The following week, Grant Hays, Curator of Vehicles, Artillery and Technology at the National Army Museum Te Mata Toa will present Discovering Online WWI Service Records. Hays has done extensive research - six full family histories (civil and military), researched all 615 POWs whose names appear on the Prisoner Of War wall at the Museum, and is currently researching all the NZ POWs captured in WW2. He assists members of the public with research queries on everything from personal family service history to Centurion tanks, to obscure artefacts in the museum collection. He will uncover some gems from the New Zealand Archives website and share some useful examples for those doing their own family history.
This year we are also including live-screenings of talks from Auckland Libraries Family History Monthy programme. These will be played in the Discovery Space on the 2nd floor on Wednesdays in August. Speakers include Irish genealogist John Grenham, Curt Witcher from the Genealogy Center, Allen County Public Library (Indiana, USA), genetic genealogist Michelle Patient on DNA genealogy, and Gail Wilson-Waring, researcher and genealogist from TV3's show 'David Lomas Investigates' and historian Kae Lewis. These talks will run at the following times:
Wednesday 5 August, 10am-12pm Starting research in Irish records
Wednesday 5 August, 12pm-1pm Mining the Mother Lode
Wednesday 12 August, 12pm-1pm A walk around "What are the odds?"
Wednesday 19 August, 12pm-1pm The baby in the phone box
Wednesday 26 August, 12pm-1pm The worldwide Goldrushes of the Nineteenth Century
Our thanks to Auckland Libraries for allowing us to screen these talks
Thursday 6 August, 12.30pm – 1.30pm and 5.30pm - 7pm
Manukau Lewis will assist those who have lost touch of knowledge of their tūpuna (ancestors) and those whom have tūpuna Māori, but don’t know how to start their rangahau (research).
DigitalNZ A-Tihi o Aotearoa - Connections across Collections
Thursday 13 August, 11am - 12.30pm
DigitalNZ brings together the collections of over 200 institutions from around Aotearoa, so that they can all be searched on one website. Thomasin Sleigh will present an interactive workshop on DigitalNZ, including search tips, new collections of interest to genealogists, and developments for the website’s future.
He Toa Taumata Rau - Online Cenotaph – Sharing our Stories
Thursday 13 August, 5.30pm - 7pm
Madison Pine from Auckland War Memorial Museum will present a workshop exploring Online Cenotaph. This workshop will explore how to search for family military history and demonstrate how you can contribute from your own family history to the database.
Discovering Online WW1 Service Records
Thursday 20 August, 5.30pm - 7pm
Join Grant Hays, curator at the National Army Museum Te Mata Toa, as he uncovers some information gems from the New Zealand Archives website and shows some useful examples to help you get started or continue on your current project.
A koha is appreciated to attend any of the above events.
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