Census Sunday: 1911 suffragette evaders

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By 1911 New Zealand women had voting rights for nearly two decades, while their UK sisters still battled for their rights and a voice.  The Women's Freedom League incited members with its Manifesto to " … oppose, hamper, destroy if possible, the power of an unrepresentative Government to govern women, refuse to be taxed, boycott the Census, refuse all official information until women have won that which is their absolute right – the right of a voice and vote."

Women and the vote, 1914.
Sir George Grey Special Collections,
Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19140416-48-6
The Women's Freedom League initiated a boycott of census day, Sunday 2 April 1911, to protest their lack of rights to vote. These suffragette evaders refused to have their names added to their own household registers, effectively 'vanishing' from the census while many left their homes for the day. 

Evaders such as Louisa Burnham defiantly wrote the words "No vote, no census. If I am intelligent enough to fill in this census form I can surely make a X on a ballot paper" across the schedule.











1911 Census of England,
 RG 14/2277/362 [Ancestry]



1911 Census of England,
RG 14/152 [Ancestry]
So, if you have been looking for a female family member and she is mysteriously missing from the 1911 Census of England and Wales, perhaps she too made a stand and boycotted.

Auckland Libraries has recently added two new books on the subject to the collection and there are borrowable copies.



Women and the vote : a world history by Jad Adams, 2014.

Vanishing for the vote : suffrage, citizenship and the battle for the census by Jill Liddington, 2014.

Karen
Central Auckland Research Centre

Treasure Chest Thursday: Huguenots

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Do you have Huguenot ancestors? 

Yes? Then you will be interested to know that we added these new 
CD-ROMS to the family history collection this week. 

1 GEN REL HUG    Huguenot Families Numbers One to Twenty
4 ENG REL HUG   Consistory and Administrative Records c. 1560-1660
4 ENG REL HUG    Reg. of the French Church of Threadneedle St, London
4 ENG REL HUG    Reg. of the French Churches of La Patente & Saint Jean, Spitalfields
4 ENG REL HUG    Reg. of the French Churches of the Cities of London &  Westminster & of Spitalfields

4 ENG REL HUG    Reg. of the Walloon & Huguenot Churches of Canterbury, Bristol, Plymouth, Southampton & Stonehouse
4 ENG REL HUG    Reg. of the Walloon & Huguenot Churches of Norwich, Colchester, Thorney & Thorpe-le-Soken
4 IRL REL HUG      Reg. of the French Churches in Dublin & Portarlington, Ireland
5 EUR REL HUG    Reg. of the French Churches of Guisnes, Cadzand, Dover & Le Mans
6 AAM REL HUG    Naturalizations of Foreign Protestants in the American Colonies

To find more resources in the family history collection, type the word 'Huguenot' in the subject search box of the Classic Catalogue and limit the search to 'Heritage & Research' in the drop down menu.

Good luck with your search!

The Family History Team

Motivation Monday: Announcing the Auckland Family History Expo @ Central City Library

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Auckland Family History Expo @ Central City Library

When: Friday 7 August - Sunday 9 August
Where: Central City Library
Cost: Free for all events, except Friday opening event

The Auckland Family History Expo is a weekend-long event covering a wide range of topics related to genealogy and researching your family history.

A range of exhibitors will have stalls set up throughout the weekend, and a variety of talks on research techniques, resources and tools will be taking places in three separate venues around the library.

See the programme of events for each day:
Friday 7 August - $10, booking instructions below
Saturday 8 August - free, no bookings required
Sunday 9 August - free, no bookings required


Keep an eye out for Auckland War Memorial Museum's interactive Mobile Roadshow Unit, which will be parked outside Central City Library in Lorne Street all day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

As always, library staff will be available in the Central Auckland Research Centre to provide research assistance and access to resources.

Exhibitors
  • Ancestry
  • Findmypast
  • FamilySearch
  • Archives New Zealand
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum and WW100
  • The Guild of One-Name Studies
  • The NZ Fencible Society
  • Hooked on Genealogy and Beehive Books
  • Anglican Archives
  • Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum
  • The New Zealand Society of Genealogists and its interest groups: New Zealand, Australian, Scots, Irish, English, European, Huguenot, Pacific Island and Māori.

FRIDAY
Family History Expo opening
Whare Wananga Level 2, 4pm - 8pm

Attendance will cost $10 to cover hospitality. Booking is essential given that limited seats are available. To reserve your place, email the Central Auckland Research Centre or phone 09 307 7771.

4pm-5pm: Welcome and opening, followed by panel discussion
Featuring Michelle Patient (Guild of One-Name Studies), Ben Mercer (Ancestry), Seonaid Lewis (Auckland Libraries), Helen Smith (Genealogical Society of Queensland), Gay Williams (New Zealand Society of Genealogists).
5pm: Light refreshments
6pm: All is not lost - keynote address by David Lomas (Missing Pieces, Lost & Found)
For many New Zealand families there is a missing piece. All is not lost, presented by journalist David Lomas, will look at how missing people are found by David and his fellow researchers on the TV3 programme Lost & Found and its predecessor Missing Pieces.



SATURDAY
Whare Wananga, Level 2 (seminars)  
10.15am: Commemorating the 1918 Flu Pandemic
Discovering insights from the online collections. Introduction by Sandra Coney (Auckland Council), presentation by Ben Mercer (Ancestry.com), Topics will include Births, Deaths & Marriages; NZSG Cemeteries Collection; the special place of Waikumete Cemetery; and preparing for the centenary in 2018.
11.15am: AncestryDNA and your family tree
Combining history with science, making connections online with Ben Mercer (Ancestry.com.au). Topics will include the AncestryDNA toolkit, building your family tree, breakdown of ethnicity, and making connections online.
12.15pm: Heraldic treasures at the Auckland War Memorial Museum library
Join manuscript librarian Martin Collett and learn about heraldry and the treasures within the Auckland Museum Library. 
1.15pm: They went to Australia and now can't be found
Presented by Helen Smith, Genealogical Society of Queensland.
2.15pm: FamilySearch
Learn how to use this wonderful free website to assist you with your family history. Presented by Jan Gow, Hooked on Genealogy.
3.15pm: The rest of the iceberg: researching beyond the internet
Presented by Barbara Wyley, NZSG.


