Archive for May 2012

From genealogy to family history to personal heritage

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Queen's Birthday Weekend, Karen, Marie and myself are off to Taupo, to attend the New Zealand Society of Genealogists' 2012 Conference and AGM.

We're attending not only as members, but also to represent Auckland Libraries - with an exhibition/research table set up, and I will have the pleasure of speaking also.

We're all very excited that the keynote speaker for this conference is Dr Nick Barratt - formerly lead genealogist from the TV series Who Do You Think You Are? (both the UK and Australian series) and also the lead researcher and presenter of Hidden House Histories.

Historian, author, genealogist, and broadcaster, his presentations over the conference weekend will no doubt be well received.

Yesterday morning Dr Barratt was interviewed by Kathryn Ryan on the nine to noon programme on Radio New Zealand National.

He had a lot of really interesting stuff to say about ancestral tourism and personal heritage. I was particularly interested in his enthusiasm in getting children involved in personal heritage via the school curriculum - its a subject very close to my own heart.

Have a listen to his interview.

Kintalk makes "Top 50 genie blog" in Inside History

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We received an email last night from Cassie, Inside History's editor and publisher. In the May-June issue of Inside History, Jill Ball (@geniaus on Twitter) has listed Kintalk blog as being in the "top 50 worldwide genealogy blog that every family historian needs to follow!"

Jill says she subscribes to some 301 genealogy blogs, and that "they allow her to connect with other genealogists, so she doesn't feel like she is working in a vaccuum". She says that "blogging provides an easy and efficient way for genealogists to share information."

We certainly agree with her. Genealogists and Librarians have a lot in common - we love to share knowledge and to show people how.

We write the Kintalk blog to share what we have available in our resources, share our knowledge of different aspects of genealogical research, and let people know what's coming up in the Research Centre.

You can read Jill's article here

In what must seem to you, the reader, as a mutual admiration thing (and it is because we do love Inside History), we had actually planned to blog about the magazine before we received the email.

So please do read what Joanne, one of our serials librarians, has to say about this superb title:
Inside History focuses on New Zealand and Australian history. The bi-monthly is an entertaining read with its mix of social history, genealogy, and features about our heritage. And there is some really good content!

Last year's May-June issue "What Really Caused Their Deaths?", really intrigued me - it takes a look at death certificates, and how to read between the lines.

It includes a glossary of the terms you might find on the certificates.

Bladder in Throat, for example, was another name for Diptheria; Rice Water Stools was Cholera, and Bad Blood was Syphillis – as was Lues Disease, French Distemper and French Pox.

In England it wasn’t until 1874 that it became law for a death to be certified by a doctor, and many times the docs were only called after the event, meaning they had some work to do to come up with the cause.
In this years' January-February edition, they have an article called Discovering Maori Links which discussed whakapapa, Maori land court minute books, and Maori oral history.

The magazine is Australian, but has an Australian-New Zealand focus, and New Zealand (and frequently the Central Auckland Research Centre) are often included in the upcoming events "History Now" page, and there are plenty of superb photos.

Do check it out. The magazine is classy – it just looks and feels good, the kind of mag to browse through, learn from and be entertained, all at the same time.

The current issue is on the latest releases stand, and back issues are shelved under FAM 2 ANZ. (In other words, ask a staff member!).


ANZAC Day Blog Challenge Review

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 Apologies for the lateness of this Anzac Day Blog Challenge. As you will see, we have a fabulous new look for our blog, thanks to our terrific Digital Services team. Special thanks to Tosca and Ben, who put this together!

My girls took part in the Anzac Day Citizens Parade once again - as Scouts this year. One of my daughter's is also now an Assistant Patrol Leader. They are growing up so fast.

As usual, Anzac Day is a time for reflection. As a proud mother, I can relate a bit to the pride the mothers of the servicemen and women that fought, and get some inkling of the fear mixed with pride that the mothers must have felt when their children marched off to war.

Mothers look at their children with such hope for the future.

Once again, we have a great mix of New Zealand and Australian service people contributed from bloggers all over.

First post is Shelley, my co-host from last year:

Whilst growing up there weren’t many in the family with a military history. My grandfather was too young for WWI and in essential services (Railway) and not released for WWII. He did have a couple of brothers Driver Fred Farnham 65 Transport Platoon and Sergeant Alex Farnham 9 Div Ammunition Column but each Anzac Day when my interest was peaked they were no-where about to question although my Grandfather assured me that his job was very important in the war effort frankly I didn’t see how working on the Queensland railway system helped (I see now they did have an important contribution to make), anyway as a child I was resigned to the fact that there were no heroes in my family.

Upon marrying I bought into a little more military history and hence my daughter being able to answer the challenge this ANZAC Day about the Shark Shooting Benjamin and Les the uncle who never married the girl he loved and was engaged to pre war because he couldn’t give her children post war.

I’ve always been interested in the family tree and over the years I’ve gathered many stories and much information about past ancestors but late in 2011 I was blown away to find my Great Great Grandmother’s brother was one of the original ANZACs from Galipolli and one who came home.

So I’ve done a little research into his war service and found he finished service a Private it set me thinking about those brave ANZAC’s and how many there must have been, men who achieved no rise in rank although they were there at every battle required of them.

What form of bravery is that! To continually fight, to continually hold steadfast, to continually meet the enemy time and time again, to aid and assist the wounded their mates, to go into battle over and over again for years and yet to be a Private at the end.

My pride in Private Arthur Harman WWI is immense! ANZAC yes! HERO YES!
I am British born, and of British parentage - so I don't have an Anzac to write about.

Like nearly all of us though, we had ancestors who served on both sides of our conflicts.

My paternal grandfather was in the Royal Navy in both WWI and WWII. My maternal grandfather served in the British Army in WWII. I had uncles who also served.

One uncle I have researched and written about on my personal blog: Able Seaman George Henry Harvey, I've just written an updated post about him, due to my cousin Mary having discovered a document in her family files.

Thank you so much to those of you who contributed this year. I enjoyed reading your stories, and shed quite a few tears.

Thanks to those of you reading this and helping ensure that the names of our servicepeople live on.