Auckland Libraries: Family History Expo 2020 Day 1

Family History Expo 2020 Day 1

See what Family History Expo events are happening on Saturday 8 August, 9am to 6pm at the Fickling Convention Centre .

Exhibition

Visit over 20 industry exhibitors dedicated to help you find your ancestors. The exhibition is open from 8.30am-6pm at the Hillsborough Room, lower ground floor of the Fickling Convention Centre. 

If you are an absolute beginner, head over to the Research Assistance table at the Puketāpapa Room by the main entrance to help you get started.

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.

Bring the children: Join the storytimes and activities at the Whānau Family History Fun Corner in Mt Roskill Library at 11am and 2pm. Get an activity booklet and/or Whakapapa research guide, a colouring in table with a family Coat of Arms, a Family Tree to pin your finished work on.

Get a Quiz sheet from either the library or the information desk. Complete and return to the Whānau Family History Fun Corner in Mt Roskill Library for a prize.


For Day 2 sessions, see the Family History Expo 2020 Day 2.

Morning sessions

Time
VenueTitle
Description
9am - 9.50am
Waikowhai Room 
Video Link John Grenham: Records of the Anglo-Irish
The Anglo-Irish ruled Ireland for more than two centuries and, proportionally, they migrated more than any other group. Despite the disastrous destruction of so many of their documents in 1922, there are still plenty of records. The talk focuses on three areas: the records of Ulster Office of Arms, the Registry of Deeds, and surviving papers of the great landed estates.
​9am - 9.50am
​Lynfield Room
​Video Link Curt Witcher: Historical research methodology: Engaging the process to find all the answers
This lecture emphasizes the importance of fundamental methodology, including working from present to past, documenting everything that is recorded, looking for data to reveal more information, and placing the research in the proper historical context.
10am - 10.50am
Waikowhai Room
Video Link John Grenham: The recent revolution in Irish genealogical research
Over the past decade, Irish research has gone from being one of the weirdest and most difficult in the world to one of the weirdest and least difficult in the world. The talk outlines the starting point and the changes, with plenty of practical examples.
​10am - 10.50am
​Lynfield Room
Video Link Curt Witcher: An ancestor's death -- A time for reaping
​This lecture focuses on challenging the true genealogical researcher to use the death event in an ancestor’s life as the gathering point for useful and significant documents. This talk, complemented with examples, spotlights numerous “happenings” surrounding an individual’s death that can generate records.
​10am - 10.50am
Senior Citizens​ Room
​Fiona Brooker, Memories in Time: Breaking through brick walls with DNA
Maybe one of the following sounds like you: You have a theory but you don’t have a document to link your ancestor to a potential family; there’s just too many to people with the same name to choose from; family trees say one thing, but your research shows something different. Hear how a DNA test might break a hole in that brick wall.
11am - 11.50am
Waikowhai Room
Video Link Jason Reeve, Ancestry: Introduction to Ancestry
Introduction to www.ancestry.com.au, with your opportunity to ask Jason some questions during Q&A time.
11am - 11.50am
Lynfield Room
Video Link Myko Clelland, Discovering your British and Irish ancestors with Findmypast
How do you get the best out of Findmypast? Join their resident genealogist and learn the tips, tricks and techniques to search like a master, as well as a host of exclusive record collections to get you further in your family history journey.
11am - 11.50am
Senior Citizens Room
Marie Hickey, Auckland Libraries: New Zealand family history records explained 
Which New Zealand records are available for the beginning family historian - how do they work and where do you access them?
​11am - 11.30am
​Mt Roskill Library
Whānau/Family History Fun Corner
​Family History storytime
Local Author  Melinda Szymanik will be reading from her book The Were-Nana: Not a Bedtime Story

​11.30am - 12pm
​Mt Roskill Library
Whānau/Family History Fun Corner
​Children's entertainment
​Songs and stories your Parents and Grandparents knew session 1: Ukulele singalong of songs from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Balloon magic and Pirate madness also on offer.
12pm - 12.50pm
Waikowhai Room
Video Link Curt Witcher: “Pain in the Access:” Getting more from the internet for Your genealogy
Library, archive, government, and GenWeb sites have much to offer genealogists. This presentation will demonstrate sites and strategies for getting meaningful data from the web, and assists genealogists to use the Internet for more than just hunting for names.
12pm - 12.50pm
Lynfield Room
Elena Fowler, My Heritage: What's new at MyHeritage and Legacy Family Tree webinars
MyHeritage has billions of historical records, millions of trees and a separate free website dedicated to genealogy and family history education. Legacy Family Tree Webinars has over 1000 hours of webinars, many of them free to view. Learn more about what MyHeritage and Legacy Family Tree Webinars have to offer.
12pm - 12.50pm
Senior Citizens Room
Auckland Libraries' Poukōkiri Rangahau Māori (Māori Specialist Librarians): Tatai Whakapapa workshop
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.
12pm - 12.50pm
Mt Roskill Library
Seonaid Lewis, Auckland Libraries: Findmypast computer class
Learn about the records and some fabulous tips and tricks with www.findmypast.com.au - book one of 12 library computers at the Expo information desk or bring your own laptop to access the library WiFi.

