ANZAC Day – Your Ancestors’ Military Past

GenealogyInterested in researching your family history?
From time to time we’ll be posting genealogy facts and advice here on the News Blog.
For other blog entries on genealogy, click on the tag “genealogy” at the bottom of this post.

Australians and New Zealanders know ANZAC day – 25th April – as a national day of remembrance to honour members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I.

Did you have a relative who took part in WW1? Would you like to read their Military Personnel Record?

Military records can provide amazing details for genealogists, especially ages and places of birth, while they can also expand family histories with information about campaigns, conduct and even physical descriptions of ancestors.

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Put the kettle on!

So far we have had Gongfu Cha at Johnsonville library, English morning tea time with Ruth Gotlieb and last Thursday night we had Masala tea with Shani and Joji of Ispice at Karori library. I had the pleasure of listening to Shani’s presentation and tasting their wonderful Masala tea, and it was excellent! If you missed out  it is not too late, the demonstration will be repeated in Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) library next Thursday from 7-8pm. All welcome!

Friday night (April 1) at Newtown Library, Matt from People’s Coffee will talk about fair trade coffee growers’ traditions, and you will have an opportunity to sample some of their delicious coffee. And last but certainly not least Oromia – Ethiopian coffee ceremony with Taitu Lemessa at Cummings Park Tuesday 5  April at 11 am.

Share your family traditions and experience coffee and tea drinking ceremonies from around the world at your local library!

Wellington City Libraries are also recording stories of cultural family traditions. We would love to hear you tell us about traditions that have been passed from generation to generation in your family, and record them to share with others. If you, or anyone you know, would like to talk to us please contact Ada Nally by phone 3892824 or email

Finding NZ Birth, Death & Marriage Records

GenealogyInterested in researching your family history?
From time to time we’ll be posting genealogy facts and advice here on the News Blog.  Our first entry is on Birth, Death and Marriage records (BDM), which are a good starting place when researching your family history.  Official registrations in NZ didn’t start until 1848 but there are some earlier records taken from church and place registers dating back to 1840.

Historic BDM Online
New Zealand historic BDMs are now accessible online through the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) website:, and the great thing about this site is that it is updated daily.

What is a historic BDM and what information is actually available online?
A BDM qualifies as being historic if it was a

  • birth that occurred at least 100 years ago, or a still birth that occurred at least 50 years ago
  • marriage (and eventually Civil Unions) that occurred at least 80 years ago
  • death that occurred at least 50 years ago or the deceased’s date of birth was at least 80 years ago.

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