From February to November, fortnightly on a Wednesday lunchtime, the Central Auckland Research Centre hosts free Family History Lunchtime sessions at Central City Library.
These events are very popular, and cover many subjects related to family history. Sometimes they are country-specific: researching in Scotland for example, sometimes they relate to researching using particular record sets - wills and probates, or passenger lists for example.
Experts from our Library will often speak on their subject of expertise, representing one of our four research centres or Sir George Grey Special Collections.
Often our events are linked culturally or historically to events that are happening Auckland-wide - such as Waitangi Day, Year of the Snake or Pasifika for example.
Sometimes the speakers come from other repositories such as Church archives, Council archives, or maybe even a museum.
The speakers may be amateur researchers, or they may be in the field professionally. We often have local historians speak for us.
Often our speakers are members of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists.
We've even been lucky enough at times, to have international guest speakers from genealogy websites Ancestry, FindMyPast, The Genealogist and Family Search.
Sometimes our speakers have been professional genealogical researchers, local or international.
We have a good mix of speakers coming up for the next six months.
We have a new look events page, and you now just need to select "family history" in the scroll down menu, to find out what is happening in the next couple of months.
Or your local library may have our event leaflet showing the first six months of our lunchtime sessions - ask your friendly librarian.
Lunchtimes sessions are fortnightly on a Wednesday, 12 - 1pm unless otherwise stated, and are usually held in the Whare Wananga, L2 Central Library, Lorne Street, Auckland.
Bookings are essential, and you can book either via the website, or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 09 307 7771.
Don't forget our NEW Family History Club begins on Sunday, February 10, 10.30am-3.30pm.
Research Centre staff are often asked to speak at other Auckland Libraries branches, and also for other community groups and organisations - so keep an eye out for those events too!
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Hope to see you soon!