Guest contributor: Marie Hickey
Over the Christmas/New Year break many of you will have spent time with friends and family catching up on all the latest news and/or reminiscing about past events or people no longer with us, etc. Others will have done as I did and gone to visit family graves to give them a bit of a tidy - it was interesting to see how many were at Waikumete Cemetery, Auckland, on Boxing Day.
As family historians we often become fixated with the past and forget that our lives are of interest to the younger generation; young children often enjoy hearing about the "olden days". We may consider our lives to be ordinary but think of those things we have experienced during our lives that the younger generations will not. For instance, the thrill of the family getting its first television or car, milk being delivered to the house (perhaps you worked on the milk truck/cart). I know that my uncles and aunts sometimes wouldn't tell my grandad when there was a horse out in the street just so they didn't have to shovel the droppings to put on the garden.
It is important to write about our memories as we are the last with a memory of our grandparents or, if you are lucky, great granparents, uncles, aunts, etc, and if the memories of them are not noted then they will become a series of notes in someone's future research without having a personality. Having an idea of someone's personality can help when trying to work out why they took this action or made that decision. Think how pleased you would have been to find such a series of notes or stories when you started your research.
Writing your story need not be a daunting task. You could simply make notes about events and people in your life or you may decide to write a series of short essays. Given the current holiday season, you could write about Christmases past, or summer holidays - remember those essays you used to write when you returned to school, "What I did in the holidays?"
Some things in your life may bring back bad memories but do try to wirte about these as well as it could be healing for you. If you are concerned about the family reading it you could place that story in a sealed envelope with instructions that it is not to be opened until a particular time.
I hope this will encourage you to begin writing something about your own life as you may be surprised what you remember when you get started. If you want to go further with this you may find a course in writing available at your local night school or community centre.
Happy writing, and a Happy New Year!
Archive for 2010
Guest contributor: Marie Hickey
Happy hunting all!
be digitised at Auckland City Libraries and it can be viewed online.
One of the categories is "Specialist records" which includes:
- Crew lists 1861-1913
- Civil Service Evidence of Age 1752-1948
- GWR Shareholders 1835-1932 and
- Other records 1320-1996.
- Army deserters 1828-40
- Bankrupt Directory 1820-43
- Corfe Castle and district 1790 census
- Dorset Flax and hemp growers (1783-91)
- Glamorgan Schools admission registers - covers 18 schools and includes WWII evacuees
- Lincolnshire settlement certificates
- Match Workers' Strike 1888
Illustrated London News (selected years) - this is also available through the Digital Library part of the library website for the years 1842-2003.
Penny Magazine 1832-44 - this was published with the working man in mind and covered a wide range of subjects of general interest and everyday matters.
Soulby's Ulverston Advertiser (1848-62) - a window into the life of the market town of Ulverston, Cumbria
Tewkesbury Yearly Register and Magazine (1830-50) - an anecdotal history includes - marriage and death notices of those born in Tewkesbury but since moved from the area; a list of those who died in a cholera outbreak with details of the way they died, their address and occupation.
London Parishes (post 1813 [Births, Christenings, Deaths and Burials], post 1784 [Marriages] - more records have been added.
London Parishes (pre 1813 registers) has had more parishes added.
Queensland Govt Gazettes (1903-10) - we have CDs of these in ARC for 1859-1905
Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Notes & Queries (1893-98) - many articles on buildings, local history, general interest, flora and fauna
Lancashire & Cheshire Historical & Genealogical Notes (1878-83) [from the title page - "comprises unpublished items of local and family history, church notes, abstracts of charters, deeds, wills etc, folk lore, legends traditions etc"]
Licences of parole for female convicts (1853-71 & 1883-87)
Canadian soldiers - selected service records WWI
Canadian war dead - selected service records WWII
California - 1852 census
The Lock-in is an annual event at the Auckland Research Centre, that allows family historians the opportunity to be locked into our research centre overnight to do their family history research, while being supported and assisted by staff and volunteers from the NZSG.
Manukau Library has an interesting section on its website "Massey's South Auckland Cossacks".
