Christchurch Family History Expo 2021

Christchurch Family History Virtual Expo 2021

Memories in Time, in collaboration with Christchurch City Libraries, invites you along to our Christchurch Family History VIRTUAL Expo.

There will be a range of speakers and workshops over both days, covering a variety of topics. 

Where: Online via Zoom

Click on the Expo Registration Link’s below. This will take you to the Zoom website where you can register for the expo. To attend both day’s you will need to register twice.
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Friday - Expo Registration Link

Saturday – Expo Registration Link


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Cost: Free

We have been given a number of raffle prizes for the expo which we will now be giving away during the day.  As we will not be able to sell tickets to raise funds for future events, you are invited to make a donation


Friday 20 August 6pm to 8pm

Join us at our Welcome Event to celebrate the opening of the Christchurch Family History Expo, with guest speaker Myko Clelland, Findmypast.

Myko will be speaking on Finding ancestors in British Employment records. Our ancestors’ occupations can provide a host of records to teach us more about family history. This presentation asks where can we look to find more detail about what our relations did, and how it can help us to tell more of a story of their lives

Friday - Expo Registration Link

Friday Night Refunds: For those that have booked and paid for Friday night, refunds will be issued. 

Saturday 21 August 9:00am to 5:00pm

9.00am Expo Room Opens
9.20am Expo Welcome
9.30am International: Emma Maxwell: Understanding Scottish Kirk Sessions. Newly released on ScotlandsPeople, the Kirk Session records are a basic building block to family history research. With few indexes and many unfamiliar terms, how can we best go about using these records? In this presentation, we will look at what a ‘Kirk Session’ is, what records they create, and how we access and search them.
10.30am International: Michelle Leonard: Using DNA to Solve Unknown Parentage. DNA testing has revolutionized the options available to those with unknown parentage or other ancestor mysteries and this presentation will explain how to use DNA results to solve these previously unsolvable conundrums.  Michelle will provide practical demonstrations of the most important techniques and practices required, with case studies and success stories to show how DNA testing together with traditional research can provide much sought after answers.
11.30am International: Jason Reeve: Thorough Searches on How do you effectively use the general search, or card catalogue? What are wildcard searches or "exact/sounds-like" filters?
12.30pm Lunch Break
1.00pm Mike Higgins:  Hidden Gems in FamilySearch.  The workshop will cover a variety of ways to search for information on the website, including searching the Family Tree, the catalogue for online digitised microfilm, digital images not yet released and many more. New to intermediate users.
2.00pm Michelle Patient:  Exploring English Ancestors from Afar. Have you found family who came from England? What records should you look for? Where can you find them online? How different are they compared to New Zealand records? Michelle will show you the way she researches her English lines.
3.00pm International: Leah Larkin: WATO (What Are The Odds). WATO is a revolutionary new tool at that allows you to test different hypotheses for where the “target person” fits into a documented tree. Hypotheses are ranked relative to one another, allowing you to focus your research. This talk will provide a general overview of the tool, how to use it, and how to interpret the results.
4.00pm Fiona Brooker: Four More Sources for New Zealand Research. Add some more detail to your New Zealand Family History by checking four more sources for your research: Military records, NZ Electoral Rolls, The Suffrage Petition and the Cyclopedia of New Zealand.


Saturday – Expo Registration Link



The Expo is supported by the Christchurch City Libraries (CCC)Ancestry, The New Zealand Society of Genealogists, FamilySearch, The Ted Gilberd Literary Trust and Memories in Time.

Raffle Sponsors:, Diamond PhotoMyHeritageLeah LarkinLegacy Family Tree Webinars, Memories in Time, Michelle Leonard, New Zealand Society of Genealogists,  NZSG Canterbury Branch, and Talking Family History.

We also appreciate the assistance and support of Auckland Libraries and the organising committee for the Auckland Family History Expo.


Thank you for joining our Virtual Expo.
We hope to bring you an ‘in person’ event in 2022.