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:


11 February - 2 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.


Ongoing - Talking Family History
- Michelle Patient and Fiona Brooker

Our online course covers the fundamentals of DNA testing for Family History


1 June - Legacy Family Tree Webinars

  • Webinar: The Bones - New Zealand Civil Registration

Click here to register.

8 June - Selwyn Libraries
1.30-2.30pm, Te Ara Ātea56 Tennyson Street, Rolleston

  • Presentation: Quick & Dirty DNA

22 June - Virtual Genealogical Association

  • From Bookshelf to Coffee Table - Creating a Captivating Family History

9 July - 30 September - Virtual Celtic Connections Conference 2022
Journey Home

  • Webinar: Scattered Leaves [NEW]

For more information and to register click here.

22 July - Botany Bay Family History Society

  • Webinar: A Step Through Time(lines)

12-14 August - Auckland Family History Expo

  • Put it in your diary.

19-21 August - Christchurch Family History Expo

  • Put it in your diary.

5 October - Legacy Family Tree Webinars

  •   Webinar: Encounters - Our Immigrant Ancestors

Click here to register.

8 - 11 November - Family History Down Under 2022 (FHDU 2022)
Sydney, NSW, Australia

  • Presentation - Can't wait to tell you more!
  • Presentation - Can't wait to tell you more!
  • Workshop  - Can't wait to tell you more!

For more details and to book click here.



A Step Through Time(lines)

Timelines are a great tool for gathering together your research on an ancestor and their family. Learn tips and tricks on creating these and using them in your research and when you publish your family story.

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:




March 2022 - RootsTech

Talking Family History @ Rootstech with Michelle Patient

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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