Archive for January 2011

Waitangi Day Blog Challenge: Your earliest known ancestor

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Recently our Australian cousins have all been encouraged to blog about their earliest piece of research about an Australian ancestor in celebration of Australia Day (see Shelley's blog at Twigs of Yore).

We think this is a terrific idea and have noticed that it has provoked participation from loads of people.

Waitangi Day, on February 6, is our national day.

Its intent is to celebrate a bringing together of the peoples of New Zealand and it is usually a family day. Often we spend it on the beach, or maybe have a barbeque with family and friends.

We'd like to invite you to write a blog - post the link to your blog in the discussion board on our facebook page.

If you don't have a blog, perhaps post your story within this discussion board instead. Just click reply.

Write about:
  * How different is our life from that of your early NZ ancestors? (settler or Maori)

  * What stories can you tell us about their lives?


 * If you are first generation New Zealander or maybe a new Kiwi, perhaps you might like to tell us your first impressions of New Zealand and your experiences of settling in here, and how Kiwi traditions and cultures differ from your own.

If you are on Twitter, you can follow the hashtag #waitangiblog for updates and alerts.

Please join us, we'd be interested in hearing your stories!


A busy 2011 planned for Central Auckland Research Centre

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A belated Happy New Year to you all. I've just returned from my summer holidays, and am well rested and ready for another busy year in the Research Centre.

I had done most of the planning for 2011 lunchtime sessions before leaving prior to Christmas, but am still stunned by how quick February has crept up on me!

Tours of the Central Auckland Research Centre
From February 1, we will be offering guided tours of the Central Auckland Research Centres. These tours will be a regular offering, and timetabled to be the first Tuesday of every month 6-7pm.  Please phone 09 307 7771 to book or fill in the online form.

Lunchtime events for February to April 2011

February 9: Anahera Sadler Nga Wahine Rangatira i hainatia i te Tiriti o Waitangi - Honoured Maori women who signed the Treaty of Waitangi 
Anahera Sadler will discuss the 13 Maori women signatories to the Treaty of Waitangi and examine who these leaders were, their backgrounds and their deeds.

February 16: Helen Wong, Chinese New Year, past and present
Chinese New Year is an event of the highest importance to Chinese families. Come and hear Helen Wong discuss Chinese New Year Past and Present, and the continuing importance within today's community, which is also celebrated by non-Chinese. She'll discuss Chinese New Year as it was celebrated in NZ by the men early last century; the perspective from Chinese children growing up in NZ in the middle of the century; the perspective of the recent migrant Chinese, as children in their era, in their home country; and what has changed for them and their children, in New Zealand.

February 23: Malcolm McDonald, Researching Irish Family History - the basics and beyond
Are you wanting to trace your Irish ancestry but don’t know where to start?  Experienced researcher Malcolm McDonald will set you on the right path in this introductory presentation that is guaranteed to be both informative and fun.

Topics covered will include:
*some important dates in Irish history
*civil registration of births, marriages, & deaths,
* Irish naming patterns,
*1901 & 1911 census records
*Irish land divisions
*useful websites & online resources
*a list of recommended reading material

A comprehensive handout with be provided to all attendees.  Everyone is welcome!

March 9: Viv Parker, Introduction to Researching Welsh Family History
Long-serving NZSG member Viv Parker, an experienced researcher and presenter, guides us through the seemingly daunting process of researching your ancestors in Wales, and make it all seem so very easy!

March 23: Father Bruce Bollard, Using Catholic Church Archives
Father Bruce of the Pompalier Diocesan Centre, explains what you might find in Archives of the Catholic Diocese of Auckland and how to use them.

April 6: Claire Bruell, Researching International Red Cross Archives at Bad Arolsen, Germany
For the last 20 years Claire Bruell has been researching her family history in the lands of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, focusing on the current day Czech Republic. Claire has written extensively about her research. December 2009, she joined a group of 8 genealogists from Israel and spent 5 days at the Bad Arolsen archives, searching for details of her family.  She will speak about the experience and what she found there

April 20: Michael Wynd, Visiting the The Navy Museum at Torpedo Bay, using Museum Research resources
The library, research archives, oral histories, objects. Ship's Logs and Ship's ROPs location and what they are. Family History and the navy - access issues, location of personal files, terms, abbreviations, acronyms, posting cards, why the navy is different when it comes to where an individual serves. The Navy Museum, our research programme, challenges of naval history, PhD research experience

Please phone 09 307 7771 to book or book online.

Other eventsI am planning workshops in the winter months, to be held monthly, over three consecutive Sundays. Details and dates are still being worked out and will be advised once finalised.

ParkingDon't forget, if you are coming into the Library after 6pm in the evening or anytime over the weekend, you can get a parking voucher from us to redeem at Victoria St East carpark.

Looking forward to seeing you all

Guest post: Military research

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Guest contributor : Marie Hickey

One of the most popular subjects researched in the CARC (the Central Auckland Research Centre, as we are now known in the Supercity) is military related whether it is a particular person or theatre of war.  Many of our visitors are aware of the basic resources such as nominal rolls, medal rolls, digitised copies of service records (British Army) and rolls of honour etc, but what of other material held at libraries?

For instance, we have a large collection of regimental histories in the library system mainly found in categories 940 and 355 as well as the family history section in CARC.  These cover not only British Army regiments but also German, American and others; they can be as current as the Vietnam War or as early as Charlemagne.  Anexcellent series of small books is the Men-at-Arms series produced by Osprey Publishing which not only gives information about the Army, Regiment etc but invariably include a good range of illustrations some of which are in colour.

We have the National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918 which includes civilians who died on war service and therefore women are mentioned who were not serving with the military.  Entries are a brief summary of the person’s service and includes their home address; the series is available as books or digitally through – all of which are available in CARC.  This series was published by subscription so is therefore incomplete but is nevertheless quite comprehensive.  For England we also have a large collection of militia muster rolls which generally give the name, address and occupation of the person.  Don’t forget, you will find Irish, Scottish and Welsh serving in the British Army as well as many from various countries of the former British Empire.  We
also have some muster rolls for the Royal Engineers, 12th, 65th and 80th Regiments of Foot.

For New Zealand we have Military Board appeals 1916-17, Biographical sketches of NZ servicemen WWI vol. 1 – both copied from the Otago Witness, and three volumes of New Zealand servicewomen WWI copied from Kai Tiaki magazine.  Another interesting publication we hold relating to WWI is The Chronicle which is a newspaper that was originally published in London for the NZEF.  These newspapers include articles, jokes illustrations etc of interest to the troops but perhaps more importantly for the contemporary researcher, they also have lists of prisoners of war, obituaries and those in hospital (includes the name of the hospital).  The Chronicle is available at CARC on microfiche and there is an accompanying name index on microfiche.  We also have a listing of Kiwis serving with forces for other countries.