
RSVP required 09-3741319

Breaking down brick walls
Tuesday 1 August – Thursday 31 August
This lesson will give you some tips and tricks to get past family history research problems. Call the library to make a booking for a one-to-one session.
RSVP required 09-3741319.



North Auckland

East Coast Bays Library
Making Sense of the Census
Thursday 31 August, 2pm-3pm
Come along to the Ethel Baxer Room for an informative session. Auckland Libraries’ family history librarian Seonaid Lewis will demonstrate how the UK census can enhance your family history research, as well as highlight the pitfalls that lie in wait to trip you up.


Glenfield Library
Glenfield Library will be hosting the North Shore Branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists
Saturday 5 August, 10am – 4pm
Do you know your past? Are you who you think you are? Members of the North Shore Branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists with the assistance of Auckland Libraries resources will be available to answer questions, steer you in the right direction with your Family History research and ignite your passion for genealogy.

Glenfield Library will be hosting the North Shore Branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists
Saturday 19 August, 10am - 4pm
Do you know your past? Are you who you think you are? Members of the North Shore Branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists with the assistance of Auckland Libraries resources will be available to answer questions, steer you in the right direction with your Family History research and ignite your passion for genealogy.

Orewa Library
Recording Family Stories –  the role of oral history with Sue Berman
Wednesday 23 August, 11.30am – 1pm
Much of the richness of family history sits in the stories of our everyday lives as well as significant life cycle events - birth, deaths and marriage.
This talk will explore the tool of oral history recording. Sue Berman will share key tips for creating an enduring and meaningful record. This talk is appropriate for beginners!
RSVP required 09 427-3338, anchen.jetschko@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

The Thrill of chasing your Family History
Thursday 24 August, 11.30am - 12.30pm
The Why, the When, the How. The two Wendys from the Hibiscus Coast branch of the NZ Society of Genealogists will help you get started, discuss what is available from the local branch and explain how to search for records online, with a look at Ancestry.

Warkworth Library
Family History Day at the Warkworth Town Hall with Seonaid Lewis (right)  and Marie Hickey
Tuesday 22 August, 10am – 4pm
A day of family history presentations with Auckland Libraries genealogy experts.
10am - 11 am: Facebook for Genealogists
11am - 11.30am: Morning tea
11.30 - 12.30pm: Touching On Death
12.30pm - 1pm: Lunch
1pm - 2pm: Historic newspapers online
2.30pm - 4pm: 'Book a Librarian' sessions for expert help with your research.

Wellsford Library
Te Pou Aroha Community Cenotaph
Until 31 August, 9am-3pm daily
Share your stories of those who served and contribute to the national record of servicemen and servicewomen. The mobile kiosk is parked outside the library, enabling you to scan and upload your memorabilia directly into the Auckland Museum cenotaph database.

From the Family Album
Tuesday 1 August, 11am-12.30pm
Join Peter Marsh from the Albertland Heritage Centre as he shares some family history from World War I. Learn how to share your family photos and artefacts via the Community Cenotaph.


South and East Auckland

Highland Park Library
'Effective Searching' presented by Robyn Williams of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists
Monday 14 August, 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Robyn Williams of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists, will present a talk called 'Effective Searching.'  The audience will be shown free NZ and overseas databases which are used for searching family history.  Learn hints and tips on how to find your family by searching more effectively. 

Pukekohe Library
Making sense of the census with Seonaid Lewis
Thursday 3 August, 10am
Auckland Libraries’ family history librarian, Seonaid Lewis, will demonstrate how the UK census can enhance your family history research, as well as highlight the pitfalls that lie in wait to trip you up.

Touching on Death
Thursday 3 August, 1.30pm
Genealogists rather irreverently and ghoulishly talk about 'killing off their ancestors', but death is an important part of our research, just as in everyday life. As researchers, we can find out much about our ancestors from sources other than just death certificates. Seonaid Lewis, takes you through the different types of resources that can be used, and where they can be found when 'killing off your ancestor'.

