Auckland Libraries: Family History Expo 2022 Day 2

Family History Expo 2022 Day 2

See what Family History Expo events are happening on Sunday 14 August, 8.30am to 4.30pm at the Fickling Convention Centre .

Visit over 20 industry exhibitors dedicated to helping you find your ancestors! If you're an absolute beginner, head over to the Research Assistance table and learn the mysteries of pedigree charts and how to get started.

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.
  • Bring your laptops to take full advantage of the workshops and tutorials.

For Day 1 sessions, see the Family History Expo 2022 Day 1.

Morning sessions

Time and Venue
Title and Speaker
​8.30am - 4.30pm
​Hillsborough Room

 ​Visit over 20 family history industry exhibitors!​
9am - 9.50am
Waikowhai Room
Zoom: Integrating DNA and Family History Research at MyHeritage

Daniel Horowitz
The MyHeritage DNA test can contribute immeasurably to your family history research. Learn to leverage MyHeritage’s advanced tools and discover how the platform integrates your family tree with your DNA information to help you gain a deeper understanding of your origins.
​Lynfield Room
​Overflow room for keynote if needed.
Senior Citizens Room

Hidden in the Small Print

Mia Bennett

Discover how little details can reveal the answer to your problems. This talk looks at where additional information may be hidden within documents that you have already viewed, taking you through different ways of examining and viewing records to get more from them. Often it is these small clues that can help you break through brick walls.
Waikowhai Room

Using for Family History, and an Introduction to AncestryDNA

Jason Reeve, Ancestry

Have you heard of Why should you use it? How can you find the help you need to overcome obstacles with your research and where does AncestryDNA fit in to the picture?

Join Jason Reeve,’s Content Acquisition Manager for Australia and New Zealand, as he explains using Ancestry, taking an AncestryDNA test and discovering your own family history.
Lynfield Room

Tracing Property in England – from Domesday to Present Day

Maggie Gaffney

A whistle-stop tour of some of the key resources for tracing land and property in England from the Domesday Survey in 1086 to today. From manorial records to title deeds, tithe records to ordnance survey maps, there is a vast range of documentation relating to the ownership, occupation and use of land and property in England, from tiny tenements to large estates. By researching the places where our ancestors lived and worked, we can gain a greater understanding of them and their communities.
Senior Citizens Room

That Scoundrel George

Judy Russell, aka The Legal Genealogist

​Tracking a black sheep ancestor through the records can be great fun – and a great challenge. When every record he ever left appears to be a lie, where is the truth to be found?
11am - 11.50am
​Waikowhai Room

Another Four Sources for New Zealand Family History

Fiona Brooker, Memories in Time

Join Fiona as she explores the use of magazines & journals, parliamentary papers, coroner’s records and parish records for your family history.

Lynfield Room

Family Tree Maker

Bradley Greer

Bradley has been studying genealogy with his grandmother since he was 10 years old and has been presenting Family Tree Maker at the Auckland Family History Expo since its release in 2017. Come along learn about the features of this popular genealogy software.
​Senior Citizens Room

Exploring Kura

Liam Appleton, Auckland Libraries

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.
​12pm - 12.50pm
Waikowhai Room
No, No Nanette! What Negative Evidence is … and isn’t.

Judy Russell (US) aka The Legal Genealogist
Negative evidence is the hardest type of evidence to understand or use in genealogical research. Negative evidence arises “from an absence of a situation or information in extant records where that information might be expected,” and so it is, as the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes told us in the short story ‘Silver Blaze’, the “curious incident . . . in the night-time” - the thing we would expect to see or hear but that just isn't there. Learn more about what negative evidence is, what it isn’t - and how to use it.
Lynfield Room
Tātai Whakapapa Workshop

Auckland Libraries' Poukōkiri Rangahau Māori (Māori Specialist Librarians)
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.

