Forthcoming Events and Notices

There are no special events planned by the branch until February - see below.
The next committee meeting is set for Thursday 14 March 2019 at 2pm in the Genealogy Room.

CemeteryUpcoming: Cemetery Walkabout - March 2019.

The branch is organising a cemetery walkabout again, this time at St Johns Cemetery in Durham Street in Waikiwi. The date (but subject to the weather on the day): Sunday 17 March. Mary Stuart (pictured) will guide a group around the cemetery to introduce members to the notable and/or interesting residents. Assemble outside the cemetery gates by 2pm. The walkabout is to be followed up by further information at the branch's March meeting on Wednesday 20 March.

GraemePast Event: Graeme Mackenzie's Speaking Tour, February 2019.

Professional Scottish genealogist and historian Graeme Mackenzie from Inverness (who last visited NZ in 2014) is undertaking a lecture tour of Australia and New Zealand in February/March 2019. He has arranged a busy speaking tour which includes a visit to Invercargill on Wednesday 27 February 2019.

The Southland Branch of NZSG hosted him that evening when he spoke on Family History Research in the Highlands of Scotland. His presentation, which was open to the public, was held in the Meeting Room of the Invercargill Public Library, at 7pm. Graeme gave a fascinating powerpoint-assisted address on the background to Scottish genealogy and the problems which can confront the researcher. His updated book (Genealogy in the Gaidhealtachd) was a popular seller. A light supper concluded the evening.

Graeme's work as a clan historian and organiser of gatherings - for MacKenzies and MacMillans in particular - has also given him a unique insight into the Highland Clans, past and present, which he is frequently asked to lecture about around the world. His website, Highland Roots Research, can be accessed here.

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50 logoUpcoming: Southland Branch's 50th Anniversary : 2019

2019 is the 50th anniversary year of the Southland Branch, which initially began in May 1969 as the Invercargill Genealogists Club. Following approval by the New Zealand Society of Genealogists, the club was accepted as an official branch. The first meeting of the new branch (the 5th branch to be affiliated to the new Society) was held on 19 November 1969.
The branch committee is planning an anniversary dinner to mark the occasion, probably at the conclusion of Family History Week 2019 on Friday 9 August 2019, but which requires confirmation. Once details are known, the event will be widely publicised. Meantime, see the 'Newsletters and Archives' page for some historical records in past newsletters.

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Updated 01/03/2019.