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Feb 092017

A belated “Welcome to 2017” from the Outreach Services team.


The first family history monthly event for the year is coming up.  We are starting the year with one of our popular introductory tours of the family history collection. Whether you are new to family history research, or just need a refresher, join this tour that will introduce you to the many family history resources held in the Family History Collection and Alexander Turnbull Library. Fiona Gray, Research Librarian Family History, and Librarian Audrey Waugh, will be your guides.


Friday 24 February 2017

10:30 to 11:30am

Meet in the level 1 foyer

National Library building, cnr Molesworth & Aitken Street, Thorndon, Wellington

Please register as numbers are limited. Bookings to ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz


You might also be interested in two curatorial lectures being presented by Turnbull staff.

On Wednesday 15 February 2017 Curator of Drawings Paintings and Prints, Dr Oliver Stead, talks about Gideon Mantell and the evolution of dinosaur imagery in Mantell: a monstrous vision, and the following week (22 February) Barbara Lyon, Curator Ephemera, will be discussing Social media promotion of the Ephemera Collection.


Both talks will be held in Te Ahumairangi ground floor of the National Library, corner of Aitken and Molesworth Streets, Thorndon, Wellington, and start at 5:30pm. These are public event but please RSVP to events.natlib@dia.govt.nz with Mantell or Ephemera in the subject line.


For further information about events at the National Library of New Zealand please see the website www.natlib.govt.nz

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Wednesday 24 August

“She signed the suffrage petition”

In 1893 nearly 32,000 signatures were obtained on a petition calling for New Zealand woman to have the vote. The women’s suffrage petition is one of the iconic documents in the guardianship of Archives NZ that will make up a new permanent exhibition at the National Library of NZ alongside the 1835 Declaration of Independence / He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga and the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi / Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

To give context and interpretation to the documents there will be an accompanying exhibition. This will include information about the suffrage petition and the women who signed it.  The objective is to have a biography of at least one woman from each of the 567 pages of the petition.

If you would like to contribute to the project to write short biographies (100 to 200 words) of these women, join

Stef Lash, Archives NZ, and some of those who have already written biographies, to find out what is involved and learn about the resources that have proved most useful.


Venue: Tiakiwai, Lower Ground Floor (Aitken Street entrance)

Time: 12:15 to 1:00pm. 
Numbers limited. Bookings required. Contact ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz

FHM 2016 ATL Suffrage

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Tuesday 23 August

Introductory tour of family history resources

Come to the National Library for a tour to introduce you to the many family history resources held in the collections. Margaret Hurst, Research Librarian Family History, and Librarian Fiona Gray, will be your guides.

Venue: Meet on Level 1, National Library of NZ

Time: 10:00 to 11:00am.
Numbers limited. Bookings required. Contact ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz

No charge.

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Tuesday 16 August

Worth sharing; telling inspirational family stories

For our Family History Monthly Talk journalist and writer

Gerard Hindmarsh will explain how he has gone about researching and sharing his own family stories. Gerard has spent many years as both a print and radio journalist/story teller for such diverse media as Radio New Zealand, Radio Live, Fairfax Media and the New Zealand Listener, as well as being the author of five books published by Potton and Burton. His book Angelina: From Stromboli to D’Urville Island, is a fictionalised account of his grandparents’ lives.

Gerard’s talk has been arranged with the kind support of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists.


Venue: Tiakiwai, Lower Ground Floor (Aitken Street entrance)

Time: 12:10 to 1:00pm.  
Entry: No charge.

FHM 2016 ATL Angelina


Followed by:

Tuesday 16 August

National Preservation Office Conservation Clinic

Get preservation advice on the care, handling and storage of your treasured family items from Field Conservator Vicki-Anne Heikell. Please note that conservators are not able to provide valuations.

Venue: Tiakiwai, Lower Ground Floor (Aitken Street entrance)

Time: 1:00pm to 1:30pm. Bookings essential. Contact preservation@dia.govt.nz

Entry: No charge.

Jun 182016

The next of the monthly talks at the National Library, held third Tuesday of every month, details available on their Events calendar near the time

  • Date: Tuesday, 21 June, 2016
  • Time: 12:10 – 1:10pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Location: Tiakiwai Conference Centre, Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Wellington
  • Contact Details: Phone Joan McCracken on 04 474 3056 or email ATLOutreach “at” dia.govt.nz

A family history monthly talk

From recording place names to their aesthetic appeal, maps are a powerful record of our history and our encounters within Aotearoa New Zealand. However we can also glean mountains of family history from maps. Where did your ancestor live? What was the size and scope of their section? What was the town or landscape like at the time? And how do you find that treasured map in our collections?

Jared Davidson is a Research Archivist at Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga.

Mark Bagnall is the Cartographic Curator at the Alexander Turnbull Library.

No booking necessary.


