A busy 2011 planned for Central Auckland Research Centre


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
Seonaid

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