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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.

 

 

 5 November 2015  Posted by at 3:44 pm Uncategorized ,  No Responses »
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

 21 August 2015  Posted by at 1:15 am Uncategorized  No Responses »
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
Tuesday

17 February

Co-Create

Fiona Gray Subscription databases +Conservation Clinic
Wednesday

18 March

Tiakiwai

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

Tiakiwai

Joan McCracken Cenotaph database ANZAC Day link (Gallipoli 150)

+Conservation Clinic

Friday 22 May

Tiakiwai

Margaret Hurst Church / school records Also NZ Music Month
Wednesday

17 June

Tiakiwai

Panel Wellington city sources To tie in with Wellington 150

(26 July 2015)

ATL opened 1920 on 28/6/1920

+Conservation Clinic

Tuesday

21 July

Tiakiwai

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

27 July to 2 August

Wednesday

19 August

Tiakiwai

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

+Conservation Clinic

Tuesday

15 September

Tiakiwai

Mark Bagnall Maps Wellington Heritage Month

Donor’s Day ca.14 September

Tuesday

20 October

Tiakiwai

Gillian Headifen The Marquette Anniversary 23 October 2015

Also Auckland Heritage Festival

+Conservation Clinic

Tuesday

17 November

Tiakiwai

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

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

National Library of New Zealand is a part of the Department of Internal Affairs

 16 February 2015  Posted by at 12:15 pm Uncategorized  No Responses »
Aug 212014
 

Guided Tour of National Library New Zealand

Tusday September 2nd 2014, 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.  Pencil only is allowed in the library.  Pencils are available.  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 29th August

Please use the Contact us link above to register your interest.

 21 August 2014  Posted by at 12:27 am Uncategorized  No Responses »
Apr 102014
 

Prussians of the South Seas? Military resources in the Turnbull:  12.10 – 1.00pm Tuesday  15 April 2014

In honour of Anzac Day, this month’s family history talk is focussed on sources in the Turnbull’s unpublished collections that relate to New Zealanders’ involvement in conflicts from the 1840s to the 1970s. 

Research Librarian Kevin Stewart, will discuss how manuscripts, photographs, and art works can give context to your family history research

 

The venue is the Tiakiwai Conference Centre, Lower Ground, National Library building, cnr Molesworth & Aitken Street

(Entrance from Aitken Street or downstairs from Ground Floor foyer)

Spaces are limited, so please let us know if you are interested send email to

Cellia Joe
Heritage Advice Coordinator
Outreach Services
Alexander Turnbull Library

ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz

 10 April 2014  Posted by at 2:41 pm Uncategorized ,  No Responses »
Feb 132014
 

The first of the monthly Tues lunchtime talks for the 2014 year is this coming Tues, February 18th

Delving into the thick of it – newspapers online

  • Date: 18 February, 2014
  • Time: 12.10 – 1.00pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Location: Lower ground floor, National Library building, corner of Molesworth and Aitken Streets
  • Contact Details: Book your spot by emailing atloutreach “at” dia.govt.nz or calling Cellia Joe on 04 462 3935

Find out more about the resources and services at the Alexander Turnbull Library and National Library that can help with your family history research.

Do you use Papers Past? Did you know that the National Library makes a number of other newspaper databases available? Would you like to know how to use these valuable resources more effectively?

In our first talk for the year Research Librarian Fiona Gray will look at newspapers online (both subscription and free) for your family history research.

This is a free event, but space is limited. Book your spot by emailing atloutreach “at”dia.govt.nz or calling Cellia Joe on 04 462 3935.

 13 February 2014  Posted by at 3:32 pm Uncategorized  No Responses »
Sep 182013
 

12.10 – 1pm Tuesday 15 October – What is she wearing?

Due to popular demand, Walter Cook, of the Alexander Turnbull Library’s Arrangement & Description team, will repeat his Family History Month talk on how 19th and early 20th century photographs can be dated through understanding changes in woman’s fashion and clothing.

12.10 – 1pm Tuesday 19 November – Byte Back! Getting a handle on your digital files

In our last talk for the year, Leigh Rosin, the Library’s Digital Archivist, will give you practical advice on how to manage your digital files and media.  Learn the basics about the care and handling of physical media like CDs and hard drives, as well as good practice in file naming, organisation and back ups

 

Numbers limited– bookings essential.

Please email outreach2 “at” dia.govt.nz or phone Cellia Joe 462 3935

Venue: Tiakiwai Conference Centre

Lower Ground, National Library building, cnr Molesworth & Aitken Street, Wellington

(Entrance from Aitken Street or downstairs from Ground Floor foyer)

See the National Library website for details www.natlib.govt.nz

 18 September 2013  Posted by at 3:12 pm Uncategorized  No Responses »
Aug 212013
 

Guided Tour of National Library New Zealand

Thursday September 19th 2013, 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.  Pencil only is allowed in the library.  Pencils are available.  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 13th September

Please use the Contact us link above to register your interest.

 21 August 2013  Posted by at 10:27 pm Uncategorized  No Responses »
Jun 182013
 

 

12.10 – 1pm Tuesday 16 July – Personal views of day to day life

GIllian Headifen, Research Librarian, Oral History, will give an overview of how oral history can be used to provide a social history context for family history research.

 

12.10 – 1pm Tuesday 20 August – Great Uncle Charles and me

Jocelyn Chalmers, Research Librarian Manuscripts, will give an illustrated talk showing how manuscripts from the Turnbull collections can add richness to your research.

 

12.10 – 1pm Tuesday 17 September – Ko Wai Au – Whakapapa research for beginners

Trish Beamsley, Research Librarian, Māori, will explore some of the key resources available to assist people researching their Māori heritage.

Numbers limited– bookings essential.

Please email outreach2 “at” dia.govt.nz or phone Cellia Joe 462 3935

 

Venue: Douglas Lilburn Room, Alexander Turnbull Library

Level 1, National Library building, cnr Molesworth & Aitken Street, Wellington

Please note food and drink cannot be consumed in this room,

 

Further talks are scheduled – see the National Library website for details www.natlib.govt.nz

 

 18 June 2013  Posted by at 11:32 pm Uncategorized  No Responses »