Archive for December 2016

The best of 2016 - Ireland

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Was 2016 a breakthrough year for you in your research? Did you uncover something of huge interest? We here at Central Research have come up with our own personal family history highlights, and over the next few weeks, we'll be sharing some of them with you.

First up, is Maureen:
Early in 2016 I predicted that Irish genealogy was a case of ‘watch this space’.  And so it proved in September when many of the records that had been promised in the preceding years became available free to the internet – civil registration and land records among them. Now is the time to explore these records, particularly the images of the birth, death and marriage records, which were previously available at a cost of €4 each.  Supplemented by the increasing records available in subscription databases, there has never been a better time to crack some of those brick walls.  For more information please check out the following websites and blogs:

Maureen West - Central Research


Merry Christmas from the Kintalk team

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It's almost Christmas, and as many of us wind down for a few days, we trust that this year has been a most interesting time for you in your family history endeavours ... maybe some of those impenetrable brick walls were finally smashed to pieces... maybe a new lead opened up... maybe it was just pure frustration and you really do need a break before you head back into the agony and the ecstasy that is family history research.
May you all have a lovely time this Christmas season.
Merry Christmas from the Kintalk team.

For more olde Christmas card goodness, here's a link to the Christmas Card exhibition  online. Enjoy.

Travel Tuesday: Come and live and play in New Zealand

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 While we are a small nation of immigrants, its interesting to think about our appeal to the rest of the world, and how we are marketed overseas.

A new book Selling the Dream: Classic New Zealand Tourism Posters based on the Canterbury Museum Exhibition of the same name, showcases the appeal of New Zealand to those who came to visit and - who knows - may well have decided to stay.

The book is made up of 50 tourism posters from the 1920s to 1960s, posters that sought to promote the "glamour of travel and New Zealand's tourism attractions of the day." To use a cliché, the pages are a visual feast of art, arranged according to headings including Maoriland, recreation, landmarks, trains and planes, and scenic wonderland.

The cover image is a poster promoting South Westland that cleverly tapped into the popularity of Western movies of the 1950s with its scenic backdrop and farmer making his way along the river. It was painted by Marcus King (1891-1984), the Tourism and Publicity Department's official artist, who, a recent book on the man himself suggested, was New Zealand's most viewed artist.

And what about this this gorgeous poster from the Tourism Dept (1936) promoting... fishing! It was painted by Railways Department artist, Maurice Poulton (1909-1983). Interestingly, after his retirement in 1955, Poulton developed a very keen interest in fly fishing. (I love that pipe!)

This is a lovely book to browse and admire these wonderful artists and, let's face it, with 'natural' events of late, its always good to remind ourselves just what is good about this truly beautiful, albeit earthquake-prone country. There are several copies of Selling the Dream in Auckland Libraries for you to look at... but I think this is one book that would make a lovely gift for somebody this Christmas.
Joanne - Central Research

Treasure Chest Thursday: A gold mine not to be overlooked

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When sorting through some books that had been donated to us, a while back, I came across a copy of NZ Pioneers’ & Descendants’ Club Inc. Silver Jubilee 1939-1964 booklet of which there are several copies in the libraries’ collection.  This small publication runs to 63 pages and probably would not attract the attention of many if seen on the library’s catalogue or a shelf somewhere.

How wrong we would be to disregard this little gem!  It gives a brief history of the club and why it was set up: “To create the spirit of friendship; To get memories of the early days published in detail…”  The rest of the booklet offers much for those whose forebears either belonged to the club or are the subjects of the histories included.  There is a list of present and past officers, list of current members and date when forebear arrived, ships date of arrival and member’s name, alphabetical list of surnames mentioned in articles followed by many brief details about (mainly grandparent) immigrants who arrived in the 1840s-1870s.

Some entries give a human insight into events such as the Waikato and Taranaki Wars that you don't get from the many history books available to us; while many of the members were living in Auckland their immigrant forebears settled all over New Zealand.

The following is an extract from a typical entry “…The family travelled by bullock waggon along the coast to Bulls, finally settling at York Farm, Marton.  He was hopeless as a farmer, so became a teacher.”  This man was not alone in failing at what he chose to do on arrival in order to put food on the family table.

An interesting read, and pure gold for anyone whose ancestor is listed.

Marie Hickey