Motivation Monday: Announcing the Auckland Family History Expo @ Central City Library

Auckland Family History Expo @ Central City Library

When: Friday 7 August - Sunday 9 August
Where: Central City Library
Cost: Free for all events, except Friday opening event

The Auckland Family History Expo is a weekend-long event covering a wide range of topics related to genealogy and researching your family history.

A range of exhibitors will have stalls set up throughout the weekend, and a variety of talks on research techniques, resources and tools will be taking places in three separate venues around the library.

See the programme of events for each day:
Friday 7 August - $10, booking instructions below
Saturday 8 August - free, no bookings required
Sunday 9 August - free, no bookings required


Keep an eye out for Auckland War Memorial Museum's interactive Mobile Roadshow Unit, which will be parked outside Central City Library in Lorne Street all day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

As always, library staff will be available in the Central Auckland Research Centre to provide research assistance and access to resources.

Exhibitors
  • Ancestry
  • Findmypast
  • FamilySearch
  • Archives New Zealand
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum and WW100
  • The Guild of One-Name Studies
  • The NZ Fencible Society
  • Hooked on Genealogy and Beehive Books
  • Anglican Archives
  • Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum
  • The New Zealand Society of Genealogists and its interest groups: New Zealand, Australian, Scots, Irish, English, European, Huguenot, Pacific Island and Māori.

FRIDAY
Family History Expo opening
Whare Wananga Level 2, 4pm - 8pm

Attendance will cost $10 to cover hospitality. Booking is essential given that limited seats are available. To reserve your place, email the Central Auckland Research Centre or phone 09 307 7771.

4pm-5pm: Welcome and opening, followed by panel discussion
Featuring Michelle Patient (Guild of One-Name Studies), Ben Mercer (Ancestry), Seonaid Lewis (Auckland Libraries), Helen Smith (Genealogical Society of Queensland), Gay Williams (New Zealand Society of Genealogists).
5pm: Light refreshments
6pm: All is not lost - keynote address by David Lomas (Missing Pieces, Lost & Found)
For many New Zealand families there is a missing piece. All is not lost, presented by journalist David Lomas, will look at how missing people are found by David and his fellow researchers on the TV3 programme Lost & Found and its predecessor Missing Pieces.



SATURDAY
Whare Wananga, Level 2 (seminars)  
10.15am: Commemorating the 1918 Flu Pandemic
Discovering insights from the online collections. Introduction by Sandra Coney (Auckland Council), presentation by Ben Mercer (Ancestry.com), Topics will include Births, Deaths & Marriages; NZSG Cemeteries Collection; the special place of Waikumete Cemetery; and preparing for the centenary in 2018.
11.15am: AncestryDNA and your family tree
Combining history with science, making connections online with Ben Mercer (Ancestry.com.au). Topics will include the AncestryDNA toolkit, building your family tree, breakdown of ethnicity, and making connections online.
12.15pm: Heraldic treasures at the Auckland War Memorial Museum library
Join manuscript librarian Martin Collett and learn about heraldry and the treasures within the Auckland Museum Library. 
1.15pm: They went to Australia and now can't be found
Presented by Helen Smith, Genealogical Society of Queensland.
2.15pm: FamilySearch
Learn how to use this wonderful free website to assist you with your family history. Presented by Jan Gow, Hooked on Genealogy.
3.15pm: The rest of the iceberg: researching beyond the internet
Presented by Barbara Wyley, NZSG.


Te Marama Room, Level 1 (workshops)
10.30am: Getting started with your family history research
Presented by Jan Gow, Hooked on Genealogy.
11am: DNA basics
A beginner’s guide to how science can help your family history by Helen Smith, Genealogical Society of Queensland.
11.30am: Tips for carrying out a family history interview 
Presented by Sandra Metcalfe, NZSG.
12noon: FindMyPast A-Z
Hints and tips for making the most of your Findmypast searches. Presented by Fiona Brooker, Findmypast.
12.30pm: Researching your Huguenot family history
Presented by Marion Heap, NZSG.
1pm: Researching in the Pacific Islands 
Presented by Christine Liava'a, NZSG Pacific Island Interest Group.
1.30pm: Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum
The Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum deals in the Eastern Borderlands of Poland during WWII and, in particular, the Soviet occupation of the area and deportations of Poles to Siberia. Presented by Irena Lowe, Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum.
2pm: Beginner's guide to researching your NZ family history 
Presented by Elaine Bell, NZSG research office holder.
2.30pm: Researching your Australian family history 
Presented by Helen Smith, Genealogical Society of Queensland.
3pm: Researching your Irish family history
A beginners guide presented by Maureen West, Auckland Libraries.
3.30pm: Building FamilyTrees with FamilySearch
Presented by Sister Lynda Bennett, FamilySearch.


