Auckland Libraries: Family History Expo 2021 Day 1

Family History Expo 2021 Day 1

See what Family History Expo events are happening on Saturday 14 August, 9am to 6pm at the Fickling Convention Centre .

Exhibition

Open from 8.30am-6pm at the Hillsborough Room  

Visit over 20 industry exhibitors dedicated to help you find your ancestors.  

If you are an absolute beginner, visit the Research Assistance table and learn how to get started with pedigree charts. Children, visit the exhibitors tables to find answers for the treasure hunt!

Day 1 sessions

All sessions are free. No need to book for seminars. Seats are on a first come first serve basis. Seminar rooms will be emptied out after each presentation. Reserving seats is not allowed.

Booking is necessary for computer-based tutorials. Booking is only available on the day at the information desk. There are only 12 computers available for each tutorial, but you may also join in with your own laptop.


For Day 2 sessions, see the Family History Expo 2021 Day 2.

Morning sessions

Time and Venue
Title and Speaker
Description
9am - 9.50am
Waikowhai Room
Finding Lydia Harvey: Family history and the importance of telling lost stories
Dr Julia Laite, historian and author
In 1909, at the age of 16, Lydia Harvey was lured by false promises to Buenos Aires and then to London, to work in the sex trade. As an academic historian, Julia Laite first discovered Lydia Harvey in a police archive file, and initially assumed that this brief appearance in the historical record was her last. But thanks to the research techniques and resources of family history, she has been able to reconstruct Lydia's life, alongside the lives of others who were entangled in this sensational case. See Julia Laite's book on Lydia Harvey a review of the book  and a podcast on the case .
10am - 10.50am
​Waikowhai Room
Combining DNA & Traditional Research: Scottish Case Studies
Michelle Leonard, Genes & Genealogy
This presentation will concentrate on several in-depth Scottish case studies that demonstrate what can be achieved when you combine long-established research methods with DNA test results. These case studies will cover verification of family tree lines, the breaking of brick walls, the testing of hypotheses and the solving of unfathomable mysteries.
10am - 10.50am
Lynfield Room
Breaking down brick walls in your family history research
Mark Bayley, The Genealogist
Resolve stumbling blocks in your family history research using new and unique search strategies to find missing relatives. Techniques covered include searching for a family using just forenames, keyword search tools and other advanced search techniques. The talk also covers unique data sets such as Tithe records, Occupational Records, Non-Conformist records, Will images, Parish Records, Military Records, Directories, Newspapers and more.
​10am - 10.50am
Senior Citizens Room
Tips and Tricks for using scottishindexes.com
Emma Maxwell, Scottish Indexes
For 20 years, genealogists Graham and Emma Maxwell have been indexing historical records, and these indexes are available for free on Scottish Indexes . We will look at the records indexed and available in ‘Scotland's Criminal Database’, the ‘Scottish Paternity Index’ and ‘Mental Health Records’ as well as other records on scottishindexes.com.
​10.30am - 12pm
Whanau Family History Fun Corner, Mt Roskill Library
Family History StoryTime and children’s entertainment
​10.30am - Ukulele Group playing songs your parents know.
11am - Pirate Themed Story Time with Treasure Hunt and Pirate in Residence.
12pm - Finish

Complete the Family History Quiz for prizes.
​11am - 11.50am
Waikowhai Room
Organising Your DNA Matches: GDAT & Other Tools
Michelle Leonard, Genes & Genealogy
​This presentation will explore DNA match organisation and how to use it to enhance your genealogical research. It will include practical examples of how to make the best use of tools such as GDAT, GEDMatch (Tier 1) and DNA Painter. These tools can help with understanding, interpreting and organising DNA results and, ultimately, can contribute to how successful you are in identifying matches and making breakthroughs via DNA testing.
​11am - 11.50am
Lynfield Room
​Understanding Kirk Session Records
Emma Maxwell, Scottish Indexes
​Newly released on ScotlandsPeople, the Kirk Session records are a basic building block to family history research. In this presentation, we will look at exactly what a ‘Kirk Session’ is, what records they create and how we access and search them. 
​11am - 11.50am
Senior Citizens Room
​Using Ancestry.com for family history, and an introduction to AncestryDNA
Jason Reeve, Ancestry
How can you find the help you need to overcome obstacles with your research and why should you use AncestryDNA? Join Jason Reeve, Ancestry's Content Acquisition Manager for Australia and NZ as he explains how to use Ancestry, taking an AncestryDNA test and discovering your own family history.
12pm - 12.50pm
Waikowhai Room
Get Smart – Track and Display your Research
Fiona Brooker, Memories in Time
This presentation wraps around the research process, giving you some tips and ideas on how to plan and track your research. Once the research has been completed (or let’s face it never completed), discover some ways to share what you have found out with your family.
12pm - 12.50pm
Lynfield Room
The Portrait Detective: Q&A with Margot Riley, State Library of NSW
Cassie Gilmartin & Margot Riley, The Portrait Detectives
Join Portrait Detective podcast hosts, Cassie Gilmartin and Margot Riley, as they discuss the mysteries of dating portrait images. Margot and Cassie will talk about the history of photography and fashion and offer tips on understanding more about the portraits in your family history collections. 
12pm - 12.50pm
Mt Roskill Library
Findmypast Computer Workshop
Maggie Gaffney, MG Historical Research
Learn about the records and some fabulous tips and tricks with Findmypast  - book for one of the library’s 12 computers at the Expo information desk, or bring your own laptop to participate via the Library’s WiFi.
12pm - 12.50pm
Senior Citizens
Tatai Whakapapa
Auckland Libraries' Maori specialists
Whakapapa is about people, and is a link to whenua, heritage, and identity. For many it is taonga. Broaden your understanding of whakapapa. Our Poukōkiri Rangahau Māori (senior Māori research librarians) are here to guide you. Nau mai, haere mai, karawhiti mai rā e.

