Family History Day

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Family History Day

Using the Library resources at the Genealogists Beginners Night held recently.

Researching your family's history can be a rewarding and even exciting project, uncovering stories about the lives of your ancestors. Every family is different and so for genealogists, the journey to source information can vary greatly.

This year, the Heritage & Research Team at Te Aka Mauri, in collaboration with Bay of Plenty Family History Month, have put together a day-long programme of talks relevant to those taking up the challenge.

All these talks are free to attend and there will be time in-between to learn about and utilise the Library's many genealogy resources.

What’s all the fuss about DNA?
10.10am - 11.20am

Seen the advertisement on TV about finding your roots using DNA? Or programmes like the DNA Detectives or Long Lost Family and wondered what this DNA testing was all about? Come along and hear scientist and genealogist Michelle Patient explore how DNA can tell you more about your roots and your ancestors, confirm your research and breakthrough brickwalls - oh and reveal the occasional skeleton. There will be plenty of time for Questions and Answers.

Michelle Patient will be presenting via Zoom

Presented by the Rotorua Branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists

NZ Army Service Records
11.30am - 12.15pm

Lucy Alabaster, Research Services Leader at the Kippenberger Research Centre, National Army Museum Te Mata Toa will provide an overview of researching New Zealand Army WWI and WWII service records.

The Dead Tell Tales
12.30pm - 1.15pm

Historian Lyn Williams publishes a regular column for the Waikato Times ‘The Dead Tell Tales’, which explores the lives of those buried in Waikato cemeteries. Lyn will share some stories of subjects with connections to Rotorua and highlight the research sources she draws upon and provide tips for researching your ancestors.

Waitangi Tribunal Research
1.30pm - 2.15pm

Professor Michael Belgrave, Professor of History at Massey University was a research manager for the Waitangi Tribunal and has published widely on Treaty and Māori history. Prof Belgrave will provide an introduction to Treaty of Waitangi research and settlements.

Waitangi Tribunal and Māori land research at Te Aka Mauri
2.30pm - 3.30pm

Rotorua Lakes Council Research Lead & Senior Advisor Ben Manley will explore resources and tools available at Te Aka Mauri for Waitangi Tribunal and Māori land research.