Our 10th annual Karen Kalopulu Family History Lock-In was a success again.
Forty-four guests, five staff and six volunteers from the New Zealand Society of Genealogists attended on Friday, 29 August to be locked in to the Central Auckland Research Centre from 8pm till 8am the next morning.
We had the pre-lock-in tour of the Research Centre, followed by a seminar "Getting it right first time".
Ancestry, Findmypast and ScotlandsPeople provided spot prizes for the evening.
Barbara won a 12-month World Heritage subscription to Ancestry, and Margaret, Joanne and Kim each won a one-month sub to Findmypast's World collection.
We started out with our usual traditional group photo.
We had two people who had attended all ten Lock-Ins.
|Geraldene O'Reilly, our Irish expert from the NZSG|
who has been assisting since the very first Lock-In
since the 2005!
Geraldene was one - our Irish expert, volunteering from the New Zealand Society of Genealogists. She'd assisted at all ten of our Lock-Ins, bless her!
Family history is about bringing families together - often long forgotten family members that you discover during the process of your family history research.
Family history can also lead you to discover living relatives who are either researching their family tree also, or are interested in your research.
Lauren & Julie (laughing) say: We are just here for a night out.
No, really, Lauren is researching her granddad's family in India
while I am trying to trace my father's family in England.
Some families also research together - whether by collaboration across distance, or getting together in person.
We often have mother/daughter, aunt/niece, father/son, sisters etc turn up at the lock-in to research.
|Jan Gow QSM FSG assisting a guest |