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Hidden Histories - Jason Gunn - Day 4

Some of Jason's ancestors made the newspaper more often than others. But you don't need to be rich or famous to make the news and sometimes it's just the everyday things that add so much to your family history. Extra, Extra, Read All About It Researching in Newspapers Newspapers are great sources for adding flesh to the skeleton of your family tree. The National Library of New Zealand has a digitised collection of 19th and 20th century newspapers available at Papers Past: https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/ These have been scanned and OCR’d. That means that you can search for specific words in the newspapers. The technology isn’t perfect though and sometimes the software has difficulty with blurry newspaper print, so be prepared to try...

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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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Hidden Histories - Jason Gunn - Day 1

This is how we started our research with Jason Gunn from More FM. We sent him the Ancestry Chart and Family Group Sheet and suggested that he gather together what he knew and family documents he had. It's also important to talk to family about what they know.  Keep reading to find out how you can get started with your Family History. First Things First Although we often have heard family stories about links to famous people it is always important to start your family history with yourself and work back in time. Take a note of the family stories as you may be able to prove them with your research. Gather together what documents you have around the home. These...

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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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