Te Marama Room, Level 1 (workshops)
10.30am: Getting started with your family history research
Presented by Jan Gow, Hooked on Genealogy.
11am: DNA basics
A beginner’s guide to how science can help your family history by Helen Smith, Genealogical Society of Queensland.
11.30am: Tips for carrying out a family history interview 
Presented by Sandra Metcalfe, NZSG.
12noon: FindMyPast A-Z
Hints and tips for making the most of your Findmypast searches. Presented by Fiona Brooker, Findmypast.
12.30pm: Researching your Huguenot family history
Presented by Marion Heap, NZSG.
1pm: Researching in the Pacific Islands 
Presented by Christine Liava'a, NZSG Pacific Island Interest Group.
1.30pm: Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum
The Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum deals in the Eastern Borderlands of Poland during WWII and, in particular, the Soviet occupation of the area and deportations of Poles to Siberia. Presented by Irena Lowe, Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum.
2pm: Beginner's guide to researching your NZ family history 
Presented by Elaine Bell, NZSG research office holder.
2.30pm: Researching your Australian family history 
Presented by Helen Smith, Genealogical Society of Queensland.
3pm: Researching your Irish family history
A beginners guide presented by Maureen West, Auckland Libraries.
3.30pm: Building FamilyTrees with FamilySearch
Presented by Sister Lynda Bennett, FamilySearch.


Akozone computer suite, Level 1
Hands on computer tutorials
11am: Family history eResources at Auckland Libraries
Learn to use Auckland Libraries' online resources with Marie Hickey, Auckland Libraries.
12pm: FamilySearch NZ/AU
Tips and tricks on using FamilySearch to find New Zealand and Australian records, presented by Jan Gow, Hooked on Genealogy.
1pm: Ancestry NZ/AU
Tips and tricks on using Ancestry to find New Zealand and Australian records presented by Christine Clement, Ancestry.
2pm: Findmypast NZ/AU
Tips and tricks on using Findmypast to find New Zealand and Australian records presented by Fiona Brooker, Findmypast.



SUNDAY
Whare Wananga, Level 2 (seminars)
10.15am: Present, Past and Future - with Findmypast
Discover how Findmypast can help you trace your family history with Fiona Brooker, Findmypast.
11.15am: Māori Land Court Minute Books
Whakapapa is found throughout the Minute Books – come and learn how to use them. Presented by Raniera Kingi, Auckland Libraries.
12.15pm: NZ Society of Genealogists
An outline of who we are, and what we can offer to all family history historians. Presented by Gay Williams, NZSG President.
1.15pm: Special settlement schemes
Includes schemes such Albertland, Puhoi, and the Bay of Islands settlements. Presented by Mark Stoddart, Archives NZ.
2.15pm: Scotland's People
The very best thing your ancestors could have done for you is be born, married or died in Scotland. Presented by Jan Gow, Hooked on Genealogy.
3.15pm: Digging for treasure
Using online newspapers to research your family’s history, presented by Michelle Patient, Guild of One-Name Studies.

Te Marama Room, Level 1 (workshops)
10.30am: How to do a One-Name Study
Presented by Michelle Patient, Guild of One-Name Studies.
11am: Timelines for brickwall research
Presented by Helen Smith, Genealogical Society of Queensland.
11.30am: Read all about it
Use newspapers and magazines to enhance your family and social history research. Presented by Marie Hickey, Auckland Libraries.
12pm: Q & A - what would you like to know about researching your family history?
Ask your local NZSG reps.
12.30pm: Researching your English family history
Presented by Viv Parker, NZSG.
1pm: Researching your Scottish family history
Presented by Marie Hickey, Auckland Libraries.
1.30pm: Starting your German family history 
Presented by Graham Clark, NZSG European Interest Group.
2pm: Whakapapa research with Auckland Libraries
Are you thinking about starting your whakapapa journey? Come along to this session and make a start today. Presented by Raniera Kingi, Auckland Libraries.
2.30pm: Evernote for Genealogists
Evernote is an easy-to-use flexible tool which not only stores notes (text, sound, images and handwriting) but makes them easy to find. Presented by Michelle Patient, Guild of One-Name Studies.
3pm: Headlines or smallprint
Add some flesh to the bones of your family history with these search tips. Presented by Fiona Brooker, Findmypast.
3.30pm: Ancestry search tricks
Presented by Christine Clement, Ancestry.

Akozone computer suite, Level 1
Hands on computer tutorials
11am: Ancestry UK
Tips and tricks on using Ancestry to find records to assist with research in the UK and Ireland. Presented by Christine Clement, Ancestry.
12pm: Auckland Libraries Family History eResources
Learn to use Auckland Libraries' unique online resources with Seonaid Lewis, Auckland Libraries.
1pm: Findmypast UK
Tips and tricks on using Findmypast to find records to assist with research in the UK and Ireland. Presented by Fiona Brooker, Findmypast.
2pm: FamilySearch UK
Tips and tricks on using FamilySearch to find records to assist with research in the UK and Ireland. Presented by Jan Gow, Hooked on Genealogy.

See the Auckland Libraries' website for more details