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House History - The Family Historian’s Viewpoint

It's a two way streak, when you research a family, where they live is part of their history; likewise when you research a house the people that live there create part of the houses story.  As part of Heritage New Zealand's seminars on Research Your House, I got the chance to give the perspective of the family historian. The talk covered a number of sources to find out information about your house by tracing the people that lived in the house. A handout can be downloaded from here. As part of a team delivering the seminar's I didn't go into the land records that are available from Archives New Zealand. But there is some information about Historic Land Records on the LINZ...

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Preserving the Present for the Future - Where Did You Live?

The importance of directories and electoral rolls to trace where our ancestors lived is a bit like the use of birth, death and marriage certificates in family history. They give us the names, the dates and the where but they don’t really tell the story. So let’s look at adding details to these addresses. First note down the basics of street address and the years that you lived there, you could even create a timeline of these. If you still live there you might like to record the actual land description from your rates or other land documentation. Who lived in this house? Did anyone move in or move out while you were living there? Who came to visit and...

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Pussycat Pikelets... passing on the tradition

When I was growing up and we went to stay with Nana she would make us pussycat pikelets. Sometimes they would even have raisins for eyes. This is just one of the memories from my Nana's kitchen.My Mum made pussycat pikelets for my nephew when he visited and her pikelets were yummy.Now I make pussycat pikelets for my children. We even made some today, not to mention square pikelets for minecraft blocks (try shaping those!) and a fence (that's another story). In the last couple of years there have also been letters of the alphabet, helicopters and whatever else the kids requested along with a bit of a competition sometimes to see if you can guess what the pikelet was...

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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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