Family History Month this year has been an interesting one! I managed to get to one in-person Expo in Auckland right before New Zealand went into a level 4 lockdown, due to a Covid 19 case being detected in the community. The organisers of the Christchuch Expo, to be held the following weekend, leapt into action and set up a virtual event in place of the cancelled in-person version, which they’d had to do last year as well.
Other events around the motu have had to be cancelled, but thankfully AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations)’s closing presentation this evening (8pm NZST / 6pm AEST) is via Zoom and there’s still time to register. It features Christchurch genealogist Fiona Brooker from Memories in Time talking about how to use the UK’s 1939 Register for your family history research.
To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be sent an invite for the Zoom session.
If you feel inspired after Fiona’s presentation, you can search and view open records of the 1939 Register through Findmypast and Ancestry, and transcriptions through My Heritage. Searching is free, but you’ll need a subscription to view images and full transcriptions. Findmypast also has a very useful 1939 Register map search.
Disclosure: I’m a Global Ambassador for Findmypast, helping to highlight records you can find, plus news and upcoming events. As part of the Friends of Findmypast program, I receive a free Australian Pro subscription.
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