Christchurch Family History Virtual Expo

Christchurch Family History Virtual Expo

Expo Programme

9.00am Expo Room Opens
9.20am Expo Welcome
9.30am International Webinar: Myko Clelland: Discovering British & Irish Ancestors with Findmypast.  How do you get the best out of FindmyPast? Hear from their resident genealogist and learn the tips, tricks and techniques to aid your research. Find out about their exclusive record collections which will get you further in your family history.
10.30am Fiona Brooker: Story to Book. When we're gone our stories could disappear. Learn tips and tricks on recording your stories or your ancestors' stories, preserving your photos and memories and how to put them together for publication.
11.30am Valerie Anderson: Family Search for Beginners. How to use Family Search and how the local Family History Centre can help with your genealogy researching.
12.30pm International Webinar: Curt Witcher: Passenger & Immigration Research.  This lecture challenges the student of genealogy to view an ancestor’s travel to this continent as a three-step process -- leaving, arriving, and settling down. Sample documents are viewed and suggestions on how to access immigration related data.
1.30pm Michelle Patient: Ancestry DNA. Had your DNA tested? Not sure what to do next or what it all means? Michelle will explore some fundamental steps to get the most out of your AncestryDNA results, as well as tips and hints for extracting genealogy evidence to help further your research.
2.30pm Edwina Swingler: Using Maps to Enhance your Research. Is it possible to go on your family history journey and not know about the places your family lived? Maps not only show you what the location was like but what was happening in the surrounding areas.
3.30pm International Webinar: John Grenham: Recent Revolution in Irish Research. Irish research has gone from being one of the weirdest and most difficult in the world to one of the least difficult. The talk outlines the starting point and the changes, with plenty of practical examples.
4.30pm Expo Close


If you've never attended a Zoom webinar before, here's our handy tips on How to Watch Family History Webinars.

Registering for the Expo

Click on the Expo Registration Link. This will take you to the Zoom website where you can register for the expo. Do this now.

Expo Registration Link

Registration will include downloading some software to make Zoom work on your computer if you haven't been to a Zoom meeting before. After completing registration Zoom will send you an email with the link to the actual expo entry. It is this link that you will click on to join us live on Saturday. 

We do have some limit on the numbers that we can have attend via Zoom, but we're hoping that this won't be an issue for the day.

On Saturday when you first join, and if you are early, you may find yourself in our waiting room. We'll let you in as soon as we have everything sorted in the room for the day.

We recommend you test your speakers and microphone before joining the room (Zoom will ask you to do this). 

When you first enter your video and microphone will be muted. Our preference is for these to remain muted during the day to help with bandwidth for those on slower internet and also to prevent interruptions while speakers are giving their presentations. 

During a session you can use the chat to ask questions or make comments and our hosts will be monitoring this for questions for the speakers.

If at any stage on Saturday you need to leave and then want to come back you can click on the same expo entry link. However please note we do have limited numbers which may mean that you are unable to return.

This is a live event with the exception of the International Webinars that were recorded at the Auckland Family History Expo. Time permitting, question and answer sessions will be available at the end of the local sessions. No recordings of the local sessions will be available after the event. 


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Thank You

The Expo is supported by the Christchurch City Libraries (CCC), AncestryNew Zealand Society of Genealogists and Memories in Time.

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