Topic: Family History Month (August 2015)

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In August 2015 Tauranga City Libraries ran a comprehensive program for Family History Month. The program included lock-in's, tours, beginners class, a speaker series, drop in assistance and genealogy classes. Organiser: Bev Hodges. Marketing: Daniel Petersen. Photos: Lee Switzer.

Family History Month (August 2015)

On Thursday 13 August 2015 Tauranga City Library hosted a Library Lock-in called A Night of History from 5:30 to 9:10pm. There was a full house for the, the cost being $10 plus a plate. Patrons enjoyed access to all genealogy tools in the library, but especially beneficial to the group were the volunteer genealogists Olive Caddie, Joy Edmonds, and Heather McLean.

Family History Month (August 2015)

One patron had been searching details about his great grandmother and details about a Waikato Militia member. Both searches were successful. Another researcher, who has transcribed 12,000 names into , brought in his laptop, and, with the library computer, and Olive’s help and laptop, managed to identify more records. A new researcher (actually this event is really for more advanced researchers) discovered that before you begin your own search, check the web – in this case his daughter had put loads of family history on the internet, but failed to mention it to Father.

Family History Month (August 2015)

Bev was a big help ensuring the printer actually printed the correct size of records required and other computer related questions, as well as the genealogy sites; and set up the time-out session. Fiona helped patrons and guided them in and out of the library. This was the third visit by some of the users who value the time, space and especially the expertise.  

In addition a Speaker Series was organised with four speakers giving talks each Tuesday of Family History Month:

Family History Month (August 2015)


On Tuesday 4 August 2015 Stephanie Smith gave her talk, Secrets in a Diary

Tauranga and Districts WW100 Competitions (2015): Stephanie Smith


On Tuesday 11 August 2015 Shirley Arabin gave her talk, Using overseas resources in your search for your ancestors:

Family History Month (August 2015): Shirley Arabin


On Tuesday 18 August 2015 Debbie McCauley gave her talk, Publishing Family History Research:

Family History Month (August 2015): Debbie McCauley


On Tuesday 25 August, Harley Couper gave his talk, U-boat vs Q-ship, when the facts rebel to tell a great story. The value of context in genealogical research:

Family History Month (August 2015): Harley Couper

On Friday the 14th of August a guided tour of the Library's genealogy resources was taken by Jocelyn Read.

Throughout Family History Month there was drop in assistance available every Friday from 9.30am to 4pm. Experienced genealogists were available to help with New Zealand Research.

Family History Month (August 2015)

On the 2nd Friday of the month from 10am to 11am genealogy classes were held in the library's Learning Centre. The topics covered were:

  • Online Newspapers 11 September 2015
  • 9 October 2015
  • 13 November 2015

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