A reminder of our visit to the West Otago Vintage Club tonight - meet at the I Site Centre in Gore - the bus leaves at 7 pm.
Sandra is a member of the Professional Historians' Association of NZ with a special interest in colonial immigration stories, and the early Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian periods in NZ. She will be speaking to us about the Northern (Dunedin) cemetery, 1873 - 1915; as well as what we want to happen to our research after we die.
We are very fortunate to have Sandra with us so bring a friend along.
Wow, what a month we have got lined up for August!
At our usual meeting on Tuesday 7 August Elaine Scott will help get all our collection chaos sorted, giving us ideas for cataloging our clippings & certificates etc.
On Monday 17 August we will welcome Michelle Patient and Barbara Wylie with a pot luck tea at Avis' home (ask for directions), then on Tuesday 18th at the changed venue of the LDS rooms we will have three presentations:
"Is It True?, the Facts Fun and Fiction of Family History" - Michelle Patient
Password Tips - Michelle Patient
"The Rest of the Iceberg, Researching Beyond the Internet" - Barbara Wylie
These ladies are so knowledgable and inspirational so we are very privileged to have them with us.
Our speaker for this month, 7 April, will be Dr Aaron Fox, previously from the NZ Defence Force Medals Office. He will speak to us about using Defence Force records for researching family history and is happy to answer any questions relating to Army records or medals or for you to bring along any medals for him to answer questions.
Looking forward to hearing him speak!
John HALL, the first son of Andrew Hall and Margaret BLACKBELL, was born 1835 at Selkirk Scotland. He emigrated to Otago on the Robert Henderson in 1860 and worked as a shepherd for Catherine LIVINGSTON whose husband had died 1859 leaving her with 4 small children. The Livingstone family were very early farming pioneers at the Taieri Mouth, Otago, when they had to be taken down to the Taieri by boat. Widows with children were dependent on charity or family to stay alive until 1911 when NZ introduced a widows pension. Read more ...
Michael Griffin would be keen to hear of any information around his ancestor Michael Griffin who emigrated from Ireland to Nightcaps around the 1870s, married Mary LEEN, and died in 1893.
If anyone has any information on the SHEEDs at Mandeville, please contact Christene Dennison!
Researching Beyond the BDMs.
Well I thought I had my Henry FREEMANTLE sussed. He was born to William, a yeoman, and Hannah (nee BROWN), in 1825 at Woodcot (spelt variously), Hampshire, and died in 1879; and married Ann POWELL of Compton, Berkshire in 1847. Their only child, Rose Hanna (Rosa) was my 2 x great grandmother.
But drilling down beneath these basic BDMs revealed much more about my Henry Freemantle.
Thanks to Elaine for a great introductory presentation at our meeting this month on using maternal and yDNA for genealogical research. Elaine drew on her own testing experiences and material from Colleen Fitzpatrick's recent presentation in New Zealand, which a number of our members attended. Check out Colleen's website Forensic Genealogy for more information.
These are family stories from some of our members.