Auckland Libraries: Family History Expo 2021 Day 2

Family History Expo 2021 Day 2

See what Family History Expo events are happening on Sunday 15 August, 9am to 5pm 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 2 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 1 sessions, see the Family History Expo 2021 Day 1.

Morning sessions

Time and Venue
Title and Speaker
Description
9am - 9.50am
Waikowhai Room
Using DNA To Solve Unknown Parentage Mysteries
Michelle Leonard, Genes & Genealogy
Michelle will walk you through the process from choosing the correct tests to working with DNA results when you have no known family history information as reference.  She will demonstrate the most important techniques and practices required. Case studies will be included to show how DNA testing used in conjunction with traditional research can provide much sought-after answers.
10am - 10.50am
Waikowhai Room
Finding ancestors in maritime & migration records
Myko Clelland, FindmyPast
For those with relatives who left their homeland, this presentation looks at passenger lists, naval records (merchant and military) and records of migration to better tell the story of those who took to the seas.
10am - 10.50am
Lynfield Room
Records of the Scottish Poor
Emma Maxwell, Scottish Indexes
With low incomes and no Welfare State, our ancestors who became ill relied on the authorities to provide assistance when they could no longer work. In this presentation, we will look at who was responsible to provide poor relief, which records survive, what they tell us and how to access them. 
10am - 10.50am
Senior Citizens Room
Mapping the ancestors
Mark Bayley, The Genealogist
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.
​10.30am - 12pm
Whanau Family History Fun Corner, Mt Roskill Library
Children’s entertainment
​Vintage cartoons and movies from yesteryear.
With free popcorn.

Complete the Family History Quiz.
​11am - 11.50am
Waikowhai Room
​Maximising Messages
Michelle Patient, "the Patient Genie"
​We don’t always know our distant relatives, but we know they will have stories and treasures to help us in our research. How best to reach out? Michelle will share her tips and strategies for getting the most out of communicating with others who may not be as interested as we are in our research.
​11am - 11.50am
Lynfield Room
​Using Sheriff Court Records for Genealogy Research
Emma Maxwell, Scottish Indexes
​Sheriff Court records are packed with useful and interesting details for family history research - from criminal court cases to paternity cases and wills to apprenticeship records. In this presentation, we will look at the organisation of the Sheriff Courts, how to access the records and how to use them for family history research.
​11am - 11.50am
Senior Citizens Room
Finding ancestors in British Crime & Court records
Myko Clelland, FindmyPast
​The British legal system is full of many documents to tell you more about your ancestors, this presentation explores court and convict records, where to find them, the process that an accused would have gone through, from charge to punishment and beyond. Transportation, capital punishment and life in prison all feature to reveal the many records created during this process.
12pm - 12.50pm
Waikowhai Room
Thorough Searches on Ancestry.com
Jason Reeve, Ancestry
How do you effectively use the Ancestry.com general search, or card catalogue? What are wildcard searches or "exact/sounds-like" filters? Join Jason Reeve, Ancestry's Content Acquisition Manager for Australia and NZ as he explains how to get the most from your time on Ancestry.
12pm - 12.50pm
Lynfield Room
Tatai Whakapapa workshop
Auckland Libraries' Māori 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.
12pm - 12.50pm
Senior Citizens Room
Vagabond, Bastard or just poor?
Marie Hickey, Auckland Libraries
Many of us have ancestors who were poor. Often there is very little information to be found about them. However, there are many records about the poor that could give insight into the lives of your poorer ancestors. This talk is about more than just workhouse records.
12pm - 12.50pm
Mt Roskill Library
My Heritage Computer Workshop
John Soppet, Genealogical Computing Group
Learn about the records and some fabulous tips and tricks with www.myheritage.com - 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 - Break for lunch  

Sponsors Raffle draw 1.40pm. Collect your raffle prizes from the Information Desk. Visit our exhibitors in the Exhibition Hall.


Afternoon sessions

Time and Venue
Title and Speaker
Description
2pm - 2.50pm
Waikowhai Room
Getting past your New Zealand research roadblocks with NZSG Kiwi Collection
Sarah Hewitt, chair NZ Society of Genealogists
In this session, the New Zealand Society of Genealogists (NZSG) will introduce you to their new online Kiwi Collection. A meticulously-compiled index of over 11m records across 312 record sets it’s one of the most useful resources available to New Zealand family history researchers. This session is suitable for beginners or more experienced researchers. In association with this presentation, NZSG is raffling a free one-year Membership package including one-month free subscription to NZSG Kiwi Collection.
2pm - 2.50pm
Lynfield Room
The Government’s Memory – Archives New Zealand
Fiona Brooker, Memories in Time
Archives New Zealand is the holder of the government’s memory. With records dating from around 1840 to more recent transfers from government departments, and over 7 million archives, there is plenty to fascinate a family historian. In this presentation we will look at Archives New Zealand and how to access its records, with a focus on the record collections that are useful to family historians.
2pm - 2.50pm
Senior Citizens Room
An introduction to “Polynesian” DNA test results
Elena Fowler & Leilani Schmidt
For Polynesians, DNA testing offers a new way to learn about our families and genealogy, and new opportunities for making connections. 
However, for many Polynesians, using DNA test results to connect with family can be extra challenging. Join Elena and Leilani as they describe the main challenges and outline an alternative guide for analysing Polynesian DNA test results. All levels welcome. 
2pm - 2.50pm
Mt Roskill Library
The Genealogist Computer Workshop
Marie Hickey, Auckland Libraries
Learn about the records and some fabulous tips and tricks with the The Genealogist 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
When Your Tree Is a Banyan: Untangling Endogamy
Dr Leah Larkin, the DNAgeek
Endogamy is the practice of marrying within the same population. This talk will address how to identify endogamy in your family, both with and without a tree; how it affects the interpretation of DNA evidence; and best practices for working with endogamous populations. 
3pm - 3.50pm
Lynfield Room
Finding your way through the forest of YSTRs and YSNPs
Gail Riddell, FTDNA
The talk will look at STR testing and SNP testing on the Y chromosome. It will explain what STRs and SNPs are and how such tests can aid in a family's genealogical research.
3pm - 3.50pm
Senior Citizens Room
The treasures of our Nation(al Library)
Joan McCracken, AT/NatLib
Alexander Turnbull Library and the National Library are wonderful treasure troves for any historian seeking to find out more about Aotearoa New Zealand and its people.
4pm - 4.50pm
Waikowhai Room
Reviewing your research
Michelle Patient, "the Patient Genie"
Revisiting our research, along with access to newly available records and data, can provide new leads to follow which often results in opening up new branches to include in our ever-growing family trees. Michelle will discuss all this and more, while covering the benefits of reviewing your research.
​4pm - 4.50pm
Lynfield Room
MyHeritage & Legacy Family Tree Webinars – an introduction
Elena Fowler
​Join us to learn about how MyHeritage and Legacy Family Tree Webinars can help you to learn more about your family history and genealogy. All levels welcome.
​4pm - 4.50pm
Senior Citizens Room
From Here to There – a look at records for immigration to New Zealand
Marie Hickey, Auckland Libraries
​Apart from passenger lists where do you look if your person is nowhere to be found? It may be that you know the name of the ship but the only list you have only names those in 1st and 2nd class ignoring the masses in steerage. This presentation offers a number of alternative records that may enable you to establish an approximate time and place of arrival.


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