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, 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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3 thoughts on “Ancestry in August – free genealogy talks at Central Library”

  1. Will copies of the proceedings be available to we out-of-towners? And the cost?

  2. Thanks for this question! I will check with the organisers, on what could be available. When I have some information, I’ll post it here.

  3. Hi Tony,

    Apologies but we don’t have any plans to make these available as proceedings. Most of talks will draw upon resources which are held specifically at the Central Branch of Wellington City Libraries or are otherwise only avaiable to those who have a WCL library card so they would be of limited use to others outside of the Wellington region.

    Sorry about that.


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