The constables were not just from the Auckland region, as the places mentioned are from as far away as the Waikato and Northland.
So for all of you family historians you may wish to add Kintalk as your blog of interest and start adding some comments! You can then adjust the Quick Links for your liking for example Family History eResources and Family History collections may be two you could consider adding. You may also want to add Heritage Special Collections eResources and Heritage Services and Collections as quick links. Others I'd recommend adding include Local History eResources, Local History Research and of course News and Newspapers allowing you quick access to Papers Past, Australian Historic Newspapers and Nuipepa - Historic Maori newspapers.
On Thursday July 15, 2010, Marie Hickey and myself, attended the first NZ Family History Fair in Hamilton, representing the Auckland Research Centre, Auckland City Libraries as exhibitors. It was organised by the New Zealand Society of Genealogists, who the Auckland Research Centre has a close relationship with.
Can't wait for the next one!
Kent Machine Breakers (vol. 1 and vol 2)
Buckinghamshire Machine Breakers
Essex Machine Breakers
Gloucestershire Machine Breakers
Dorset Machine Breakers
Hope to see some of you at the Family History fair in Hamilton this weekend: http://nzfhf2010.dnserver.net.nz
- Sign yourself up for a Facebook account if you haven't done so already, and sign into your account.
- You will see a link for "Groups" on the left hand side of your page.
- Click "Groups". Then on the right hand side of the screen, click the button that says "Create a Group".
- This takes you to another page, "STEP ONE" with a series of boxes that you need to fill in.
- The first box is your Groups name.
- Call it Genealogy - <name of people researching>
- In the description field, type as much about your research interest as you can. Include full names, dates etc.
- I also include a disclaimer stating that the group is open only to descendants/relatives and that if they request an invitation to join the group, they should state where they think they may be connected. It is important that your family feel that you are keeping their privacy safe.
- I select "Common Interest" and "Families" in the group type scroll down menus.
- The box "recent news", I reserve for my most up-to-date research breakthroughs, and try to keep updated.
- I leave "office:" box blank, but I fill in my email address, so that I can be contacted.
- If you have a family history website, then put the website address in the website box. I leave street address blank, but I do put my city in the town/city box.
- Click "CREATE GROUP" at the bottom, which then takes you to "STEP TWO"
- A series of options have been pre-selected. Read them carefully, but I leave them all as they are, EXCEPT the bottom subheading which says "ACCESS". I choose "this group is closed" for this option.
- Click SAVE, and it will ask you if you want to post the new group profile to your Facebook profile wall. I would say "Yes".
- Lastly, you get the opportunity to invite people who are already your Facebook friends, and also to invite people via email, who aren't on Facebook list.
- Keep your Facebook group up to date, with news. Use "Wall posts" to communicate with your family. Encourage them to post family pictures and anecdotes.
Good luck, and have fun!
It's my experience that family history brings families together. Not just with the ones that have passed away, but also with the ones still very much alive. Its also a great way of meeting new family members too!
Years ago, when I first started my family history, I was introduced to new family members in person - who then gave me information about their branch or twig.
A wee bit later, I progressed to posting queries on RootsWeb message boards, and was tickled pink to get email responses from other people who were also tracing their family tree, and had found we had relatives in common.
Eventually, closer relatives that I had never met also got in touch. I have spread my net wide, and have posted my "interests" as we family historians call it, on various genealogy websites. I am always excited and amazed when I get a response from a posting that I made 10 years ago.
I thank goodness that I chose and maintain a webmail address, so that I would always be found, no matter what country I live in, and no matter who my Internet Service Provider is.
In more recent years, I have made great use of Facebook. I started genealogy interest group pages in the names of the four main branches of my father's family, and the four main branches of my mother's family. Just this year, so far, I have "met" six new family members, and in turn, been introduced to their immediate families.
Like so many families today, our geographic spread is far and wide: UK (Scot-Eng-Ire-Wales), Spain, South Africa, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
But the internet brings closer together and makes us neighbours . . .
