Forthcoming Events and Notices
There are no special events planned by the branch for the next quarter.
The next committee meeting is set for Wednesday 27 September.
The branch committee has made a change in the meeting days and times for the winter months (June-July-August) only - see note below.
(Notes on recent past events are included on this page.)
Branch meeting changes - June, July and August 2017.
The branch committee considered a change to the days and times for some winter-month meetings, from the third-Wednesday evenings to the third-Saturday afternoons, starting at 1.30pm. This will be held during normal opening hours of the Public Library.
It has some significant advantages for members : use of the library carpark; the lift will be available for access to the first floor; and there will be opportunities to make more effective use of the branch's resource rooms.
For the months of June, July and August, branch meetings will be held on Saturday afternoons (- see the branch Meeting page).
Normal Wednesday evening meetings will recommence from September.
Past event: Family History Week : August 2017
August each year is Family History Month, and a number of special events are planned nationally to celebrate family history, to encourage families to share their stories with all family members and encourage new members to join this rapidly growing hobby.
In 2017 the Southland Branch held a series of 5 lunchtime seminars, in conjunction with the Invercargill Public Library; there was an encouraging attendance at most sessions. The venue was the Meeting Room on the 1st floor of the Invercargill Public Library.
A list of the presentations is shown following.
- Mon 7 August: Introduction to genealogy and family history, and how to record your results. Roger Washbourn (NZSG).
- Tue 8 August: The journey of my whakapapa: how I used the resources available to explore my Mãori heritage. Jay Coote. (Community Connections Coordinator, Public Library).
- Wed 9 August: Family Research in England and Wales. Lesley Instone (NZSG).
- Thu 10 August: Highlights from the Archives Collection : a brief look into what?s new and popular in our Archives. Elsye Clark (IPL Archives).
- Fri 11 August: Gold rushes and Wardens Court Records. Prue Turnbull (NZSG Dunedin).
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Past event: NZSG 50th Anniversary : 15 August 2017 : National Luncheon
The NZ Society of Genealogists celebrated 50 years of operation in June this year at the Conference and AGM held over Queens Birthday Weekend. The actual 50th anniversary day was 15 August 2017
and a National Luncheon to celebrate the occasion was centred in Auckland, but relayed by internet to branches around the country which organised local gatherings.
There was connection via a live-streaming website to receive a nation-wide transmission co-ordinated from the FRC in Auckland, involving a live slideshow from the NZSG photographic archive, followed by
speeches by the NZSG Board Chairperson, the national compere, and invited guests. There was a modest gathering of Southland and Gore Branches members in the Invercargill Public Library to mark the occasion.
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