Archive for 2018

Kintalk blog merges with Heritage et AL

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Just a brief note to let you all know that our Kintalk blog has now merged with sister blog Heritage et AL. If you subscribe to Kintalk, then I encourage you to change your subscription over to Heritage et AL to be sure of being kept up to date with all the family history happenings, and to learn more about our heritage collections and heritage news.

Kintalk first went live in July 2008, originally edited and authored by Karen Kalopulu and the family history team; and was carried on in her name after she passed away in 2009.

Popular and information rich posts from Kintalk have been migrated over to Heritage et AL, so you will find them there instead.

Heritage et AL was launched in May 2012 . . .  "Four research centres and the Sir George Grey Special Collections and a whole heap of incredible heritage library collections, arranged around two harbours and many volcanoes! Plus cool links and heritage news stories. Stay tuned .."

Now both blogs will be together on the Heritage et AL blogspot - so don't forget to subscribe to keep up to date!

Happy hunting . . . 


Seonaid






Family History brickwall clinics at your local Research Centres

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Our four Research Centres all have New Zealand family history resources, and staff on hand who are able to assist with most of your family history enquiries.

At Central Research, we have an international family history collection and I am based there.

Last year, we piloted a new initiative called Brick Wall Tuesday, where I got to do Book-A-Librarian sessions at the other research centres. Each Tuesday, I am at a different research centre.

It was very successful, so we decided to continue this initiative again starting from 13th February at West Auckland Research Centre at Waitakere Library.

  • North Auckland Research Centre, Takapuna Library - 1st Tuesday of every month.
    Phone 09 890 4919 or email Library.Northheritage@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz to book.
  • West Auckland Research Centre, Waitakere Library - 2nd Tuesday of every month.
    Phone 09 892 4966 or email Library.Westheritage@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz to book.
    The West Auckland Historical and Genealogy Society hold their branch meeting in this research centre on the same day 10-12pm, and everyone is welcome.
  • South Auckland Research Centre, Manukau Library - 3rd Tuesday of every month.
    Phone 09 261 8637 or email Library.Southheritage@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz to book.
  • Central Auckland Research Centre, Central Library - 4th Tuesday of every month.
    The Auckland City branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists hold their branch meeting in this research centre on the same day, 10-12pm and everyone is welcome.
    Seonaid can also be available by appointment on other days at Central Library.
    Phone 09 890 2412 or email arc@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz to book.

The Book a Librarian service is offered to those customers who

  • need assistance to begin their family history research
  • need help to use the Family and Local History Digital Library databases and subscription websites
  • have a family history research ‘brick wall’ that they need assistance with

It is a “how to” training service to enable customers to be able to carry out their own research. It is not really a research service i.e.- we are not doing the research for the customer, although we may do so during the tutorial session.

To get the best out of this session, we ask the customer to fill in a form telling us some brief background details and a pedigree chart of the branch of the family the query is about.

Think about what you need:

  • What is your question?
  • Provide names, dates and country of people (or places) you are needing information for
  • Where have you looked already?
  • What proof do you already have about that person (people)?
    Most importantly - have you already got hold of any birth, marriage or death certificates that may answer your question? Review them again with fresh eyes.

Hope to see some of you soon

Happy hunting

Seonaid


Hidden treasures - CD-ROMs in the family history collection

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In amongst our computers and film cabinets, we have six
8-drawer cabinets full of CD-ROMs containing a mixture
of databases and pdfs of books.

They are hidden treasures, used mainly by the experienced researcher who realises that not everything is online as yet and that family history societies and self-published authors still use CD-ROM technology, as its relatively cheap and easy to make their projects available.

Although all CDs are listed on the library catalogue, we also have a handy index to assist customers  with seeing what is in this unique collection.

The first couple of pages list the newly received CDs which amongst others, include various Berkshire and Oxford parish registers, and a 200 disk set of Stonepics Newfoundland cemetery images and transcriptions - this collection is so large, its in its own black binder and is on top of the CD-ROM cabinets!

If you want to view what we have available in our CD-ROM collection, just click the link here to open the pdf document.



Hope to see you soon . . .

Happy hunting!

Seonaid

HeritageTalks programme @ Central

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We are proud to say that we have a diverse range of talks again this year, in our HeritageTalks programme. Our programme begins again on 7 February, and we've published the events right up till the end of July.

Usually held fortnightly during a Wednesday lunchtime (sometimes more frequent), HeritageTalks take place in Whare Wānanga, Level 2, Central City Library, unless otherwise stated. Booking is recommended.

Ideal if you are interested in history  - family, social and local history, New Zealand or world history. These talks are delivered by experts in their specialised fields and provide insight into our histories.

Booking is optional, but recommended. The Whare holds up 80 people comfortably, but some talks have been known to overfill the room!

You can find talks in our HeritageTalks programme by searching our website using the keyword HeritageTalks - or by clicking the direct link here.

Or if you want to download a pdf of our programme from February to July, you can do this here!

