If you have ever wondered about your family history, where you came from, and how to trace your ancestors, then you should join the New Zealand Society of Genealogists (NZSG). The Society was formed in 1967, and currently has around 5,500 members - most of them in New Zealand. The aims of the Society are:
There are four membership categories. The benefits come from the Society's magazine (The New Zealand Genealogist) every two months, access to a much greater range of resources and postal research services, and an annual conference often with overseas speakers brought here. The Society has an online shop where resources (such as CDs and books) to assist family research can be ordered.
The NZ Society has an extensive website where you can find details about membership. New members can join online from the website. Application forms can be downloaded from the Society's website, are available from the Southland Branch Secretary, or can be obtained by writing to :
The NZ Society of Genealogists has its headquarters in the Family Research Centre, 159 Queens Road, Panmure, Auckland 1072. (Telephone 09-570 4248). The Centre is open daily 10am~4pm except Tuesdays, Sundays and Public Holidays - but check details as these hours may change.The Rules of the Society, which are also the Rules under which the Southland Branch operates, can be accessed here.
Nationwide, the Society has around 70-odd affiliated branches and special interest groups located in towns and cities. Join the Southland Branch of the Society if you live in Invercargill or the surrounding districts. Subscriptions (yearly from April to the following March) are Single $25, Double $35. Meetings are held regularly in Invercargill - for details, see the page on Branch Meetings. Members have access to reference material in the research room,
are able to borrow books and periodicals from the Branch library, and receive a periodic newsletter 'Branch Lines'. The home page of this website has contact details of the Southland Branch.
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