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New Zealand Birth, Death and Marriage Indexes on Findmypast

Findmypast have added the New Zealand Birth, Death and Marriage indexes to their collections. The data comes from New Zealand Birth, Death and Marriage Historical Records website (NZ BDM), but the benefit of it being on the Findmypast platform is the improved search facilities. So let's take a look at what you can now do.Searching without a surnameMy great grandmother Christina Mathieson was born in 1883, I cannot find her birth on the NZ BDM website. I suspect this is because her surname is has been spelt incorrectly. However to search the NZ BDM website I need to know her surname.On Findmypast I just put in her first name and year of 1883 and search. 637 Christina's born in 1883......

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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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Where there's a Will...

Probate Calendars for England and Wales have been online on various websites for the last couple of years. However Findmypast.com.au now has a fully searchable version of the Probate Calendars of England and Wales 1858-1959 What difference does that make you might ask. Well instead of being able to search just for the person who has a probate, now you are able to search for other names in the description. So for example I am interested in the Thorn family of Chagford, Devon, so I could search for probates as illustrated below.    When I do this I get the following results:   I can click on the camera icon on the right hand side which will take me to the image and...

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Blogs - Keeping up with the news

At the Family History Expo held at the Auckland Central Library at the start of August I talked about keeping up with new releases on Findmypast.com.au by following their blog. When I asked for a show of hand of how many people followed blogs the answer was very few. So I thought it could help to put together a blog post on blogs and more importantly how to keep up with the latest posts. First things first... what's a blog? Blogs are an online journal or news site. You can set up your own blog using free software (I'm using Blogger for this blog) or your blog may be part of the software that a website uses. As part of having a blog...

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