Also, a heads up to let you all know that the 1901 Census for Ireland is due to be launched on 3 June 2010 (UK time) and will be free. The site is fully searchable www.census.nationalarchives.ie .
Along with the 1911, this is the only fully surviving pre-independence census for Ireland so is quite important for those with family in Ireland at the time.
Happy hunting to you all . . .
Guest contributor: Marie Hickey
When looking at some documents among the Newgate Gate Gaol Delivery Books (1785-1834) on microfilm at the Auckland Research Centre recently we found some records relating to Boards of Guardians that we had not realised we had. This is particulalry exciting given the recent apology of former British prime minister Gordon Brown to children who were sent overseas under the child migration scheme.
The records are for the areas covered by the Boards of Guardians for Brentford, Hampstead and Lambeth as well as minutes of the Central Unemployed Body for London (1905-11), all relating to emigration of children and families.
Some of the records of the Boards of Guardians relate to children who had been placed in schools having come from the workhouse eg Chase Farm School (run by the Edmonton Board Guardians). There are lists of children proposed for emigration to Canada and New Zealand (1891-1926), emigration consents and refusals (1925), and contracts and agreements to send children or families to Australia (c.1852-c.1855). Most of the material is unindexed but is quite legible and apart from names can include information such as: address sent to in the new country, school sent from, cost of emigration, date of emigration, and port of arrival.
Amongst the records is a booklet relating to the settlement of boys to Australia and a Handbook on the Dominion of New Zealand: containing information regarding openings for settlers, wages and hours of labour, cost of living, assisted passages, fares, etc (1925).
On another note, those who enjoy reading the Ancestors magazinepublished by TNA (the National Archives, UK) will be disappointed to learn that this has now ceased publication. It is envisaged that a different magazine will be produced, possibly later in the year.
Who do you think we are? series 2 (Australia) UKTV Mondays 7.30pm.
UKTV on Sky is currently repeating this series, if you missed it the first time around you may want to catch it this time. Auckland City Libraries has series 1 & 2 for the Australian Who do you think you are? and series1-4 for the UK version.
The Australian series is similar to the UK one but includes much more social history and perhaps slightly more insight into different records available in Australia. I really enjoyed this series and found it interesting as well as informative as the format follows the lines of how a family historian would work. Nick Barratt makes an appearance towards the end of the Ben Mendolssohn episode explaining how the ancestor probably came to be in the workhouse.
Also, we are now subscribing to the Who do you think you are? magazine and currently have the March and April 2010 editions available in the Auckland Research Centre.
I am delighted to be given this opportunity to introduce myself to the New Zealand genealogy community and look forward to meeting and working with you in the forthcoming weeks.
I have always had a love for history, starting with sneaking historical novels off my parents’ bookshelf when I was about nine years old – getting lost in the world of Tudor Kings and Queens.
I can also thank my parents for my passion for family history. My Scottish mother is a fabulous storyteller and she entertained me with stories of her family and what she knew of her ancestors. I would hang on her every word. Her mother was descended from McKenzie of Applecross, who reputedly sheltered Bonnie Prince Charlie when he came over from Skye prior to Culloden. My Scottish ancestry has always meant a lot to me.
My English father, on the other hand, knew very little about his father’s family. He was the youngest of a large Catholic family, his mother died of TB when he was about four months old, and his father, being a Merchant Seaman, was away at sea all the time. My father was fostered out and brought up by neighbours.
All we really knew about his father’s family was that his father had left Newfoundland for England at a young age during the First World War, and lied about his age to get into the Merchant Navy.
When I was living in London, my father asked me to look into some details for him. And before long, I was hooked and had completely caught the genealogy-bug! Currently I have hit the proverbial brick wall at around 1800 where both my father’s maternal and paternal lines lead back to Ireland. Nevertheless, my father now knows about his grandparents and his uncles and aunts and has connected with cousins he never knew before.
I have had much more luck with my mother’s line, tracing both branches back to the 17th Century. I have still to corroborate the McKenzie of Applecross story though . . .
