Family History brickwall clinics at your local Research Centres

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Our four Research Centres all have New Zealand family history resources, and staff on hand who are able to assist with most of your family history enquiries.

At Central Research, we have an international family history collection and I am based there.

Last year, we piloted a new initiative called Brick Wall Tuesday, where I got to do Book-A-Librarian sessions at the other research centres. Each Tuesday, I am at a different research centre.

It was very successful, so we decided to continue this initiative again starting from 13th February at West Auckland Research Centre at Waitakere Library.

  • North Auckland Research Centre, Takapuna Library - 1st Tuesday of every month.
    Phone 09 890 4919 or email to book.
  • West Auckland Research Centre, Waitakere Library - 2nd Tuesday of every month.
    Phone 09 892 4966 or email to book.
    The West Auckland Historical and Genealogy Society hold their branch meeting in this research centre on the same day 10-12pm, and everyone is welcome.
  • South Auckland Research Centre, Manukau Library - 3rd Tuesday of every month.
    Phone 09 261 8637 or email to book.
  • Central Auckland Research Centre, Central Library - 4th Tuesday of every month.
    The Auckland City branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists hold their branch meeting in this research centre on the same day, 10-12pm and everyone is welcome.
    Seonaid can also be available by appointment on other days at Central Library.
    Phone 09 890 2412 or email to book.

The Book a Librarian service is offered to those customers who

  • need assistance to begin their family history research
  • need help to use the Family and Local History Digital Library databases and subscription websites
  • have a family history research ‘brick wall’ that they need assistance with

It is a “how to” training service to enable customers to be able to carry out their own research. It is not really a research service i.e.- we are not doing the research for the customer, although we may do so during the tutorial session.

To get the best out of this session, we ask the customer to fill in a form telling us some brief background details and a pedigree chart of the branch of the family the query is about.

Think about what you need:

  • What is your question?
  • Provide names, dates and country of people (or places) you are needing information for
  • Where have you looked already?
  • What proof do you already have about that person (people)?
    Most importantly - have you already got hold of any birth, marriage or death certificates that may answer your question? Review them again with fresh eyes.

Hope to see some of you soon

Happy hunting


Hidden treasures - CD-ROMs in the family history collection

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In amongst our computers and film cabinets, we have six
8-drawer cabinets full of CD-ROMs containing a mixture
of databases and pdfs of books.

They are hidden treasures, used mainly by the experienced researcher who realises that not everything is online as yet and that family history societies and self-published authors still use CD-ROM technology, as its relatively cheap and easy to make their projects available.

Although all CDs are listed on the library catalogue, we also have a handy index to assist customers  with seeing what is in this unique collection.

The first couple of pages list the newly received CDs which amongst others, include various Berkshire and Oxford parish registers, and a 200 disk set of Stonepics Newfoundland cemetery images and transcriptions - this collection is so large, its in its own black binder and is on top of the CD-ROM cabinets!

If you want to view what we have available in our CD-ROM collection, just click the link here to open the pdf document.

Hope to see you soon . . .

Happy hunting!


HeritageTalks programme @ Central

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We are proud to say that we have a diverse range of talks again this year, in our HeritageTalks programme. Our programme begins again on 7 February, and we've published the events right up till the end of July.

Usually held fortnightly during a Wednesday lunchtime (sometimes more frequent), HeritageTalks take place in Whare Wānanga, Level 2, Central City Library, unless otherwise stated. Booking is recommended.

Ideal if you are interested in history  - family, social and local history, New Zealand or world history. These talks are delivered by experts in their specialised fields and provide insight into our histories.

Booking is optional, but recommended. The Whare holds up 80 people comfortably, but some talks have been known to overfill the room!

You can find talks in our HeritageTalks programme by searching our website using the keyword HeritageTalks - or by clicking the direct link here.

Or if you want to download a pdf of our programme from February to July, you can do this here!

Hope to see you all soon!

Happy hunting