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Family History Month - August 2021

Ancestry Library Edition – Introductory Tutorial

Ancestry Library Edition is a research tool offering comprehensive, international genealogical information online, with more than 5 billion names within thousands of collections. During this introductory session, you will learn tips for effective searching on Ancestry Library Edition, including records that are available in the UK and New Zealand.

Covered in the tutorial:

  • Search tips for using Ancestry
  • Record collections for New Zealand
  • Record collections for the UK
  • Viewing Public Member Trees
  • How to send records home from the library

No devices required. Free. Registration required.

Greerton Library
Wednesday, 11 August from 10-11.30am
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Tauranga Library
Saturday, 21 August from 10-11.30am
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Family History Talks at Pāpāmoa Library

Join us for a morning of family history discovery with our two guest speakers: Elinor Rawlings and Morag Hughson.

Elinor will share her own story while giving a broad introduction to the "where to go and what to do" of family history research. This session will introduce new people to the world of family history and genealogy research, offering a quick look at the difference between the two concepts and a peek at the range of places that are free to research and are a great place to start.

Morag Hughson will discuss useful ways to discover more about your Scottish ancestry. The Scotland's People website is the only place you can see the images of Scottish records such as Old Parish Records and Statutory Records (which provide you with dates for births, baptisms, marriages and death) and Scottish Census returns where you can learn about the familial relationships of people who lived in the same households and start to put together a picture of your ancestral families. Scotland's People is a pay-per-records website and you can find yourself spending a lot of money. In this presentation we will look at the Scotland's People website search facilities and discuss when it is prudent not to spend money on the website and look elsewhere for transcriptions.

Tea/coffee and biscuits available. Free. Registration required.

Pāpāmoa Library

Saturday, 14 August from 10am-12noon
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Special Drop-In Genealogy Help Session

August is Family History Month and we are excited to be hosting an informative drop-in session for members of the public who are interested in learning more about discovering their family history. Pop in and stay for as long as you wish. Throughout the morning there will be presentations on a number of useful resources and one-to-one assistance will be available from our genealogy experts.

Bring your own device if you wish.

Tauranga Library (Ngā Wāhi Rangahau)
Saturday, 28 August from 10am-12noon
Free. No registration is required. 

Oral History Workshops

Alexander Turnbull Library Outreach Services offer workshops for people considering using oral history in their work, community or personal projects. The training is based on the principles enshrined in the National Oral History Association of New Zealand (NOHANZ)’s Code of Ethical and Technical Practice, and international archival standards.

This two-day workshop will be taught by Megan Hutching, oral historian, and Lynette Shum, Oral History Advisor. All equipment is provided and all participants receive comprehensive guides and resources and a certificate of attendance.

Greerton Library
Day 1: Introduction to Oral History
Thursday, 5 August from 8.45am–4.30pm

Day 2: Recording Seriously
Thursday, 2 September from 8.45am–4.30pm

Cost: $300 per person for both days

For further information and to register, contact:

Outreach Services
Phone: 04 462 3935

Drop-In Genealogy Help

Need help with your genealogy research? Call in at one of our regular genealogy help sessions hosted by local genealogy experts. Bring along your laptop if you have one and any details you have already collected.

Tauranga Library (Ngā Wāhi Rangahau)
Tuesday, 10 August from 10am-12noon

Pāpāmoa Library
Friday, 27 August from 10am-12noon

Free. No registration is required. 

Family Activity – Make a Family Tree

Drop into Tauranga Library to assemble and decorate an MDF tree, then add your family members’ names and/or images to it. 

Note: Parents are expected to stay with their children. In the unlikely event of supplies running out, a replacement activity will be available.

Tauranga Library
Saturday, 7 August from 10-11.30am

Free. No registration is required.

Posted: Jun 25, 2021,
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