When in London, I was a frequent visitor to the Public Records Office (as it was known then) and loved looking up the original indices. Since returning to New Zealand, I was a frequent visitor initially to Auckland Library, then also the LDS Family History Centre in Takapuna.
The advent of the internet has made researching family history a lot more accessible to the general public. My favourite online tools have been Ancestry, the Origins network, FindMyPast and RootsWeb. Being an “Apple Mac” person, my genealogy software tool is Reunion for Mac.
I have been very excited to find and be found by relatives when we’ve discovered each other on genealogy forums. Its been a delight to connect with a fellow family historian who is related to me, and we’ve been able to help each other with our brick walls.
Latterly Facebook has been a real boon for me. I started Facebook genealogy groups in the names of the four branches of my family trees, and relatives are now finding me all the time.
I come from North Shore Libraries, where I had been working as a general Librarian with duties as a trainer, also working with the Oral History team, assisting with workshops and training people how to use digital technology. I’d also been converting tape cassettes over to digital format to ensure their continued preservation.
So through these important tasks, I have also discovered a passion for Oral History and love listening to the older folk describe their earlier life experiences.
Formerly, I had worked for 26 years’ in design and publishing for both print and web! After starting my working life as an apprentice Typographer, I became heavily involved in management and IT.
Once I had had my family, I decided I needed to have a change of career. After weighing up my options, it made sense for me to choose librarianship and so I left my career to study and work my way up through the library system, with the idea that some day somehow I could become a family historian.
In the four years since making that decision I have gained my library qualifications, and my professional library registration and I am intending continue my studies towards a degree in history.
Library work seemed the perfect way of bringing together my love of history and books. I have also been very pleased to help others with their family history – so this is my dream job, doing what I love! Family history research and helping people!
I intend on carrying on Karen’s legacy and will develop some new ideas and services in the future.
Meanwhile, I look forward to meeting with you all in the near future…
Guest contributor: Marie Hickey
As Autumn approaches some of you will be looking forward to an overseas trip to the Northern hemisphere during their warmer months. For those who may be, including the Merseyside and Manchester areas, you may be interested in the following:
The People's History Museum at Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER. Admission is free and it is open Monday to Sunday.
Ancestor's Arms, Wallasey, Merseyside, is the first family history themed pub to open in the UK. Newton & Ridley (the well-known Coronation Street brewers) are said to be brewing two special ales for sale at the pub.
If you are intending to visit the Somerset Record Office records on micofiche and micofilm only will be available for consultation 6 April to 5th July. After this period the centre will be closed for at least two months while records are moved to the new Somerset Heritage Centre which is envisaged to open 6 September 2010. Further information can be found on their website.
Want to experience what a Family History Fair in the UK can be like? Then you may wish to attend one on 11 September 2010 at Newcastle Central Premier Inn, Newbridge Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Check the website for further information.
Of course the 'big one' - Who do you think you are? LIVE- is now being held in London at the end of February. Check the Society of Genealogists' website for further information closer to the time.
If you are one of those lucky people travelling abroad and planning to do some research do go prepared (do you need identification? what are the opening hours & regulations?), your time will be more productive and more enjoyable.
Finally, those who enjoy reading the Ancestors magazine published by TNA (the National Archives, UK) will be disappointed to learn that this has now ceased publication. It is envisaged that a different magazine will be produced possibly later in the year.
Guest contributor: Marie Hickey
Those of you who enjoy reading Ancestor magazine published by The National Archives will be sorry to learn that the April 2010 issue is to be the last in the current format. A new magazine is apparantly envisaged but as yet no details are available. For all those with London connections, the February 2010 issue is completely devoted to this City.
New databases are coming available all the time and it is hard to keep up with them all. Some recently added databases of interest are: -
New additions from findmypast:
Approximately 20,000 entries have been added to Essex Memorial Inscriptions bringing the total number of entries to 170,875 convering the years 1100-2007.
