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Hidden Histories - Jason Gunn - Day 3

Jason's maternal side of the family has a long history in Christchurch and Canterbury. The earliest marriage we could find was in 1856 in Lyttelton. Imagine what Lyttelton looked like then.    The Bones Part 2 Church Records - Baptisms, Marriages & Burial's Baptism’s, Marriages and Burials give us more information about our ancestors and in particular what religion they may have been. We’re really lucky in Christchurch as the Christchurch Library in Manchester Street has the Canterbury Church Register collection. This is a card index to baptisms, marriages and burials in Canterbury. From the index cards you can then consult a book of transcriptions of the parish registers put together by volunteers from the New Zealand Society of Genealogists...

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Hidden Histories - Jason Gunn - Day 2

The skeleton of a family tree is the Birth, Death and Marriage of our ancestors and it's important to prove each branch of the tree. For Jason's family tree we started with his grandparent’s marriage certificates. From these we found out more about his grandparents and also the name of their parents.Keep reading to find out how you can get started with your Family History. The Bones - Part 1 Civil Registration - Births, Deaths and Marriages New Zealand Births, Deaths and Marriages started being registered in 1848 and became compulsory in 1856 for European births, deaths and marriages. It was compulsory for Māori marriages from 1911 and births and deaths from 1913. The other key dates are 1876 for births and...

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What's a Webinar? - the followup.

In the October 2016 issue of the New Zealand Genealogist I have an article "What's a Webinar?" Well that article had to be finalised way back in July, so here are some updated and extra links to webinars and podcasts that you may find interesting.      Ministry for Culture and Heritage New Zealand based public history talks: http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/handsonhistory/downloads-and-podcasts   The Genealogy Guys Alternating weekly between interviews and a news update: http://www.genealogyguys.com/   Family Tree Magazine US based magazine interviews with editors and others. http://www.familytreemagazine.com/info/podcasts   Tracing Your Roots A BBC series... a little older 2010-2011, but still worth a listen. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006zbxm    Have you found any other podcasts or videos that you like to listen to?   Follow us...

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DNA... the waiting is almost over

It's that time... the waiting time... waiting for the DNA test to process...Anticipation.... I've been researching my family tree for over 30 years. There are brick walls at the end of a lot of my lines that are just waiting to be knocked down.  Is Hector Mathieson who dies in 1865 in New Zealand the Hector McDonald Mathieson baptised in 1830 in Lanark, the son of Neil Mathieson and Janet McDonald? His children's names would suggest it is so (Neil Downey, Mary McDonald, William, Janet, Hector McDonald), but I haven't found a document that confirms this link.   His wife Jane Richardson is even more of a mystery. Her first appearance is in 1856 when she marries Hector, but no...

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Preserving the Present for the Future - The Kitchen

Several years ago there was a challenge on the Digital Scrapbook Place (DSP) website to Preserve the Present for the Future. DSP may now be gone, but the sentiment of that challenge lives on. As a family historian I look to find out things about my ancestors, but what about your descendants, what are you leaving for them? I'd love to find things about the everyday life of my ancestors but these aren't often reported in newspapers or written down so here's your chance to fix that for your family. Every now and then on this blog (and on Facebook and Pinterest), you'll find prompts to help you Preserve Your Present for Your Future. To start... the heart of the...

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