 

1pm - 1.50pm - Break for lunch 

Sponsors Raffle draw 1.40pm. Collect your raffle prizes from the Information Desk. Visit our exhibitors in the Exhibition Hall. Children, visit the exhibitors' tables to find answers for the treasure hunt!


Afternoon sessions

Time and Venue
Title and Speaker
Description
2pm - 2.50pm
Waikowhai Room
FamilySearch – Hidden Gems
Michael Higgins, FamilySearch
Have you unlocked all of FamilySearch's features? Let Michael take you through Search functionality including record search and catalogue search, Family Tree, historical records, memories, images and oral genealogies. Find out what the Research Wiki and Online Help have to offer.
2pm - 2.50pm
Lynfield Room
Using newspapers for research
Cassie Gilmartin, editor, The Portrait Detective
Newspapers contain a wealth of information about our ancestors and add context and colour to their lives. Join editor and podcast host Cassie Gilmartin as she discusses how to use newspapers to help with your family history research.
2pm - 2.50pm
Senior Citizens Room
MyHeritage DNA – latest updates
Elena Fowler
Join us to learn about how the latest tools and features offered to MyHeritageDNA testers can help you learn more about your family history and genealogy. All levels welcome. 
2pm - 2.50pm
Mt Roskill Library
Ancestry computer workshop
Michelle Patient, "the Patient Genie"
Learn about the records and fabulous tips and tricks with Ancestry Library edition - book for one of the library’s 12 computers at the Expo information desk, or bring your own laptop to participate via the Library’s WiFi.
3pm - 3.50pm
Waikowhai Room
Introduction to “What Are the Odds?” (WATO)
Dr Leah Larkin, the DNAgeek
“What Are the Odds?” (WATO) is a revolutionary new tool at DNApainter.com  that allows you to test different hypotheses for where the “target person” fits into a documented tree. This talk will provide a general overview of the tool, how to use it, and how to interpret the results.
3pm - 3.50pm
Lynfield Room
Tips and updates from PapersPast
Emerson Vandy, AT/NatLib
PapersPast is 25 years old! Its come along way since its inception. Come along and hear Emerson show you what's new.
3pm - 3.50pm
Senior Citizens Room
FamilyTreeMaker
Bradley Greer & Jan Gow
FamilyTree Maker makes it easier than ever to discover your family story, preserve your legacy and share your unique heritage.
4pm - 4.50pm
Waikowhai Room
Researching early Irish convicts
Cassie Gilmartin, editor, The Portrait Detective
In 1800, Irish convicts made up third of the European population in the colony. Join editor and podcast host Cassie Gilmartin as she discusses some of the outlandish and fascinating characters from the era, as well as offers tips to help you with your Irish convict research. 
4pm - 4.50pm
Lynfield Room
digitalPasifik –  Pacific Heritage website
Taputukura Raea, digitalPasifik
digitalPasifik is a website to explore, discover and view the diverse cultural heritage of the Pacific. It allows Pacific people to access their digitised cultural heritage. Find out how the team is making these records visible, and how you can contribute!
4pm - 4.50pm
Senior Citizens Room
Exploring English ancestors from afar
Michelle Patient, "the Patient Genie"
Have you found family who arrived from England? What records should you look for? Where can you find them online? How different are they compared to New Zealand records? Michelle will show the way she researches her English lines.
​5pm - 5.50pm
Waikowhai Room
Records of the British in India
Myko Clelland, FindmyPast
​For those with relatives that travelled to the subcontinent, Findmypast has the largest collection of exclusive records online. Explore these in detail and learn how to get the best out of them, along with historical context to give deeper understanding of life in colonial India. 
​5pm - 5.50pm
Lynfield Room
​Digital gateway to Auckland province
Liam Appleton, Auckland Libraries
​Auckland Libraries’ Kura database is a digital gateway into local and family histories from across the Auckland province. From photos, to passenger lists, to historical map, and more, Kura is a valuable trove for family historians. Navigate the various collections and take a refresher on handy search tips for getting the most out of the Auckland Libraries Heritage database.  Liam also highlights some of the new and exciting additions to the online collections. 
5pm - 5.50pm
Senior Citizens Room
Scotlands People
Jan Gow
The ScotlandsPeople website  is the official Scottish Government site for searching government records and archives. It is a partnership between the National Records of Scotland and the Court of the Lord Lyon. Come and hear Jan explain how you may use it to research your Scottish ancestry.


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