Workshops & Presentations

I love sharing the love of family history and teaching you how to get further with your research.

A full list of available Workshops and Presentations can be downloaded from here

Presentations can be delivered in person or virtually.

Here's where you can find me presenting:


9 July - 10 December - Talking Family History (with Michelle Patient)

Each fortnight we’ll chat about some of the websites and records we have worked on recently (with a focus on UK, Australia and NZ records) and will provide tips to help with your research

Subscribe to come join us in the Talking Family History Lounge.

21 July - 8 September - DNA Discovery - First Steps 

8 week course With Michelle Patient.
Click her for more details and to book your place (limited numbers)

2 August - Hornby Good Companions Group, Christchurch

  •  Presentation: Starting Your Family History

13-15 August - Auckland Family History Expo

Come visit us at the Expo. We'll be in the exhibition space.

Click here for more details

  • Presentation: Family History Friday’s LIVE! with Jason Reeve, Ancestry  and Talking Family History's Michelle Patient and Fiona Brooker
  • Presentation: Get Smart – Track and Display your Research [NEW]
  • Presentation: The Government’s Memory – Archives New Zealand

20-22 August - Christchurch Family History Expo

Come visit us at the Expo. We'll be in the TSB Exhibition space on Level 1.

Click here for more details

  • Presentation: Researching your English Ancestors
  • Presentation: Four More Sources for New Zealand Family History

31 August - Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations (AFFHO)

  • Webinar: The 1939 Register for Family Historians

4 September - Far North Branch

  • Webinar: Exploring the UK Census

6 September - 11 October - Plan to Publish - Your Place Workshop

This six week hands on workshop will take you from Planning to Publishing a photobook just in time for Christmas gifting. What's more it doesn't matter where you are as this live workshop will be coming to Your Place (via Zoom).

Limited numbers book here.

17 September - Legacy Family Tree Webinars - Webtember

  • Webinar: A Step Through Time(lines) [NEW]

Register here - Free for the first week

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22 September - Auckland Council Libraries

  • Webinar: The Memories in Time Project [NEW]

 8-9 October - Christchurch Heritage Festival

  • Presentation and Workshop.... details to follow

 6 November - Talking Family History Event - details to follow



Finding Families in New Zealand

We don’t have any major collections of census records in New Zealand, so how else can you find families in New Zealand. Looking at the use of electoral rolls and school records to add to your family history.

Four Sources for New Zealand Family History

Beyond Births, Deaths and Marriages, this talk looks at four sources for tracing your New Zealand family. Covering: Cemetery Research, Probates & Wills, Shipping to New Zealand and Newspapers

Four More Sources for New Zealand Family History

Looking at The Cyclopedia of New Zealand, New Zealand Electoral Roll's, the 1893 Women's Suffrage Petition and World War I military records.

The 1939 Register for Family HIstorians

Following on from the declaration of War, on September 29th 1939, the details of the population of Great Britain and Northern Ireland were recorded and identity cards were issued. Findmypast (and others) has published the registers for England and Wales. This talk will look at searching the 1939 Register and what to do with the information you find.



Ancestry - Family History Fridays
Facebook Live with Michelle Patient - Recordings available:




February 2021 - Rootstech



A full list of Workshops and Presentations can be downloaded from here

Workshops: These practical workshops are of varying lengths. Computer requirements are indicated. 

Presentations: Tailored for a 1 hour presentation slot with questions (unless otherwise indicated),  presentations are supported with handouts where appropriate.

Upcoming Topics: I'm always working on new ideas and welcome your suggestions.

Research Weekend: Have you considered a research weekend? Based in Christchurch, I'm is available to travel and any requests would be considered. Depending on travel requirements up to eight presentations can be covered in a weekend. Mix and match workshops and presentations.

Webinars: I have the technology. If I can't come to you in real life, then have you considered a virtual meeting. Whether it is a fully online presentation that you watch from home or an online presentation to a gathering of your group. Talk to us.


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