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Thriller Thursday: New Zealand Family History Month starts tomorrow!

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Months of planning and family history month is here tomorrow!


August will be an extremely busy month at Auckland Libraries for family historians.

Have a look at what we have planned for NZ Family History Month at Auckland Libraries:

Family History Month highlights include "The Speaker Series" of more than 122 events where specialist staff travel around the region delivering a wide variety of different topics such as:

  • Auckland Libraries family history eResources;
  • Beginners guide to Ancestry;
  • Beginners guide to FindMyPast; 
  • Beginning your family history;
  • Brick walls: tips and tricks to help solve your family history puzzle; 
  • British Newspaper Archive; 
  • Captives of the Kaiser: Researching Prisoners of War during the First World War;
  • Doing family history: a journey to Matakana; 
  • Family history roadshow; 
  • Hospital records; 
  • Military: The use of the official histories; 
  • Newspapers and magazines for family history; 
  • Pacific Island resources;
  • Passenger lists and immigration; 
  • Poor law; 
  • Probate and wills; 
  • Question and answer sessions; 
  • Researching First World War records; 
  • Researching your Irish ancestry; 
  • Searching for your family on the internet; 
  • Whakapapa storytime; 
  • Whakapapa for adults; 
  • Whakapapa for rangatahi (children)

- several libraries are having multiple events in one day . . . . .
  
and there are other events including: a youth-focussed "Who do you think Dawson Road is?" at Tupu Youth Library

There are weekly "family history lunchtime sessions" at Central Library instead of the usual fortnightly sessions, themed to commemorate the beginning of the First World War.
 
And as usual we close Family History Month with the 10th annual Karen Kalopulu Family History Lock-in
where customers are locked in to our Research Library overnight to research their family history all night long!

The Lock-In is great for new researchers and "old-hands" alike - and also an exciting extension for those of you who have already been attending our quarterly Family History Club days.

Its going to be a fun-filled packed month!

Hope to see some of you around and about at our workshops and lectures! . . . bookings at the host library!

Seonaid

Society Saturday:- Guild of One Name Studies (GOONS)

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Six steps to beginning your own One-Name Study 

by Anne Brady, guest blogger 

Guild of One-Name Studies

A One-Name Study is a project researching all occurrences of a surname (and its variants), as opposed to a particular pedigree or a particular descendancy. 

The object is to discover things about the actual surname and the people who have held it.

Step One Is it already being done?

Check http://www.one-name.org/ or Google your surname

Step Two Find out more about the name

  • How big a study will it be?
    Estimate by using the totals from the 1881 English census:
    - 1-30 Tiny (T)
    - 30-300 Small (S)
    - 300-3000 Medium (M)
    - 3000-30,000 Large (L)
    - 30,000-300,000 (XXL)
Multiplying the number in this census by 10 will give a very approximate count of the total (English) BDMs 1837-2006.



  • Variants and Deviants
    A VARIANT is an alternate spelling used by individuals themselves, or is one used consistently in official documents.
    DEVIANTS are typos, misreadings of handwriting and any other spelling that is not a true variant, it occurs only randomly.

    How many variants and deviants are there? Check the IGI (International Genealogical Index) for a good overview, but remember that you will continue to find more.

Step Three Make some decisions

How will you store and record your research? This will be influenced by the size of your study – from Tiny up to XXL

  • Family History program?
  • Spreadsheets – Excel, Access (e.g. Custodian)?
  • All info on one spreadsheet, or broken down by e.g. type of record, country?
  • How will you cope with different spellings?
  • How far down the line will you take females who marry out of the name?
  • Paperwork or scans
  • Filing system?
  • Odd bits of information?

Step Four
Setting up and getting organised

  • Make a list of known variants/deviants. Keep a printout of your list with you at all times, and amend it whenever you find more possibilities
  • Once you have a basic list, work out how few online searches you can manage with careful use of wildcards (BL*X*G, BL*C*G etc) and record them
  • Set up a new family file in your family history program
  • Copy across any data you currently have on that name
  • Create whatever spreadsheets you have decided to use. Remember to input from large to small, eg YYYYMMDD, or Country/County/Parish to make sorting and searching easier.


The FIRST spreadsheet should be your research log


Fields I use on my log: Date searched / Repository / Category / Search Type / Website / Record Title / URL/Catalogue Ref / Country/County / Years searched / Names checked / Result / Notes
  • Set up files and folders, both hard-copy and on your PC. Mine are organised by place in descending size order, then by type of record and/or repository. (E.g. UK-ENG-KENT- Cemeteries, Census, Certificates, Directories, Houses, Newspapers, Probate, etc.) Or look at the Family Roots organiser system at http://www.123genealogy.com/organizer/
  • Draw up a table of the total census records across all available websites for your name, as not all will be found in one place thanks to the huge variety of transcribing errors. You may find a separate table for each main variant is useful.
Census search results for the name Beachcroft across the
major genealogy websites - demonstrates the variation
of results you will find across them all

Copyright Helen Osborn, www.Pharostutors.com, used with permission


  • If you don’t already have a good backup system in place, set one up NOW
  • Create a list of the order you plan to search the records in
  • Label a folder with ‘To Do’ and keep a separate sheet for each Research Repository, or keep a list in a Word document folder

Step Five - 
Join the Guild of One Name Studies at www.one-name.org (in order to save lots of money).