Whakapapa: Finding your ground roots
Friday 4 August, 11am-12pm
Before the arrival of the Pakeha, Māori had no written literature but possessed rich and varied oral traditions which included haka [dance], waiata [song], tauparapara [chant], karanga [chant], poroporoaki [farewell], paki waitara [stories], whakapapa [genealogy], whakatauki [proverbs] and pepeha [tribal sayings]. Come and hear Tutepakiohewa Epere talk about what Whakapapa means to her and how you can get started with researching your own Whakapapa. To support Hera with her presentation will be Maata Biddle (Poukokiri Rangahau Māori) and Dena Jacob (Poukokiri Rangahau Māori), from Auckland Libraries’ Heritage and Research team. All welcome.

NZ Society of Genealogists, Franklin branch
Wednesday 9 August, 12pm-2pm
Curious about your Family History? Members of the Franklin branch of the NZ Society of Genealogists will help you on your journey of discovery. Find out about: • What resources are available online – free and pay sites • How to use a microfiche and what you might find • What to do with your research – how to file and display it • What the benefits are of becoming a member of NZSG.

The Albertlanders
Thursday 17 August, 10.30am-11.30am
In 1861, William Rawson Brame, a Birmingham Baptist minister, founded the Albertland Special Settlement Association, organising non-conformist immigrants to come to New Zealand as part of the last organised British settlement in New Zealand. On May 29th 1862, the migrant ships Matilda Wattenbach and Hanover departed from the London Docks bound for the Albertland Settlement in New Zealand, carrying the first load of an eventual 3000-plus settlers. Alicia Griffin, another one of our resident experts and with an ancestor who came to New Zealand as part of this scheme, will talk about where the Albertland settlement was and give a brief history of what became of it and the immigrants who settled there.

Geneaology eMagazines tutorial
Thursday 24 August, 11am-12pm
Our popular eMagazine app Zinio is being replaced by the new and improved RBdigital app. Come along and join resident expert Fiona and learn how you can read and download your favourite genealogy and family history magazines alongside hundreds of other popular titles. There are many awesome perks to the new app including no checkout period – the eMagazines are yours to keep and there is no limit to the number of eMagazines you can check out! Most importantly, it’s really easy so bring your tablet or iPad and follow along with the demonstration so you can use it from the comfort of your own home!

Sir Edmund Hillary Library (Papakura)
Te Pou Aroha Community Cenotaph - Discover your connection
Tuesday 4 July – Thursday 14 September
Share your stories of those who served.  Your memorabilia can be scanned and uploaded directly to the Auckland Museum cenotaph database.

Family History Fridays
Friday 25 August, 11am – 1pm
A monthly drop in session.  Get help with your 'brick wall' from members of the Papakura branch of the NZSG who will also advise you of the next step to take in your research.

Family History Research Day
Saturday 26 August, 9.30am – 1pm
Beginning to research or want ideas on where to search next?  The NZSG Papakura Branch and Sir Edmund Hillary Library will be here to advise you.  Wi-Fi available to access Ancestry.com Findmypast and many other resources.

Waiuku Library
Hands On family history
Thursday 10 August, 10.30am-11.30am
An introduction to using Auckland Libraries online resources - Ancestry, Findmypast and The Genealogist - to search family history. This is a BYO device session and as numbers are limited please contact Waiuku Library to book your space.

Curious about Genealogy
Wednesday 16 August, 10am-12pm
The Franklin branch of the NZ Society of Genealogists will be at the library offering information on such topics as online resources (what's free and what's not); using microfiche - births, deaths, marriages and other treasures; what to do with your research - how to file and display it; the benefits of becoming a member of the Society of Genealogists.

Historic newspapers online with Seonaid Lewis
Thursday 24 August, 10.30am – 12pm
Auckland Libraries’ family history librarian, Seonaid Lewis, will show you the fabulous online historic newspapers that you can use to help you with your family history research.

West Auckland

Massey Library
Break down those brick walls with Marie Hickey
Tuesday, 29 August, 10.30am
This lesson will give you some tips and tricks to get past family history

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