Hope to see you all soon!

Happy hunting

Seonaid







New Zealand Family Stories - published family histories

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New Zealand Family Stories are treasured assets in our Family History collection.

These published family histories, are books written by family history researchers, and are frequently self-published. Often they are donated to the library, although we do also have a budget that allows us to purchase them too.

They contain stories about individuals and families, and most have genealogical tables, photos, and documents. Ideally they also have a name index in the back.

Since our lovely refurbishment, we’ve been able to get them out into the spotlight to display and make them more accessible.



They are a reference-only collection which means that they are always here for researchers to consult – and this also helps with their preservation.

They represent years, sometimes decades of research, and its always a delight for me when someone brings one of these treasures up to the desk to tell me that they've found their family in one of these books.

Happy hunting

Seonaid






Refurbishment at Central Auckland Research Centre and Central Library, Auckland

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Happy New Year!

Central City Library in Lorne Street had a make-over last year. To minimise disruption to customers, the refurbishment was done one floor at a time.

This meant that when the First Floor was closed, the only computers available to use was on Level 2 in the Research Centre - so there was a lot of competition for a much smaller pool of computers. We are grateful to our customers for their patience!

Central Auckland Research Centre on Level 2 was completed first. The result is a much improved floor plan with better flow - a lighter brighter space, with plenty of seating. The resources are easier to see and aren't so crammed in. Hopefully a much more welcoming environment.

We achieved this by moving the newspaper service down to the First Floor, and using the former newspaper room as a place for computers, microfilm readers; microfilm cabinets and CD-Rom collections.

We also judiciously weeded our collections. Nothing important was removed - most of the "weeding" was disposal of items with out-of-date information (research guides for example), triplicate / quadruplicate copies and items that had on-line presence on multiple websites. We also removed duplicates and put them into our basement stack - we took large runs of titles and put them in the basement, keeping representative copies on the open shelves, so people know to ask for other years (for example telephone books, Victorian County Histories, Burke's Peerages, Army, Navy and Air Force Lists etc). And we've kept the more popular New Zealand electoral rolls for election years from 1981 out on the open shelves, but have put the in-between rolls into a side stack room on the floor. These are requestable, and just take a few minutes to retrieve.

This has given us more space for people, and allows us to have more space for our growing collections.

We are still tweaking with the layout, as we receive feedback both from staff working in the space, and also from customers visiting.

If you visit and can't find something, please do ask. It might just be in different place, or even in our basement. Ask us and we will find it for you.

Our large format map collection was about the only thing that we removed. The cabinets are so huge - sadly we just didn't have the space for it. These maps were donated to good homes within various NZ Society of Genealogist branches and interest groups.Maps are available online in various places as well.

Our main Reference Desk has changed places too - it's now down the opposite end of the Research Centre near the computers, and we also have staff circulating on the floor that you can call on for assistance.

You may also see new faces in the Research Centre. Our team is the now called the "Research and Information team" - and we are now a team of 17 full and part time staff. We also look after some of the collections on the First Floor. With the new staff and responsibilities, our specialties have grown to include Music, Law, current Council documentation, car manuals and Statistics.

In addition to our current team members, the staff from other teams in Central Library may also be rostered to work in the Research Centre. The sharing of staff resources is to enable us to have a more flexible workforce, and to ensure that we all know something of each others collections and responsibilities.

This of course means that on-the-job training and coaching is taking place. Subject specialist help is still not too far away if  the rostered staff member can't help - one or more of us is usually around, and staff can ring a call bell, or we also offer Book A Librarian sessions for longer more in-depth questions.

The Book a Librarian service is being offered to those customers who
  • need assistance to begin their family history research
  • need help to use the Family and Local History Digital Library databases and subscription websites
  • have a family history research ‘brick wall’ that they need assistance with

It is a “how to” training service to enable customers to be able to carry out their own research. It is not really a research service i.e.- we are not doing the research for the customer, although we may do so during the tutorial session.

To get the best out of this session, we ask the customer to fill in a form telling us some brief background details and a pedigree chart of the branch of the family the query is about.

Seonaid also offers Book A Librarian clinics at the other three Research Centres

Another service we offer is our Research Service. The Research Service offers free research for the first 30 minutes, but then we charge $20.70 for each half hour after that. The free 30 minutes is usually enough to find that newspaper article or death notice you want, if you provide us with the correct date and title of the newspaper. Or to do a quick look up of our databases. We always scope the request out so we can gauge how much work is required, and get the customers permission before progressing.

To get the most out of the free or paid research service it pays to be brief and to the point. 

Think about what you need:
  • What is your question?
  • Provide names, dates and country of people (or places) you are needing information for
  • Where have you looked already?
  • What proof do you already have about that person (people)?
    Most importantly - have you already got hold of any birth, marriage or death certificates that may answer your question? Review them again with fresh eyes.

Feel free to contact us if you need to ask any questions.

Happy hunting

Seonaid