St John Wapping records for 1655-1707 and 1734-1780 have been added to the Docklands Christening records. Other areas included (but not necessarily comprehensively) are: Bermondsley, Isle of Dogs, Limehouse, Mile End, Millwall, Newington, Poplar, Ratcliff, Shadwell, Spitalfields, Stepney and Whitechapel. Unfortunately date range and parishes covered is not given.
Chelsea Pensioner Records: soldier's documents (W097) 1760-1913 and Militia Attestation Papers (WO96) 1806-1915 are being digitised and added to this site. The project is due to be completed in 2011. See findmypast for the proposed release dates. The first section to be released covers WO97/2172-4231 (1883-1900).
Ancestry has added Famine Relief Commission Papers (1844-47). These cover letters, minutes etc sent to the Royal Commission mainly from local relief committees, local clergy, lieutenants and concerned citizens from Cork, Galway, Clare, Mayo and Limerick counties. They are name searchable and provide good back ground knowledge of what conditions were like and steps taken to provide relief. The National Archives of Ireland website explains these papers.
Last but not least, for those of you who have not heard, the cost of certificates from the General Register Office (England and Wales) will increased on the 6th of April 2010 from 7.00 to 9.25. This fee is the same whether or not you quote the volume and page number reference or place your order online.
Historical Australian newspapers from every Australian state have been digitised, some more than others. Some of the 30 plus newspapers are the Sydney Morning Herald, from 1842 to1954, the Melbourne Argus, from 1848 to1954, Tasmania's the Mercury, from1860 to1954, the Brisbane Courier, from 1864 to1933, and the Northern Territory Times and Gazette, from 1873 to1927. Going on to About Us from the home page shows you a list of the newspapers and the years covered. You can browse these newspapers by title, search by state or click on to Advanced Search to limit your search to specific newspapers and a range of years.
Papers Past, the National Library of New Zealand's initiative, is also a work in progress and added to on a regular basis. New to the website is the Thames Star, from 1874 to 1900 (although in May they will be covering up to 1920), the Ashburton Guardian, from 1890 to 1920 (with some gaps), and the recently added colourful NZ Truth, from 1903 to 1930. The Manawatu papers are to be added this month, from1877 to 1886, as are the Waipu Church Times and Waipu Church Gazette, between them covering the years 1907 to 1920. The Lyttleton Times is to be introduced in May and issues of the Evening Post will carry on to 1920. In June the Otago Daily Times is to be launched, starting from 1861 with its period of coverage yet to be confirmed. The newspapers can be searched by title, region and year. Clicking on More search options though will allow a more specific search.
Historical newspapers are full of gems for genealogists with, for example, family notices, passenger lists, reports of accidents and lists of school prize winners.
Contributor: David Verran
We are thrilled to be able to announce the digitisation of our unique card index, known as the New Zealand Card Index and housed in the Auckland Research Centre. What is of particular interest to family historians is that this resource is available online through our website.
The digital version of the New Zealand Card Index provides vastly improved keyword access to local history, biographical and family history references from sources such as: Auckland scrapbooks 1923 to 1994, New Zealand scrapbooks 1916 to 1975, Obituary scrapbooks 1933 to 1941 and 1949 to 1979, and the New Zealand herald, the Auckland star and Auckland area suburban newspapers before November 1996. Note that music references were at that time included in a different card index, which has now been entered onto Index Auckland.
Material was selected for inclusion in the scrapbooks because of its historical, or potentially historical, value. For the Auckland scrapbooks, this included the opening, demolition or history of any buildings, history or description of industries, suburbs, etc., new subdivisions and articles giving the origin of the name of a suburb or street. The articles selected were comprehensive rather than exhaustive. Those for the New Zealand scrapbooks were more of general historical interest regarding New Zealand as a whole. The Obituary scrapbooks covered any major obituaries from either the New Zealand herald or Auckland star, as well as some death notices which were not indexed.
