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Nov 052015

Volunteers Needed

The NZSG’s FamilySearch Microfilm Service needs more volunteers to help run its desk at the National Library in Molesworth Street, Wellington.

If you’re within easy transport of Wellington and willing to help even one half-day a month, we’d be most grateful.

The Microfilm Service helps family historians pursue their research through FamilySearch and its extensive library of microfilms and microfiches. It’s an easy task – and it also gives you time to do your own genealogy through the National Library’s free access to Ancestry, Find My Past, the Genealogist, the British Newspaper Archive, plus all its other family history resources.

What more could you ask for than to do your own research whilst helping others!

We work Monday to Saturday. Shifts can be morning 10am-1pm or afternoon 1pm-4pm – or if you prefer you can do a whole day from 10am to 4pm with a break for lunch. Ah bliss!!!! J To be lost in the Library for a whole day! We finish at 4pm but the Library closes at 5pm.

We’re close to buses and trains for those using public transport. If you come by car, there’s free parking on Saturdays but your car needs to be moved after 2hrs.

There are training sessions for those just starting and you’ll have someone with you till you feel comfortable in going solo. The National Library staff is very friendly and helpful, too!

If you’d like to help your fellow genealogists and you have some spare time, please email Christine Fogden christinefogden “at” xtra.co.nz.

We need more assistance to help keep this valuable service operating.



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Jul 192012

Genealogy’s Great – Pass it On

 Our next meeting is:

Tuesday 24 July 2012

Kapiti Community Centre 7pm

  Guest Speaker: Heidi Kuglen, Archives NZ

Heidi will speak about Passenger Lists and the Digitisation Project recently completed in conjunction with Family Search of Utah.

Family History: Preserving our Past for the Future

 19 July 2012  Posted by at 11:11 am Meetings , , ,  No Responses »

Online family trees


Another way to give your research a jump start is to find others researching the same families as you.

There are many sites where you can find family trees.


Not everyone has been as careful as you about

  • checking your data,
  • noting your sources (what you found, where, when, and from whom),
  • documenting why you have reached the conclusions you have reached, or in
  • acknowledging the people who helped you reach those conclusions.

Most sites will have an ability to add Post-it notes for corrections, queries and contact details for the submitter.

Just some of the most popular – there are many others out there.

Free trees:

Collaborative – ie work with others to improve an overall one-world tree:



Individual trees, easily refreshed via GEDCom from your genie program:

Rootsweb (WorldConnect)

Commercial sites:

Ancestry – tree itself only requires registration, not a subscription, and may be shared with others to work with them on your tree, but maximum benefit gained with a subscription to attach sources from their extensive collections.

MyHeritage – small trees may be built for free, but as per ancestry, more benefit obtained via a subscription

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