Ancestry in August talks are underway

Gábor Tóth, local history specialist at Wellington City Libraries, talking about resources for genealogy research
Gábor Tóth, local history specialist at Wellington City Libraries, talking about resources for genealogy research

Family History Month is underway and it was great to see so many people at our first lunchtime seminar on Tuesday who were interested in finding out more about using library resources to help with their genealogical research.

Our second free Ancestry in August talk this Tuesday (9th August, 12 noon – 1pm at Central Library) will be given by Emerson Vandy, Digital Services Manager of the National Library of  New Zealand.  Emerson will be talking about Papers Past, a popular database run by the National Library, which has opened up a huge new source of source of genealogical information for researching family history in New Zealand.   The collection of digitised newspapers and periodicals covers the years 1839 to 1945 and includes 68 publications from all regions of New Zealand.  You can use and search Papers Past for free on our computers at any of our branch libraries or from anywhere you have internet access.

Papers Past have just published their two-millionth page and to celebrate this landmark they are holding a competition called “Find yourself in the past/Lose yourself in the papers”.  To enter simply search Papers Past for your name and find the most interesting match for your namesake.  All entries go in the draw to win a Kobo e-book reader – click on the competition link for more details.

Ancestry in August – free genealogy talks at Central Library

To celebrate Family History Month, Wellington City Libraries is holding a series of lunchtime talks for anyone interested in learning more about researching their family tree. Come along to Central Library and join us on the 2nd (top) floor at lunchtime on Tuesdays in August to learn more. All the sessions are free and there’s no need to book – just turn up on the day.

blog-posterAn Introduction to Genealogy at Wellington City Libraries
Tuesday 2nd August, 12noon-1pm

Gábor Tóth and Jessica Berg take you through some of the resources available to begin your family history research and help explain their strengths and weaknesses. The talk will include an overview of the library edition of ancestry.com, a powerful new database which is free to use at any Wellington City library branch.

Papers Past: a guide to the database and its use in genealogy
Tuesday 9th August, 12noon-1pm
Emerson Vandy, Digital Services Manager of the National Library of New Zealand, will introduce this database which has opened up a huge new source of genealogical information for researching family history in New Zealand up to 1945.

Finding your Whakapapa: an introduction to Maori genealogy
Tuesday 16 August, 12noon-1pm
Presented by Brenda Joyce from the Maori Interest Group of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists, this talk will help explain some of the intricacies associated with researching Maori family history.

BDM and Beyond: a guide to official records and more
Tuesday 23 August, 12noon-1pm
Jessica Berg from Wellington City Libraries presents an overview of using official birth, death and marriage records, including related records to help you find the next link in your family history.

Wellington Local History Resources: an introduction to Wellington-specific resources and their use
Tuesday 30 August, 12noon-1pm
Gábor Tóth, local history specialist at Wellington City Libraries, will give an overview of some of the lesser known sources of information which can be used to research ancestors who may have lived within Wellington.

If you have any queries about these seminars, please contact Gábor Tóth, phone 803-8572

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