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In 2010 Pub Charity generously supported our activities with a grant towards our Branch membership of FamNet. This, and additional donations from Members, have enabled us to accept a negotiated 2 year subscription to FamNet and to assist in the further development of the facility

Your committee negotiated this access on the basis that it provides yet another resource for members, in much the same way that you can use findmypast.com, ancestry.com and many other sites at our research centre. The advantage with FamNet is that you can work from your computer at home.

Our agreement with FamNet provided members of the Kapiti Branch of The New Zealand Society of Genealogists with FamNet membership until 29 July 2012.

FamNet consists of both a data base of family trees, and a growing collection of data.
You have the option of contributing your own and collaborating on ancestors shared with other trees.
FamNet will grow over time as more data is added. It also allows links between members through website hosting, newsletters, mail lists, information exchange, blogs and discussion groups.
It hosts an increasing range of databases. A number of family history groups have recently joined or are in the pipeline and we are currently the largest. We hope to use this facility for a range of interactive branch related information exchange and calendar activity.

We hope that you will enjoy, and use, this new resource.


From time to time a newsletter will be published, bringing you up to date with new developments, sites you can access for further information and FAQs. As is normal practice there is an unsubscribe option.

What is FamNet

The best introduction is actually on the site itself.
The main address is http://famnet.org.nz/
from which you can access both the databases of information available and the online family trees.

You are registered under the email address we, Kapiti Genealogy, have for you.
Up until 29 July 2012 no payment is required, this is from the Pub Charity Grant, and the donations received.

Log in (see below) and explore.
Your initial log on is your email address.

If an existing subscriber, simply continue using the system as usual.

If this is your introduction to FamNet:
Go to http://famnet.org.nz/
Enter your email address, and select Forgotten Password.
Your password will be emailed to you.
(If you select New User it will be detected that you already exist and ask you to login instead).

Once logged in you can, and should, change your password.
You also have the option of creating an easier to remember logon to use instead of your email address.
See the Famnet menu for the options to do so (Edit your profile/Change password respectively)

Notes for people sharing email addresses

If you are one of our members sharing an email address, at the moment, only one user has been set up.
Should you wish to control access to these facilities individually it is suggested that you may wish to explore the free email address facilities offered by such providers as gmail.
Alternate email addresses can be very useful, and accessible via the internet from anywhere.
(The google accounts that come with a gmail address have a number of very useful free facilities available with them, eg an ability to saving favourite places on maps).

Let our FamNet coordinator know if you both wish to access FamNet/NZGDB independently so that your subscription can be applied to your new email address.

Notes for existing subscribers

If you are one of our members already registered with FamNet or NZGDB, your subscription should have automatically had 2 years added to the current expiry date.
If however, you are registered under a different email to that with the branch, we need to know your other email address in order to apply the subscription credit correctly.
Let our FamNet coordinator know the details.


One of the main benefits of FamNet is the ability to share your family tree online, find others researching the same families, and even link your tree to others so that data is not duplicated.
This latter is particularly useful when several of you are researching the same area, and you know that a person who married into your tree appears in other trees with a lot of data on their ancestry.
Simply go to that person, chose update, find the appropriate parents in the other tree and assign them to yours.
The genealogy charts available will now show your data linked to the other tree – but still totally under your control.

You can also give fellow researchers permission to update people in your tree.
Again, all of this is totally under your own control, with strict privacy settings on living people.

Contribute data

FamNet is no longer in its infancy.
It will continue to grow if people consider contributing data.
If you have a database that may be of interest to others, consider sharing it via FamNet.
Access to such contributed databases is entirely under your control, and may be open to the general public, or limited to specific people or groups.

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