Plan of subdivision of part of Gracefield estate, surveyed by Thomas Ward. 1917. Ref: MapColl 832.4794gbbd 1917 9261

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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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Aug 212015

Guided Tour of National Library New Zealand

Tuesday 1st September 2015, Starting at 10.30am

Meeting in the Foyer

Corner of Molesworth Street and Aitken Street, Wellington.

 If you would like to take a guided tour of National Library New Zealand, then this is your opportunity.  This tour is suitable for both experienced and not so experienced genealogists.  You may be surprised just what is held there.

 The tour is approximately 1 hour duration.  It will give a general overview of National Library NZ, with a focus on Genealogy and Family History.  A moderate amount of walking and standing will be involved.

 We recommend that the group takes the 9.00am train from Waikanae (9.05 Paraparaumu).  It is a short walk to Molesworth St from Wellington Station (slightly uphill).  You can use your Gold Card from 9.00am (return voyage by 3pm). Of course you can use private transport.  A day Rover fare is $14.00 if you do not have a gold card.

 After the tour you can stay and do some research.  All bags will need to be left in lockers on site, free of charge.  The café is located on the 1st floor, so you can stay and have lunch if you wish.

 In preparation for the tour, it may be useful to visit http://www.natlib.govt.nz

 Numbers are limited so please register

by Fri 28th August

email:  Kathy Callaghan at kathycallaghan “at”gmail.com or Ph: 297 0733

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Feb 162015

Dear friends

Our 2015 programme of Family History Monthly Talks starts next week.  We hope you can join us.

Due to a hiccup or two in our plans we have had to make some date and venue changes for the talks.  Most will be in Tiakiwai on the Ground Floor, as usual, but the rooms are not always available on the 3rdTuesday of the month – instead it will be some time in the 3rd week of each month, February to November.  All will be at the usual time of 12:10 to 1:00pm.

Our first presentation is from Fiona Gray, Librarian in the Turnbull’s Research Enquiries team, on Tuesday 17 February 2015.  In her talk Fiona will focus on three important databases.

A taster – Searching and making sense of 3 useful Family History databases: (1) Ancestry Library Edition, (2) British Newspaper Archive, and (3) Find My Past

This presentation will be in the Co-Create area at the back of the Ground Floor (there will be staff there to guide you).  This year we are not going to take bookings for these sessions but do remember that under fire-regulations we have a maximum of 80 people in our venues and may need to turn away late-comers if we are full (it hasn’t happened yet – but we’ve been close!).

Another new and exciting addition to our programme is a series of Conservation Clinics that will be held after the talks every second month starting this month then April, June, August, and October. In these sessions the National Preservation Office Field Conservator, Vicki-Anne Heikell, will be available to offer you preservation advice on the care, handling and storage of your treasured family items.  Many of you will have met Vicki-Anne at the “Speed-dating with a conservator” or box-making workshops held last year.

The clinics run from 1:00 to 1:30 in the same venue as the talk. Bookings for these sessions are advised:  preservation@dia.govt.nz. Please note that conservators are not able to provide valuations.

We do have a draft programme of talks prepared for the rest of 2015 which I include here.  There may be changes so we will continue to send out notices before each event and please also watch the National Library website for other activities happening in the Library www.natlib.govt.nz/events

Date Who Topic Comments

17 February


Fiona Gray Subscription databases +Conservation Clinic

18 March


Trish McCormack / Glenda Gale Criminal records With Archives NZ
Monday 20 April


Joan McCracken Cenotaph database ANZAC Day link (Gallipoli 150)

+Conservation Clinic

Friday 22 May


Margaret Hurst Church / school records Also NZ Music Month

17 June


Panel Wellington city sources To tie in with Wellington 150

(26 July 2015)

ATL opened 1920 on 28/6/1920

+Conservation Clinic


21 July


Trish Beamsley Te Reo Mâori resources Te Wiki o te reo Mâori

27 July to 2 August


19 August


Jocelyn Chalmers “Funny old sources” Family History Month – see also below

+Conservation Clinic


15 September


Mark Bagnall Maps Wellington Heritage Month

Donor’s Day ca.14 September


20 October


Gillian Headifen The Marquette Anniversary 23 October 2015

Also Auckland Heritage Festival

+Conservation Clinic


17 November


Tracy Powell

Emerson Vandy

Papers Past updated

Family History Month (August) – as well as the monthly talk Imaging Services will offer another talk on digitisation of family collections and “behind the scenes” tours of Imaging Services.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Family History events this year.  If you have any comments – or suggestions for other topics we might cover in future events – please send them to ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz

Ngâ Mihi


Joan McCracken | Leader Outreach Services

Alexander Turnbull Library | National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mâtauranga o Aotearoa

Direct dial: 64 4 474 3056 |ext: 3056

Cnr Molesworth & Aitken Streets | PO Box 12349 Wellington 6144 | www.natlib.govt.nz

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