Forthcoming Events and Notices

There are no special events planned by the branch until February next year - see below.
The next committee meeting is set for Wednesday 23 January 2019.

GraemeGraeme Mackenzie's Speaking Tour, February 2019.

Professional Scottish genealogist and historian Graeme Mackenzie from Inverness (who last visited NZ in 2007) is planning a lecture tour of Australia and New Zealand in February 2019. He has arranged a busy speaking tour which includes a visit to Invercargill on 27 February 2019. The Southland Branch of NZSG will be hosting him that evening when he will be speaking on Family History Research in the Highlands of Scotland. Details of the event, which will be open to the public, will be advised when arrangements have been finalised. This is an occasion not to be missed for those who have forebears in the Scottish Highlands.
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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FHMPast event: Family History Week : 6~10 August 2018

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.
This year the Southland Branch, in conjunction with the Invercargill Public Library, again held a series of 5 lunchtime seminars in the Meeting Room on the 1st floor of the Invercargill Public Library. There were modest attendances throughout. A list of the presentations shown was:

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Updated 07/12/2018.