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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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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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