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NEW ZEALAND's FAMILY HISTORY FAIR
This event is being organised by a small team of dedicated volunteers who are members of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists Inc. (NZSG). Formed in 1967, the NZSG is a charitable educational society, and today has over 7,500 members throughout New Zealand as well as overseas.
Our objectives are to:
- promote the study of family history, genealogies and kindred subjects.
- advance the education of the New Zealand public in the study of family history, genealogies and kindred subjects.
- provide assistance for people wishing to compile family histories from sources in New Zealand and overseas.
- set up and operate a library of genealogies and related books and documents to encourage the preservation of records having a genealogical or historical value.
- encourage accurate and scholarly research into the histories of New Zealand families and from time to time publish the results.
- accept copies of family histories, for the purposes of research, provided such copies are donated with the written permission of a member of such family.
- foster awareness of family links and knowledge of heritage.
NZSG assists members with their family history and genealogical research by:
- actively providing opportunities for the development of genealogical skills and studies;
- representing the interests of the members in the wider community; and,
- promoting the preservation of records having genealogical or historical value.
NZSG Interest Groups
Many members are involved in one or more of the NZSG Interest Groups. There is the Maori Interest Group, the Genealogical Computing Group and other interest groups that focus on a particular part of the world. In addition, NZSG has other interest contacts and research advisors who focus specific areas of research.
The larger interest groups meet regularly, some groups meet in more than one part of the country. Other interest groups have events every few months. All interest groups have collections of research resources and experienced people to assist others in their research. Some groups are happy, within reason, to take their resources wherever there is sufficient interest.
Family Research Centre
The Family Research Centre (FRC) in Auckland houses the NZSG’s extensive and growing library and record collection. It is open to members and non-members alike. A small door charge applies.
The FRC is located at, Level 1, 159 Queen’s Road, Panmure, Auckland and is open Mondays-Saturdays, excluding Tuesdays. For added convenience, the FRC has some late-night openings plus some Sunday openings. The FRC is also open on most public holidays, excluding Christmas Day.
Details of the FRC library charges and opening hours (both the regular hours and special opening hours) are published on the NZSG website and in the two-monthly The New Zealand Genealogist magazine which is sent to all NZSG members and is available for perusal in most New Zealand public libraries.
Many NZSG events are held at the FRC throughout the year. Such events typically include a guest speaker plus time for individual research. Some events are also open to non-members. Again, details of forthcoming events are published on the NZSG website and in the magazine.
Although the FRC is often open outside normal business hours, many members are unable to visit in person. The Library Catalogue is available online via the NZSG website. All NZSG members who are resident in New Zealand may borrow from the library for the cost of the return postage.
NZSG runs a series of hands-on Education Workshops throughout the year. The presenters are all experienced both in lecturing and in genealogical research. The majority of these workshops are held at the FRC, while some are held at other venues in the North and South Islands.
Many members meet on a regular basis in the various NZSG branches throughout New Zealand. Their activities include:
- exchange of information
- specialist speakers
- visits to local repositories
- research days; and
- transcribing projects.
In all, there are nearly 100 branches and local area contacts throughout New Zealand. Details of branch meeting times and venues, contact details and further information are available on the NZSG website. Some branches also have their own websites and these can be accessed via the NZSG website.
Sales and Publications
NZSG has a range of CD Roms, microfiche, charts, books and other hardcopy publications. These are available to members and non-members and can be purchased through the NZSG website, by mail order or by visiting the FRC in person.
The knowledgeable FRC-based research team of volunteers does brief lookup searches for members and provides expert advice and guidance on relevant sources that may be useful in a particular situation. Unfortunately, the Research Team is not able to undertake any extended research projects.
There is no charge for this research service if the results can be returned to the member via email. Printing and postage charges will apply in other cases, although there is no charge if the information sought cannot be found.
Member Only Services
Our services are provided by NZSG volunteers and include:
- NZSG Record Collections
- Certificate Collection
- NZ First Families
- Pedigree Collection
- Pre 1856 NZ Marriage records
- NZSG School Look-ups
- Online newspapers
- Times Digital Archive – 200 years of The London Times
- 17th & 18th Century Burney Collection – 1,270 newspapers and news pamphlets
- 19th Century British Library Newspapers – including 46 papers originating in England, Scotland and Ireland
- 19th Century US newspapers – numerous newspapers from a range of urban and rural regions of the US
- Certificate ordering & purchasing
- UK Wills & Probates
- English & Scottish Certificates
- NZSG Members Mailing List
In addition, some NZSG branches and interest groups provide a range of services. Details of some of these services can be found on the individual branch/ interest group pages on the NZSG website. For example – NZSG North Shore Branch has a collection of birth and death notices from the New Zealand Herald (c1940 on). The branch provides a lookup service to members and non-members alike via a postal service for a donation plus postage costs.
The Family History Fair is open to everyone, members and non-members alike, and there will be lots to see and do and learn and explore. However, why not join NZSG right now and start enjoying the benefits of NZSG membership today!