Akozone computer suite, Level 1
Hands on computer tutorials
11am: Family history eResources at Auckland Libraries
Learn to use Auckland Libraries' online resources with Marie Hickey, Auckland Libraries.
12pm: FamilySearch NZ/AU
Tips and tricks on using FamilySearch to find New Zealand and Australian records, presented by Jan Gow, Hooked on Genealogy.
1pm: Ancestry NZ/AU
Tips and tricks on using Ancestry to find New Zealand and Australian records presented by Christine Clement, Ancestry.
2pm: Findmypast NZ/AU
Tips and tricks on using Findmypast to find New Zealand and Australian records presented by Fiona Brooker, Findmypast.



SUNDAY
Whare Wananga, Level 2 (seminars)
10.15am: Present, Past and Future - with Findmypast
Discover how Findmypast can help you trace your family history with Fiona Brooker, Findmypast.
11.15am: Māori Land Court Minute Books
Whakapapa is found throughout the Minute Books – come and learn how to use them. Presented by Raniera Kingi, Auckland Libraries.
12.15pm: NZ Society of Genealogists
An outline of who we are, and what we can offer to all family history historians. Presented by Gay Williams, NZSG President.
1.15pm: Special settlement schemes
Includes schemes such Albertland, Puhoi, and the Bay of Islands settlements. Presented by Mark Stoddart, Archives NZ.
2.15pm: Scotland's People
The very best thing your ancestors could have done for you is be born, married or died in Scotland. Presented by Jan Gow, Hooked on Genealogy.
3.15pm: Digging for treasure
Using online newspapers to research your family’s history, presented by Michelle Patient, Guild of One-Name Studies.

Te Marama Room, Level 1 (workshops)
10.30am: How to do a One-Name Study
Presented by Michelle Patient, Guild of One-Name Studies.
11am: Timelines for brickwall research
Presented by Helen Smith, Genealogical Society of Queensland.
11.30am: Read all about it
Use newspapers and magazines to enhance your family and social history research. Presented by Marie Hickey, Auckland Libraries.
12pm: Q & A - what would you like to know about researching your family history?
Ask your local NZSG reps.
12.30pm: Researching your English family history
Presented by Viv Parker, NZSG.
1pm: Researching your Scottish family history
Presented by Marie Hickey, Auckland Libraries.
1.30pm: Starting your German family history 
Presented by Graham Clark, NZSG European Interest Group.
2pm: Whakapapa research with Auckland Libraries
Are you thinking about starting your whakapapa journey? Come along to this session and make a start today. Presented by Raniera Kingi, Auckland Libraries.
2.30pm: Evernote for Genealogists
Evernote is an easy-to-use flexible tool which not only stores notes (text, sound, images and handwriting) but makes them easy to find. Presented by Michelle Patient, Guild of One-Name Studies.
3pm: Headlines or smallprint
Add some flesh to the bones of your family history with these search tips. Presented by Fiona Brooker, Findmypast.
3.30pm: Ancestry search tricks
Presented by Christine Clement, Ancestry.

Akozone computer suite, Level 1
Hands on computer tutorials
11am: Ancestry UK
Tips and tricks on using Ancestry to find records to assist with research in the UK and Ireland. Presented by Christine Clement, Ancestry.
12pm: Auckland Libraries Family History eResources
Learn to use Auckland Libraries' unique online resources with Seonaid Lewis, Auckland Libraries.
1pm: Findmypast UK
Tips and tricks on using Findmypast to find records to assist with research in the UK and Ireland. Presented by Fiona Brooker, Findmypast.
2pm: FamilySearch UK
Tips and tricks on using FamilySearch to find records to assist with research in the UK and Ireland. Presented by Jan Gow, Hooked on Genealogy.

See the Auckland Libraries' website for more details


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