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Family History Month 2020

Family History Month is almost upon us!

There are two major events happening during August in New Zealand for family historians, with Auckland and Christchurch both offering Family History Expos.

The ongoing health crisis has meant several international speakers haven’t been able to visit this year, but event organisers are providing virtual presentations instead, and our own expert Kiwi genealogists will be presenting in person. Auckland Expo’s programme is now up on their website, and Christchurch Expo’s programme is also available now.

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You can check out other family history events taking place, both in person and online, in the Family History Month Events calendar. (Let me know if you’d like your event added.)

August is also Family History Month in Australia. The Society of Australian Genealogists have shifted all their events online until the end of the year and there’s a fantastic range of webinars available, including these two that are free in August:

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Wherever you are in New Zealand, I hope you find something to inspire you in your research!

 

The (genetic) force is strong in this one ~ Ann Philp of Fife

Back in March I got to hear several presentations from Angie Bush, and I loved the way she presented DNA matches in charts using Lucidchart. So, I thought it might be interesting to try it out on one of my father’s family lines where he has quite a few matches.

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Genie Party on the Sunshine Coast ~ Family History Down Under 2021

Family History Down Under is taking place on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia, on March 22 – 26 in 2021. If you’ve not been to a large genealogy conference before, this would be an amazing place to start.

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Samuel Lewis Atlas of Ireland, portion of County Kerry

One index is not like the other

I’ve been delving back into my Kerry roots recently, on the hunt for my Callaghans who were leasing land in several townlands during the 19th century, most notably in Kilfelim and Ballymacdonnell in the parish of Killeentierna. 

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Blaine Bettinger at DNA Down Under in Sydney 2019

DNA to the Max ~ Sydney 2019

I’ve just spend three days attending the DNA to the Max event in Sydney, part of Unlock the Past’s DNA Down Under roadshow.  My verdict: phenomenal!

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Auckland Family History Expo ~ 2019

Auckland Libraries and the New Zealand Society of Genealogists (NZSG) Computing Group organise the annual Auckland Family History Expo, as part of the August’s Family History month festivities here in New Zealand. Last time I attended was two years ago, so I was looking forward to this year’s event.

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1857 marriage register entry for George Tunnecliff and Elizabeth Barber, Auckland (NZ Births, Deaths & Marriages 1857/929)

George Tunnecliffe of Taranaki — and Tean?

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series The Tunnecliffes of Taranaki

My 3 x great grandfather George Tunnecliffe (or Tunnecliff/Tunnicliff/Tunnicliffe) arrived in New Zealand aboard the Dinapore, landing in Auckland on 5th of August 1857. Three days later he married a fellow passenger, Elizabeth Barber, and they made their home in the province of Taranaki.

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Family History Month 2019

August is Family History Month in New Zealand and Australia, and there’s quite a bit going on for both hardened researchers and those just starting out. Here are a few events happening in the Wellington region and a couple further afield.

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The Travelling Genie

It’s been over a month since we arrived back from a family trip to the UK, where I managed to squeeze in a few genealogy-related activities.

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RootsTech 2018 ~ livestreaming from Salt Lake City, Utah

RootsTech is the annual genealogy-meets-technology conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah, and this year is being held Wednesday 28th February to Saturday 3rd March. Not all of us can make it over there in person, but we can watch some of the presentations at home. Inspired by Sylvia Valentine who has “translated” the timetable…

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