The availability of microfilm reader printers from the mid 1970s allowed direct reference to issues of the New Zealand herald and the Auckland star and accordingly the various scrapbooks began to cease. The advent of Newsindex in 1979 and Index New Zealand in 1987 led to further refining of what was and wasn't indexed. Further, indexing from the non-Auckland City Council area suburban newspapers ceased from November 1989, the Auckland star ceased 31 July 1991 and increasingly the New Zealand herald left the local stories to the suburban newspapers. Nevertheless, as of November 1996 the New Zealand herald and Auckland City area suburban newspapers were still being comprehensively indexed.
Index Auckland and the digitised New Zealand Card Index are available through the Digital library (the latter from the first quarter of the new year) on our website www.aucklandcitylibraries.com.
Guest contributor: Anahera Sadler
The British Museum online photographic collection, which now includes thousands of Pacific (including Maori) images that have just been scanned as part of a long-term research project undertaken by the institution. The database is huge. From my quick search, the Pacific collection appears to be twice as large (3000+ images) than that offered on Matapihi (the NZ archived image database).
There are about 1850 Maori images (there are 11,500 on Matapihi). Many of the images are also available from NZ archives, but some of the British Museum copies are apparantly of a higher quality and there are many images that are not available here. Access to these photographs would once have been through browsing reference images over many days in a large set of ring-binders in the research library of the Museum. This is so much more user-friendly, faster and cheaper, although the larger issues of open access to indigenous images remains a tricky question!
Guest contributor: Marie Hickey
A gem of a resource with a remarks column that could have in it:
...first baker to bake bread for sale in Auckland
...born on the night of the High Street fire
...went to Tauranga & was there at the time of the Te Kooti scare
...father living in Sydney aged 85 years
This membership book covers the period 10 October 1919 to 16 November 1934.
It contains the following information:
Date of enrolment, badge no., address at time of enrolment, when & where born, date of arrival in NZ, name of ship, and miscellaneous remarks (examples of which were given above).
Membership was not limited to those who had immigrated as a number of members had been born in New Zealand but to either immigrant parents or grandparents.
All entries in this roll are indexed on to Index Auckland (accessible through our website in the Digital library) and the volume is held in Auckland City Libraries Sir George Grey Special Collections.
Now that the Christmas/New Year break is over many of you will have been visiting/visited by relatives and caught up on all the latest family news, exchanged family info etc and may now have new avenues of research to follow up on.
Digitised records of about 100,000 RAF officers serving in WWI (killed or discharged before 1920) from series AIR 76 at TNA (the National Archives) are now available through the Documents Online service.
For those of you who may have links with the East India Company and therefore have someone who served in the Bombay Army 1795-1862 may find the databases on The Families in British India Society useful although, do bear in mind that this is only a selection of records but still of value. http://fibis.org
Twenty nine directories for Belfast and nearby towns 1819-1900 have been digitised are available at http://streetdirectories.proni.gov.uk
The National Library of Ireland have produced a free sources database cataloguing over 180,000 Irish manuscripts and articles from over 150 publications up to 1969 http://sources.nil.ie
Guest contributor: Anahera Sadler, Pou Kohinga Matua (Maori Reference Librarian)
If you are looking to connect or reconnect with your whanau, hapu or iwi and think you are from the region of Tamaki Makaurau then this website is definitely worth a look in.
The Tamaki Makaurau Marae Directory is an initiative sponsored and maintained by Te Puni Kokiri (Ministry of Maori Development). The directory provides a listing of all marae in the greater Auckland region, enabling the local community, tangata whenua and visitors to easily find and visit local marae.
The website encompasses 75 marae from Warkworth in the north through to Pukekohe in the South. It is searchable either by name of marae or by region (North, East, West or South). A picture of the marae is viewable, a pepeha (a way to introduce yourself in a Maori context - waka, maunga, awa, iwi, hapu, marae) are recorded, contact details and google maps with driving directions are also listed to further aid the researcher to identify where the marae are and how to get there.
So, make the most of this resource...reunite with your whanau, strengthen your links, delve into these sacred places steeped in whakapapa, stories of days gone by, and learn about their relevance today!
The historic Victoria Government Gazette's from 1851 to 1997 are available online http://gazette.slv.vic.gov.au/
The gazettes are resources well worth keen family historians investing some time in.