Discounts on subscriptions / other offers for different sites:
  • Findmypast – 10%
  • Lost Cousins – 20%
  • The Genealogist (Diamond Subscription) - GBP40 off
  • Various other short-term offers are also made
  • Use GOONS Marriage, Probate and Scottish indexes; the Wiki; join the Forum and/or the Bulletin Board; get a mentor
  • (Use www.marriage-locator.co.uk, a free, public-access website to find the church for many marriages)
Do a Pharos course online about Beginning One Name Studies

Maximise your use of Family Search. If you aren’t sure how to get the best out of it, go to the ‘Learn’ tab and watch some of their videos

In Freebmd download records, and set up saved searches

Trawl Facebook, Youtube and Ebay, look through Gutenberg and Google free books
www.gutenberg.org , www.books.google.com
 

Use other Google products such as alerts, blogs, images, documents & news at http://www.google.com/intl/en/about/products/
 

Remember other search engines such as Mocavo at www.mocavo.com
 

Use www.genuki.org.uk/ to find lots of websites specific to your county and parish. 


And of course never forget Cyndis List . . .

Search Rootsweb message boards and lists at www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/
Browse Wikitree www.wikitree.com
Use free webinars and blogs to learn how to research new areas, gather lots of tips and hear of new websites and programs to try, e.g.

Make full use of the Auckland Libraries & New Zealand Society of Genealogists (NZSG) resources - What about the many free sites that are available at one or both places - have you tried

Have you looked at the bookshelves, the fiche or CD drawers? Have you used the library catalogue to find what there is in any area? Set up Google alerts for your names and areas of interest.

Join Lost Cousins and add the families you find on the specified census pages as ‘One Name Study’ relationships.

Use pay-per-view / subscription sites which allow use of their indexes for free. Sign up for their newsletters so that you know when they are having free weekends for some of their datasets.


Step Six

Begin



About Anne Brady
Anne is the New Zealand representative for the Guild of One-Name Studies (GOONS and a member of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists NZSG).

Anne spoke about One-Name Studies to our audience at Central Library for our family history lunchtime series talks, that Auckland Libraries holds here fortnightly on Wednesdays between February and November. 

She very kindly permitted us to post her informative handout notes here on the Kintalk blog.

Happy hunting
Seonaid

Workday Wednesday: Medical Practitioners

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Found a NZ doctor lurking in the family tree? There are a couple of very useful research sources that you should know about.

The Central Auckland Research Centre in Auckland Central Library holds a biographical dictionary by Rex Earl Wright-St Clair: Medical practitioners in New Zealand, from 1840 to 1930.  As the quote from the work's preface states: "In this work are listed alphabetically all medical practitioners known to have been in New Zealand between 1 January 1840 and 31 December 1930, whether registered here or not, providing at least one forename is known".

Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries
AWNS--19080806-16-4
Entries vary in size but typically contain details of education, career and death. In many cases they refer to an obituary in a medical journal.

Which leads us to the second source: the New Zealand Medical Association runs a helpful website offering the NZ Medical Journal online.

It includes an index of obituaries appearing in the NZ Medical Journal 1887-2013 and archived issues of the journal itself from 1999. For an obituary earlier than 1999, the website gives contact details for the NZ Medical Association and states that one-off requests are supplied without charge.

Janelle

Treasure Chest Thursday: On-line Family History mags

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Auckland Libraries’ has a fabulous new on-line magazine collection, Zinio, for those of us who just love our magazines. The mags are free to read on your laptop, tablet, phone or PC, there’s no waiting list, and while some of us might be just desperate to get our hands on the latest Runner’s World, Yoga for Beginners or Train like an Olympian (or – let’s be real here – Best Cookies Ever, Christmas Baking, and Woman’s Day Comfort Foods), there are a couple of publications that the family history enthusiast might like to take a look at.

First up is the very stylish Australian magazine, Inside History. As the blurb says, “Inside History is for people passionate about Australian and New Zealand genealogy, history and heritage.” It’s published every two months, with “insightful, interesting and practical features… packed with advice, articles and expert tips on genealogy, and stories on our varied history.”


The second magazine you can borrow from Zinio is the UK magazine, Your Family Tree (not to be confused with Family Tree) with “… practical advice, written by experts, on all areas of family history research.”  Their aim is to make family history accessible to all.

You can read both of these on iPad, Blackberry, iPhone, Android, Win 8, PC/MAC and some back issues are available. You’ll need to be a library member to create accounts but then you’ll be away.

Here’s the link to Zinio – or if you prefer, the URL is:

http://www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz/EN/collections/eMagazines/ziniogettingstarted/Pages/ziniogettingstarted.aspx

… which is worth a browse just to see what else you can read – especially in the Food and Cooking section!

