YURU was born out of a desire by Kapiti Branch to launch an activity involving national identities in researching their family history. The presentation of the results of this research to a live audience, is used to promote the challenge and enjoyment of family history and provides guidance to resources and methods used in tracking ancestors. This annual programme is an educational tool.
The first round of YURU was completed for the Branch EXPO in 2008, with Kevin Milne, formerly of TVNZ “Fair Go” and Anna Kenna, Radio & TV producer and children’s book author.
Anna presented a revised version of her story at the Branch 25th Anniversary celebrations in 2009.
In 2010 our guest was Sue Scott, a former TVNZ weather presenter and now a communications consultant.
Our 2011 guest was Sir Jon Trimmer, long standing dancer with the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company.
For 2012 we welcome Dame Kate Harcourt with “Virtues from the past”.
YURU has a NZ trademark owned by NZSG. Kapiti Branch has sole rights to use the trademark.
Each YURU guest provides as much information on their family as they can to our Research Officer, Sue Greene of Otaki. Sue has over 20 years of genealogy experience.
First step is for the production team to meet with the guest and assess what information that person has available such as certificates, other records, photos and oral history.
This usually starts of with parents, onto grandparents and so on.
From then on contact can be maintained by phone and e-mail as she starts the process of searching internationally available records.
All stages are reported back to the guest.
Our experience to date suggests this research phase can take 4 to 6 months depending on the availability of information and records.
The principle task is to authenticate every finding.
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