Christchurch Family History Virtual Expo – Saturday 15 August

Due to the move into COVID-19 Level 2, the Christchurch Family History Expo events in Tūranga are cancelled but a virtual webinar series is now on Saturday 15 August. Find out more about the Christchurch Family History Virtual Expo on the Memories in Time website.

Download the programme of events [632KB PDF]

9.00am Expo Room Opens
9.20am Expo Welcome
9.30am International Webinar: Myko Clelland: Discovering British & Irish Ancestors with Findmypast.  How do you get the best out of FindmyPast? Hear from their resident genealogist and learn the tips, tricks and techniques to aid your research. Find out about their exclusive record collections which will get you further in your family history.
10.30am Fiona Brooker: Story to Book. When we're gone our stories could disappear. Learn tips and tricks on recording your stories or your ancestors' stories, preserving your photos and memories and how to put them together for publication.
11.30am Valerie Anderson: Family Search for Beginners. How to use Family Search and how the local Family History Centre can help with your genealogy researching.
12.30pm International Webinar: Curt Witcher: Passenger & Immigration Research.  This lecture challenges the student of genealogy to view an ancestor’s travel to this continent as a three-step process -- leaving, arriving, and settling down. Sample documents are viewed and suggestions on how to access immigration related data.
1.30pm Michelle Patient: Ancestry DNA. Had your DNA tested? Not sure what to do next or what it all means? Michelle will explore some fundamental steps to get the most out of your AncestryDNA results, as well as tips and hints for extracting genealogy evidence to help further your research.
2.30pm Edwina Swingler: Using Maps to Enhance your Research. Is it possible to go on your family history journey and not know about the places your family lived? Maps not only show you what the location was like but what was happening in the surrounding areas.
3.30pm International Webinar: John Grenham: Recent Revolution in Irish Research. Irish research has gone from being one of the weirdest and most difficult in the world to one of the least difficult. The talk outlines the starting point and the changes, with plenty of practical examples.
4.30pm Expo Close

Registering for the Expo

Click on the Expo Registration Link. This will take you to the Zoom website where you can register for the expo.

Registration will include downloading some software to make Zoom work on your computer if you haven't been to a Zoom meeting before. After completing registration, Zoom will send you an email with the link to the actual expo entry.

There is some limit on the numbers that can attend via Zoom.

This is a live event with the exception of the International Webinars that were recorded at the Auckland Family History Expo. Time permitting, question and answer sessions will be available at the end of the local sessions. No recordings of the local sessions will be available after the event.

Find out more on the Memories in Time website.

A Note on our International Speakers:

Myko Clelland is genealogist, spokesperson and regional licensing manager for Findmypast. Myko holds a Masters’ Degree in Genealogy (distinction) and has over 200 worldwide speaking appearances to his name.

John Grenham is a professional genealogist, beginning with the Genealogical Office in 1981. John was Project Manager with the Irish Genealogical Project and later developed his own genealogical software, