Family History Month is celebrated every year during August across Aotearoa and Australia. It’s a chance to learn more about researching your whakapapa/family history, whatever stage you’re at, and explore ways to share your stories with whānau and friends.

Family History Month Events Calendar

There are several major events happening around the motu for family historians, with Auckland and Christchurch both offering Family History Expos, and Wellington hosting a Family History Research Day.

For the two Expos, international speakers will be beaming in via the internet, and expert Kiwi genealogists will be presenting in person. There are opening events being held on the Friday nights for which you need to book and pay a small charge, and then the Saturday and Sunday are free entry.

The Auckland Expo programme is available on their website, and you can download a copy of the Christchurch Expo’s programme [PDF 297KB] – some of the sessions in Christchurch require registration, so register for the ones you’re interested in beforehand.

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For events in Australia, take a look at the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations (AFFHO)’s events calendar.  They’re hosting opening and closing ceremonies with online presentations from Shauna Hicks and Fiona Brooker.

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

And to start you off in your research at home, take a look at the guides at Archives New Zealand.