Workshops & Presentations



10 August: NZSG Papakura Branch
"Our House", 11 Opaheke Road, Papakura 

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!
Newspapers all around the world are going digital. This talk covers accessing the newspapers; hints and tips on how to search them and then looks at how can you use them to add to your family history.


11 August: New Zealand Society of Genealogists
Family Research Centre, Level 1, 159 Queens Road, Panmure, Auckland 1072

Register on the NZSG website for these workshops.

Digital Scrapbooking 101 [9.30am - 12.30pm]
Learn how to preserve your photos and share your stories though digital scrapbooking.

Digital Scrapbooking 101

This 3hr workshop is suitable for all levels of Photoshop users including beginners. The first half of this short course covers the use of Photoshop Elements to repair and restore photographs. The second half introduces Digital Scrapbooking and students work with supplied materials on a mini album with predesigned pages.

Cost $30.00
Numbers limited, book here


Digital Scrapbooking 102 [1.00pm - 4.00pm]
Discover how to preserve your memories and share your stories though the magic of digital scrapbooking.

Digital Scrapbooking 102

Digital Scrapbooking has the advantage over traditional scrapbooking that you don’t have to cut anything up or get sticky with glue. This means that you can “cut” the papers, resize and use the kit items multiple times and still create a unique page. Once created the page can be printed, collated into a book and shared multiple times.

This 3hr workshop is suitable for those that have had an introduction to the use of layers in Photoshop. We’ll be designing our own pages using the provided materials and your photos.

Cost $30.00
Numbers limited, book here 


11-13 August: Auckland Family History Expo
Fickling Convention Centre, 546 Mt Albert Rd, Three Kings.

Friday 11 August, 5pm - 8pm
Saturday 12 August, 9am - 7pm
Sunday 13 August, 9am - 5pm

Going Online
The Why’s, Where’s and How’s of putting your family tree online. Covers, Findmypast and Family Search and lots more.

Slow Down – Planning your Research [NEW PRESENTATION]
It’s so exciting! You’ve just received a new certificate and have new names to follow up. There’s so many places to go research and trace these new family members and before you know it it’s 2am and somehow you missed dinner. Finding new family can be exciting, but sometimes the best way is to slow down first and plan your research. What are the best ways and best places to follow up your ancestor? Having a research plan can stop you wasting those precious research hours.


Free. No booking required except opening event Friday. Tickets for Friday's event are $15, booking essential as seats are limited. Bookings open to public on June 1.    

For further information: Auckland Family History Expo


31 October: U3A, North Canterbury

Anticipation... the excited wait for your DNA results after 30 years of family history research. Trepidation... the worry of whether or not your family history is what you've been tracing for those 30 years.

Covering how DNA can add to your family history research, this presentation will look at the tests available and their results and what to do when you get them. 



9-12 March: Bridging the Past & Future
AFFHO Congress 2018, Sydney

With a theme of Bridging the Past and Future, Congress will be a forum for engaging new people in family history, building the skills and knowledge of participants, making the most of technology and promoting societies.

The program consists of four days of lectures and workshops with a large exhibition component.  There’ll be plenty of opportunity to catch up with old family history friends and meet new ones at a welcome function and conference dinner. The program will offer a variety of topics and formats to help both the beginner and more seasoned researcher. 

The Time Travelling Genealogist [NEW PRESENTATION]
As family historians we are great at travelling back in time to investigate our ancestors and find out about their lives. So what happens if we travel forward in time? What are our descendants going to find out about us? We take 1000’s of photos, but will we know who are in them? We send emails and texts, but do we have bundles of letters to be found? In this session we will look at how we can preserve the present for the future.

For further information: Bridging the Past and Future



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: We are always working on new ideas and welcome your suggestions.

Research Weekend: Have you considered a research weekend? Based in Christchurch, Fiona 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.