Archive for September 2008

Historic newspapers: now searchable

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Historic newspapers are easier to find thanks to the digitalisation programme run by the National Library. Papers Past covers the years 1839 to 1920 and has 45 New Zealand newspapers currently available of which 24 are key word searchable. There are plans to make all the newspapers on the website searchable in the coming year. More papers will be added in the next 12 months, such as the NZ Truth from 1906 to 1930 (an excellent source of divorces). The highlight this year was the release of The Grey River Argus, the first newspaper on Papers Past to cover the entire First World War and a significant source of early labour history.
Historical British newspapers are also accessible in the Digital Library on the Auckland City Libraries website. Gale Thompson’s British Newspapers 1600-1900, Proquest’s The Guardian and the Observer 1791-2003 and, of course, the Times Digital Archive, are fully text searchable and include a wealth of information from historical news stories to marriage or death announcements.

Trinity House Petitions

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Do you have an English mariner or lighthouse keeper in your family tree?
If so, the TRINITY HOUSE PETITIONS may be a useful source for you. We now hold on microfilm the years 1787 to 1854. Trinity House Corporation, in addition to being responsible for lighthouses around England, acted as a charitable body for mariners and their families. Those applying for aid had to give a detailed account of their circumstances and the records of those petitions provide a wealth of family information
The Society of Genealogists [in London] has produced “Trinity House petitions; a calendar of the records…” which provides a name index of those listed on the microfilms. It is available in the Auckland Research Centre ( 4 GBR OCC) and may be found on top of the cabinets containing the films of the petitions themselves.
Background information about the TRINITY HOUSE PETITIONS may be found in the following articles:
“The Trinity House Petitions” by Anthony J. Camp
Family Tree May 1986 p.13 ( 1 GEN)
“Trinity House Petitions” by Steven Thomas
Practical Family History June 2008 pp.30-32(1 GEN)

Family history lock in

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Always dreamed of spending the night in our research library? 
Auckland City Libraries is running a family history focused library lock-in, in partnership with the New Zealand Society of Genealogists.                
Check out what you get for your registration fee of  $30.00 for members; $40.00 for non members

  • Participants will enjoy a night of unlimited research in the Auckland Research Centre - who knows what can be found!.
  • Discuss your research with other family history researchers and subject experts in a friendly atmosphere.
  • experts on hand from the library and the New Zealand Society of Genealogists
  • tea, coffee, milo, orange juice and snacks available.
  • pizza at midnight
Book your place by calling or use our online form.
Comments from previous lock-ins:
“Just like to thank you and the team for a great night. Well organised, lots to eat, and lots and lots to research. I had great success“ 

“Many thanks for the chance to participate in last Friday's lock-in. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it - even if I did suffer from what felt very much like jet-lag on Saturday! I finally found something that could possibly lead to more information on my maternal grandmother's birth - the first really good lead in 25 years!

Many thanks also to your librarians, who were always so helpful. 

The night passed so quickly and I didn't need to look at my watch once to check that it was time to go. Look forward to the next one in 2006.“ 

“Thank you for having the vision to organise the lock-in - the service from you and your team plus the experts was faultless. I heard many cries of joy as ancestors were located and brick walls came tumbling down. It was truely a genealogical adventure and I do hope it won't be the last.“