 

Break for lunch at 1pm - 1.50pm 

Visit our exhibitors in the Exhibition Hall (Hillsborough Room). There will be a sponsor's raffle draw at 1.40pm.

Afternoon sessions

Time
VenueTitleDescription
​2pm- 2.30pm
​Mt Roskill Library
Whānau/Family History Fun Corner
​Children's entertainment
​Songs and stories your Parents and Grandparents knew session 2: Children’s stories from when Radio was king. Flick The Little Fire Engine, Mary Poppins, Treasure Island and more. Played live on vinyl.
2pm - 2.50pm
Waikowhai Room
Fiona Brooker, Memories in Time: Exploring the UK Census
It’s so easy to find our ancestors on the census records now. But has it become too easy, a case of find them, link the census record to our tree and it’s done? We need to stop and look at the record, including the surrounding records, to find what they tell us that adds to our ancestors’ story.
2pm - 2.50pm
Lynfield Room
Jan Gow, Hooked on Genealogy and Bradley: FamilyTree Maker
Genealogy software program, FamilyTree Maker makes it easier than ever to discover your family story, preserve your legacy and share your unique heritage.
2pm - 2.50pm
Senior Citizens Room
Elena Fowler: Whakawhanaungatanga using DNA
Ko tō ringa ki ngā rākau Pākehā . Join us to learn how the results of your DNA test from Ancestry, MyHeritage or Family Tree DNA can help you connect with your whānau, hapū and iwi. Includes information helpful for all those from the Pacific as well as anyone wanting to understand how to work with DNA results impacted by founder effect, bottlenecks and/or endogamy.
2pm - 2.50pm
Mt Roskill Library
Marie Hickey, Auckland Libraries: Ancestry computer class
Learn about the records and some fabulous tips and tricks with www.ancestry.com.au - book one of 12 library computers at the Expo information desk or bring your own laptop to access the library WiFi.
3pm - 3.50pm
Waikowhai Room
Joan McCracken, National Library: National Libraries' Online Resources
Joan will give some tips on using digitised material from the Alexander Turnbull Library, PapersPast, Digital New Zealand, and how to make the most of the National Library online resources. She will also give guidance on making the most of your visit when you do come to Wellington.
3pm - 3.50pm
Lynfield Room
Michelle Patient: Reviewing your research – or how to get past that roadblock in your tree
Brick walls and roadblocks are found in most family trees, but reviewing the evidence with fresh eyes can help move past or around these barriers. It is worth revisiting our early work to see if resources have been missed or if new records have become available. Michelle will provide a checklist, and discuss DNA and the benefits of reviewing your research.
3pm - 3.50pm
Senior Citizens Room
Andrew Peteru: Samoan GAFA (genealogy)







Christine Liava’a: What is out there? The records of the German, British, NZ and American Samoas.
Andrew Peteru's talk: Samoan genealogy or gafa is often based on conflicting family oral narratives and national historical discourse riddled with political, colonial, and Christian influences. How does one tell family history without disrupting century old beliefs, potentially breaking up families, and impacting on those currently holding lands and titles?

Christine Liava’a's talk: A survey of the documentary sources available for doing genealogical research in Samoa, discussing their value, particularly for persons of mixed descent, and where they can be found.
4pm - 4.50pm
Waikowhai Room
Jan Gow: ScotlandsPeople
For those of us lucky enough to be of Scottish heritage, www.ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk is the website to go to! Learn tips and tricks of how to make the best of your credits - and see what’s new on this fabulous website.
4pm - 4.50pm
Lynfield Room
Joanne Graves, Auckland Libraries: Exploring Kura
If you’re new to Auckland Libraries’ Kura Heritage Collections, then come along and see what discoveries you could make on this free and accessible online platform. Launched in 2019, Kura is continually being updated with new treasures, from images, maps, audio, manuscripts and indexes that tell the story of Tāmaki Makaurau and its people.
4pm - 4.50pm
Senior Citizens Room
Leilani Schmidt: Samoan DNA
Hundreds of Samoans have taken a DNA test in the hope of learning more about their family - e.g. to trace the origins of their European, Chinese, Tongan and/or Samoan ancestors, connect with unknown and known family members, and find their biological family if adopted. Join us at this talk to learn about how to better understand your DNA test results from Ancestry, MyHeritage and Family Tree DNA.
​4.50pm
​Exhibition Hall - Hillsborough Room

​Sponsors raffle draw
Collect your prizes from the Information Desk.
5pm - 5.50pm
Waikowhai Room
Recording John Grenham: Records of the Anglo-Irish
The Anglo-Irish ruled Ireland for more than two centuries and, proportionally, migrated more than any other group. Despite the disastrous destruction of so many of their documents in 1922, there are still plenty of records. The talk focuses on three areas: the records of Ulster Office of Arms, the Registry of Deeds and surviving papers of the great landed estates.
5pm - 5.50pm
Lynfield Room
Recording Curt Witcher: Historical research methodology: Engaging the process to find all the answers
This lecture emphasizes the importance of fundamental methodology, including working from present to past, documenting everything that is recorded, looking for data to reveal more information, and placing the research in the proper historical context.


For Day 2 sessions, see the Family History Expo 2020 Day 2.


General information

Get venue details and more information on the Auckland Family History Expo 2020.