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Wed 5 Aug 2015, 12:00pm–1:00pm
Wed 12 Aug 2015, 12:00pm–1:00pm
Wed 19 Aug 2015, 12:00pm–1:00pm
Wed 26 Aug 2015, 12:00pm–1:00pm
Wed 2 Sep 2015, 12:00pm–1:00pm
Wed 16 Sep 2015, 12:00pm–1:00pm
Wed 30 Sep 2015, 12:00pm–1:00pm

Where: Central City Library, 44-46 Lorne St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: seonaid2

Are you interested in researching your family history? Are you looking for a particular relative? Have you reached a dead end with your research?

Come along to one of our fortnightly family history talks to learn about new techniques, resources and types of genealogical research. These talks are given by experts in their field and can provide valuable insight into the story of your family.

Coming up in the Series:

Wed 12 Aug, 12pm
Evernote for genealogists with Michelle Patient
Want an easy way to save webpages or oral histories? Note-taking is an essential part of the family history research process, and so is storing and retrieving them - if you can find where you put them.

Evernote is an easy-to-use, flexible tool that not only stores notes (text, sound, images and handwriting) but makes them easy to find. If you’re curious, come along to hear genealogist and ‘geek’ Michelle Patient explain the features of Evernote and how it can help researchers be more efficient, more focussed, and less frustrated.

Wed 19 Aug, 12pm
Preserving now for the future with David Ashman
Take a glimpse behind the scenes to see how we care for Heritage Collections at Auckland Libraries.
Join David Ashman for this illustrated presentation about how we look after the precious collections in our care. During the course of this session David will give handy tips about preserving your family documents, photographs and treasured books. David Ashman is the Preservation Manager and Book Conservator for Auckland Libraries.

Wed 26 Aug, 12 pm
Calling the roll: war memorial tablets with Bruce Ringer
Almost every New Zealand town has its own war memorial cenotaph or war memorial building, but less prominent are the war memorial tablets that hang in so many schools, churches and public halls (and sometimes in sports clubs, social clubs, lodges, businesses and returned services clubs).

While rolls of honour usually honour the fallen, the majority of rolls on memorial tablets list all who served. This talk will examine memorial tablets, plaques and shields that commemorate New Zealand wars, explore the criteria used to include names and touch on questions of ethnicity, women, and the artistic significance of these artefacts.

Wed 2 Sept, 12pm
Busting through those brick walls with Seonaid Lewis
Are your ancestors hiding from you? Did they change their names to confuse you or hide in the cupboard when the census enumerator called? Or maybe they jumped ship in some foreign country, leaving no forwarding address?
Come along and learn some strategies with Seonaid and see if we can outwit these schemers together.

Wed 16 September, 12pm
Everybody knows this is nowhere: Auckland community newspapers in the 1960s with Joanne Graves
The sixties are synonymous with the counterculture, Vietnam, mini-skirts and civil rights. But how much of that was relevant to everyday life in suburban Auckland?

From Auckland Libraries' print collection of Mt Albert, Mt Roskill, Onehunga and Pt Chevalier newspapers, Joanne Graves delves into these fascinating resources of life in 1960s Auckland.

Wed 30 Sept, 12pm
The memories of angels: New Zealand’s peace churches with Bruce Ringer
For much of its history, New Zealand has been an ostensibly Christian nation. After the First World War, a number of ‘peace memorial’ churches were built, dedicated to the glory of God and the memory of the fallen.

Most churches also have mementoes of war: cenotaphs, lych gates, memorial trees, doors, bells, windows, lecterns, altars, reredoses, tablets, plaques, shields and lamps. This talk will not only explore the changing symbolism, iconography and language of these, using case studies from New Zealand wars, but will look at changing attitudes to the artefacts and note how many of them are threatened by neglect, cultural misunderstanding, or just plain indifference.

To reserve your place, contact the Central Auckland Research Centre on 09 307 7771, or complete our online booking form.

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