Joanne Graves
Central Auckland Research Centre

Motivation Monday: Family Trees

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Generations of  kauri trees, 1907.
How many generations are in your family's tree?

"The oldest continuously recorded family tree is that of Confucius, who, over eighty generations after his death, has well over two million registered descendants.

~  The Gap: The science that separates us from other animals
by Thomas Suddendorf .

If you are looking for inspiration on how to display your genealogy research and create your own tree, we have a great collection of books in the 1 GEN AID section of the family history collection.

Karen

Treasure Chest Thursday: the "best of British" newspapers

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The Digital Library now contains three fantastic new newspaper resources:
  • The Sunday Times Digital Archive provides access to 180 years of the Sunday Times newspaper from 1822 to 2006.
    Coverage includes:
    Crime
    - Theatre

    - Sport

    - Politics
Alf Hallworth wearing adults hat and reading newspaper
Showing Alf Hallworth wearing adults hat and
reading newspaper,outside front door of
family home at Pepper Street, Hastings

Sir George Grey Special Collections,
Auckland Libraries, 807-9362


  • The Daily Mail Historical Archive incorporates more than 100 years of the Daily Mail newspaper, from 1896 to 2004.
    The archive comprises advertisements, news stories, and images and coverage includes:
    - WWI and WWII  

    - Women and gender

    - Home and lifestyle

    - Crime

    - Popular politics

    - The great depression

  • Gale NewsVault is a single interface enabling the cross-search of all Auckland Libraries' Gale historical newspaper archives at the same time.*
    - 17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers
    - 19th Century British Library Newspapers Part 1

    - 19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part 2

    - 19th Century U.S. Newspapers

    - Daily Mail Historical Archive 

    - Illustrated London News Historical Archive

    - Picture Post Historical Archive

    - Sunday Times Digital Archive

    - Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive

    - Times Digital Archive

*Note that the British Newspapers Archive (BNA) is not part of the Gale historical newspapers archives, but we do have separate access to it.

Have a look at the complete index of all our newspaper databases available for you to search to assist you with your research.


Happy hunting

Seonaid


Church Record Sunday: Church of Ireland

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Church of Ireland Parish Register List

The Representative Church Body Library (RCB Library), the main repository of the Church of Ireland (CofI), has released an updated list of CofI parish registers.  The new list, which can be downloaded, free of charge, from the Archive section of the Church of Ireland website is arranged alphabetically by parish name (with parishes within the main cities alphabetically listed under the name of each city).

Sir George Grey Special Collections,  Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19140326-42-1
It may be considered as the definitive list for registers in the Republic of Ireland.  The RCB Library is working with the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) in Belfast for material relating to parishes in the nine counties of Ulster.

For further information about the project please read the RCB Library Notes article by Dr Susan Hood.

Regards
Maureen

Thriller Thursday:- August - Family History Month at Auckland Libraries!

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Family History Month is an Australasian event that runs throughout August each year and consists of talks, seminars and workshops on the subject of family history research and genealogy.


For many years the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations ( AFFHO), New Zealand Society of Genealogists (NZSG) and affiliated family history societies have celebrated family history.

Its a great way of showcasing family history and getting people involved.

This is the fourth year that Auckland Libraries have participated with events that are run throughout the region.


The Speaker Series is a month-long season of family history talks presented by library specialists and held at libraries all over Auckland. 

This year, there are 23 topics, held at 34 different libraries, making a total of 122 events region-wide throughout Auckland!

Find the talk you're interested in below, go to our website and see which date and location suits you best. 

Be sure to contact the host library and book your place for any that interest you! All sessions run for one hour unless otherwise stated.
Morris family group. c1941.
Frank Morris Collection
West Auckland Research Centre
FMO-0729-00027-G


Topics include:
  • Auckland Libraries family history eResources;
  • Beginners guide to Ancestry;
  • Beginners guide to FindMyPast; 
  • Beginning your family history;
  • Brick walls: tips and tricks to help solve your family history puzzle; 
  • British Newspaper Archive; 
  • Captives of the Kaiser: Researching Prisoners of War during the First World War;
  • Doing family history: a journey to Matakana; 
  • Family history roadshow; 
  • Hospital records; 
  • Military: The use of the official histories; 
  • Newspapers and magazines for family history; 
  • Pacific Island resources;
  • Passenger lists and immigration; 
  • Poor law; 
  • Probate and wills; 
  • Question and answer sessions; 
  • Researching First World War records; 
  • Researching your Irish ancestry; 
  • Searching for your family on the internet; 
  • Whakapapa storytime; 
  • Whakapapa for adults; 
  • Whakapapa for rangatahi (children)

Some libraries are having more than one event on the day - some are even making a whole day of it!

Some come along and be thrilled at:
Family History Month @ Auckland Libraries
Venue: Your local library - Auckland Libraries regionwide
Group: Auckland Libraries
Contact: Host Library

Looking forward to family history month myself

Happy hunting - Seonaid