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.

29 September - 17 November 2021 - Talking Family History
- Michelle Patient and Fiona Brooker

  • Course: DNA Discovery - First Steps 

Click her for more details and to book your place (limited numbers)


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

    Plan to Publish Your Family History Course

    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.


       8-9 October - Christchurch Heritage Festival

      The Hidden Women of the Cyclopedia of New Zealand
      • Presentation and Workshop: The Hidden Women of the Cyclopedia of New Zealand

      Participate in this new project to illuminate the lives of the women alluded to in these historical biographies.

      In this two-part workshop I will guide you through actively researching and writing their untold stories.

      Friday 8 October 2021, 7pm - 9pm

      On Friday night, enjoy tea, coffee or a non-alcoholic bubbly, meet the other workshop participants, and have the opportunity to explore Te Whare Waiutuutu Kate Sheppard House in the evening. Then learn about the Cyclopedia, get tips on researching women and hear about the new project being launched to find the "hidden women".

      Saturday 9 October 2021, 10.15am - 12.15pm - VENUE CHANGE

      On Saturday morning, meet at Christchurch Boys' High School and begin actively researching a woman from the Cyclopedia while developing your research skills. The goal is to prepare and tell her story, which will be retained and stored in an accessible repository.

      Price: $20 per person + booking fee Click here to book your ticket.

      Tea, coffee, and alcohol-free bubbly on arrival on Friday evening.

      There is no parking onsite at Te Whare Waiutuutu Kate Sheppard House or Christchurch Boys' High School, so please find a park in the surrounding streets.

      Wheelchair accessible, please call to book accessible car parking (limited spaces available onsite).

         6 November - Talking Family History Event

        • Webinar: A Deeper Dive into English Research

          Let's explore taking your research Beyond English Civil Registration and Census Records

          Join us when three UK based English specialists, David Annal, Janet Few and Sue Swalwell will take us on a journey to not only better understand the English civil registration but delve back prior to 1837 and explore relevant genealogy records.

          Plenty of time for Q&A live interaction with our speakers.

          Book 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:




        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.


        I love to share the family history and digital scrapbooking addiction. Here's where I have been speaking.