Family History Month

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Family History Month

Te Marama Hītoria ā-Whānau | Family History Month
In August we celebrate Family History and enjoy sharing knowledge and resources with those who are keen to learn more about their own family's history.

Discovering Whakapapa

Ko Tarawera me Ngongotahā ngā maunga

Ko Tūhourangi, ko Ngāti Whakaue, ko Ngāti Tarāwhai aku iwi.

Ko Hinemihi me Te Pākira aku marae.

Rangitihi Pene, Mātauranga Māori and Engagement Lead at Te Aka Mauri will assist those who are beginning to rangahau (research) their whakapapa.

Due to COVID restrictions, we have a recorded presentation by Rangitihi Pene which you can view HERE.


Family History Research Assistance

Members of the NZ Society of Genealogists will make themselves available every Wednesday in August. Whether you are just starting out or you are knee-deep in family history documents, these experienced genealogist can offer sound advice to help you. This drop-in service on Wednesdays 10am - 2pm does not require booking and is offered free-of-charge. Join us on the Second Floor of the Library.


Morning tea with the Genealogy Group

Enjoy a cup of tea and informal discussion with members of the Rotorua Branch of the NZ Society of Genealogists. Topics will include Getting started and D.N.A. technology. Bring a friend and ask all your genealogy research questions which these helpful volunteers will be happy to answer. Thursday 5 August 10 - 11am


Researching your Scottish Ancestors

We are very pleased to have Morag Hughson speaking about researching your Scottish ancestors.
Which records should I use? Where do I find them? What is in them and should I pay for them?
Morag has considerable experience on this topic and is keen to share her journey and advice to others who have Scottish ancestry.
This talk will be held in the Community Pride Space on the Ground Floor of the Library on
Thursday 12 August at 12:15pm.


Self-Publishing your Family History

For anyone interested in publishing their own family's history, we have a panel of four speakers who are happy to share their experiences of doing just that.
Do you have to find a publisher?
Can I do it on my own computer?
What does it cost?

Come along and find out how you can publish your family history.
Thursday 19 August 12.15 - 1pm


You can also find out more about our Genealogy and Family History collections on the second floor of the library here.