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Celebrate Family History Month in August

The genealogy group set up storyboards all over town. Photo / Provided

August is Family History Month, and the local genealogy group has planned several activities for those who want to research their family or those who need a reminder to get the most out of the Internet. for their research. Capturing family stories and publishing them is one way to ensure memories are passed on to the next generation.

To start the month, the genealogy group set up storyboards across the city and from August 1-6 these can be found in the lobby of the local library, as well as in the windows of Robert Harris, the Barber Shop, Bakehouse Café and the Storyteller.

The genealogy group set up storyboards all over town.  Photo / Provided
The genealogy group set up storyboards all over town. Photo / Provided

Inside the library, during the first week of August, there will be a static display on the key steps needed to begin family history research, as well as free materials and contact information for those interested. individual help. The library will also feature a selection of family history books.

At the end of Family History Month, Saturday August 27 and also Saturday September 3, the Genealogy Group is hosting two separate beginners workshops at Te Awamutu Library. Both workshops are free and run from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with the doors to the community room open from 9:30 a.m.

The August 27 workshop will focus on getting started. Topics covered include research basics, major online websites, and organization.

The second workshop will focus on DNA as a key research tool, collaborating with others and writing your stories.

Although the workshops are self-contained, people will get the most out of them if they are able to attend both.

A talk by Alan Hall on Te Awamutu’s heritage commercial buildings will also be part of Family History Month. Alan Hall is a member of the genealogy group and a driving force on the heritage buildings research team. His talk, Te Awamutu’s Business Field: The Story of Its Development, follows an earlier talk he gave titled Old Wine in New Bottles.

Alan’s first lecture focused on the buildings themselves; his last lecture focused on the development of the town between 1880 and 1920, the role played by the town council in providing essential services, and their role in opening the lands of Mission Station to commercial development.

It will also discuss some of the most important commercial buildings erected in Te Awamutu between 1890 and 1950, including observations on the architectural styles, alterations and changing use of these buildings as the local economy flourished. . Alan’s free lecture is at 6pm at Te Awamutu Library on Wednesday August 24th.

The school registry project that the genealogy group has been working on for three years is nearing completion and the branch is now able to offer tracing services for people born at least 100 years ago who attended schools in Te Awamutu and surroundings.

If information is sought on a person under the age of 100, proof of family connection is required for confidentiality reasons.

The group hopes the public can also help find the missing original records from Hauturu and Te Rore schools. For Te Rore, the missing register covers the period 1951-1985 and for Hauturu the period is 1918-1956.

All other original school records are held either at the Te Awamutu Museum or the NZ Archives. The genealogy group’s role in the project was to transcribe the original records and provide participating schools with a digital copy for their own use.

More information about Family History Month activities can be found on the Waipā Libraries website under the Upcoming Events page.

Members of the public are also invited to attend the monthly evening meetings hosted by the Te Awamutu Genealogy Group on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the St John Ambulance Training Room in Palmer St.

There is a door charge of $3 per meeting. For more information, email [email protected]

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