Senior Citizens Room
A road map for mtDNA: the mothers' line

Elena Fowler, FTDNA

DNA test results can often answer genealogy questions when other sources fail. Autosomal DNA (atDNA) is the most common type of DNA test, but it has limitations. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) testing can often be a valuable next step. The unique inheritance pattern of mtDNA allows us to make connections and support our family history and genealogy research well beyond the time of written records. Join us to learn how mtDNA test results from Family Tree DNA can help you to learn more about your family.

Mt Roskill Library
Findmypast Computer Class

Maggie Gaffney
Learn about the records and some fabulous tips and tricks with the website 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.
​1pm - 1.50pm
​Lunchtime seminar. Bring your lunch.

Senior Citizens Room
Mapping the Ancestors (Updated 2022)

Mark Bayley, The Genealogist (UK)
​Mark demonstrates the map record collections and tools that are available for researching your British roots. The talk features tithes, the 1910 land survey, surname maps and an innovative tool to view these maps in relation to modern-day maps - MapExplorer.

Break for lunch.
​Visit our exhibitors in the Exhibition Hall.

​Hillsborough Room
​Sponsors Raffle draw
​Collect your raffle prizes from the Information Desk.


Afternoon sessions

Time and Venue
Title and Speaker
​2pm - 2.50pm
Waikowhai Room
Convict Ancestors: Fascinating and Frustrating to Research

Shauna Hicks
This talk looks at the resources available for researching convicts in both Australia and the UK. It draws on the speaker’s own experiences in researching her convict ancestors.
Lynfield Room
The Irish in the 1921 Census of England and Wales

Brian Donovan, Findmypast
There were over 360,000 Irish born people living in Britain in 1921, reflecting the ongoing migration out of Ireland in search of work and opportunity. Approximately 80% of all Irish emigrants in 1921 travelled to Britain, and the majority were women. Their story is an important part of the 1921 census returns for England & Wales. But there were also millions of descendants of those impoverished Irish famine migrants that had settled in Britain in the 19th century and earlier. The lives and travails of their descendants are richly documented in this exciting new source.
Senior Citizens Room
Oral History for Family Historians

Sue Berman, Auckland Libraries
Ngā Pātaka Kōrero o Tāmaki Makaurau - Auckland Libraries holds oral histories and sound recordings that contribute to a diverse and ranging “Auckland Stories’ archive”. 

In this presentation, Principal Oral History Advisor Sue Berman will share narratives from the collections that illustrate the richness of the social and cultural history of people and place, drawing on content from across the region and across the decades. 
Mt Roskill Library
The Genealogist Computer Class

Marie Hickey
Learn about the records and some fabulous tips and tricks with the website 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
Bringing Family Photos to Life on MyHeritage

Daniel Horowitz
Take a tour of all MyHeritage’s game-changing photo features. From enhancing and colorizing your photos with the Photo Enhancer and MyHeritage In Color™, to animating the faces with Deep Nostalgia™ and making them speak with DeepStory. Learn how to use MyHeritage to breathe new life into your old family photos.
Lynfield Room
The New Zealand Society of Genealogists - Now and Into The Future!

Melanie Middleton
The New Zealand Society of Genealogists have been helping the genealogists of New Zealand and beyond since 1967. Find out more about the benefits of membership and our plans for the future.
Senior Citizens Room
A Stitch Through Time

Michelle Patient
Genealogist Michelle Patient threads aspects of geology, genealogy and embroidery together as she shares historic and family history elements from the story of a Dunedin woman, Gay Eaton.

This talk explores Gay Eaton's journey in order to understand, preserve and share the history, traditions and stories surrounding Ukrainian whitework embroidery. Michelle Patient shows how Gay not only preserved the stitch techniques she used, but also the family stories, symbolism and the many cultural uses of these traditional embroideries.

Hillsborough Room
Final raffle
 Sponsors raffle draw in the Exhibition Hall.
  • Collect your prizes from the Information Desk.

Closing address and thanks to sponsors, volunteers, and supporters.​ ​

Auckland Family History Expo closes at 4.30pm.​ ​

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