Otaki Family History Expo

The beautiful Otaki Beach on the Kapiti Coast — home to many keen family historians

The Otaki geneology Group is organising a major Family History Expo for everyone curious about their own family history.

It says the internet makes tracing ancestry easier. With FamilySearch or Ancestry.com you can type in the name of an ancestor and find his birth in England, his marriage in America and then his/her name in the electoral role in New Zealand.

Not everything is online

A great starting point, but what if you want to go deeper? Not all is online. You have to think creatively and use every snippet of information as a lead to understand their life circumstances and what was happening at that time.

Genealogy traces your lineage, Family History is more encompassing and looks beyond the bare bones of birth, marriage or death dates, and illustrates aspects like individual stories behind the facts, relating them to a historical context. This is where the Otaki Branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists steps in and helps.

Then there is the growing interest in one’s DNA. Anne, an adoptee, knew nothing about her family other than the mother’s name on her Birth Certificate. She was raised in a loving adoptive family, but the gift of a DNA Test Kit gave her a large biological family.

Fascinating ethnic mix

Her ethnic mix from the United Kingdom, and even Scandinavia was not a surprise, but the range of European and the Ashkenazi Jew, was totally unexpected. Anne became intrigued by the history of all these different people.

What made this family move from there to here? Why did this ancestor change religion? How did that family go from wealth to poverty and back again? Her DNA-journey gave her that identity what adoptees often question.

We have invited specialists to help put the pieces together or to break down the brick walls you may have encountered. There will be research desks to help you, with specialists in Scottish, Irish, English and whakapapa researchers on hand. Find out how to start your journey in family history, how to go about having your DNA tested, listen to expert presentations, discover links and stories.

  • Otaki Memorial Hall
  • Saturday 19th May from 10am to 4pm.

Entry by gold coin donation.

Contact:  Len Nicholls, Convenor

T 06 364 7638   M 022 320 2905

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