Travel Tuesday: Unlock the Past returns to Auckland

On Saturday, 13 February, Central Research at Central Library will be hosting Unlock the Past’s Auckland Shore-based Seminars for family history and genealogy researchers.


Celebrity Solstace

Unlock the Past is the event and publishing division of Gould Genealogy & History which has served family and local historians since 1976. It is a collaborative venture involving an international team of expert speakers, writers, organisations and commercial partners to promote history and genealogy through innovative major events and authoritative publishing brand. Unlock the Past organise genealogy and family history conferences on various cruise ships operating on different worldwide routes, tapping into the growing popularity of “ancestral tourism.” High profile international speakers are chosen for these conference cruises, and the cruise ships stop at various ports en route to give seminars on shore to local researchers. An opportunity is also there for those taking part in the conference on board ship to tour the local area to where the ship is docked – often visiting the local libraries, archives and museums to research and indulge in some “ancestral tourism”.

The company last visited Auckland as part of their shore-based seminars in 2011.

This time Unlock the Past’s 10th conference cruise is on board the ship Celebrity Solstice and sails Auckland, New Zealand to Fremantle, Western Australia – stopping at Bay Of Islands, Tauranga, Wellington, Akaroa, Dunedin, Dusky Sound, Doubtful Sound, Milford Sound, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide in between; with on-shore seminars in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.

Judy Russell, "The Legal Genealogist"
The cruise keynote speakers are Judy Russell (US) aka The Legal Genealogist and Paul Blake (UK).


Judy Russell will be speaking in Auckland on
* The common poor: transported, indentured, enslaved - and
* No vitals? No problem! Building a family through circumstantial evidence.



Paul Blake



Paul Blake's topics will be:
* Protestant nonconformity in England and Wales and
* London genealogy: or the metropolitan nightmare.


Booking online prior to the day strongly advised, as this will be a popular event! Entry to the event is $20 to be paid at the door on the day.

There will be prize draws offered by sponsors Ancestry, Findmypast and MyHeritage; and an additional prize draw only for those people who
pre-book online prior to the day.

You can read more about the Auckland shore-based seminars here:



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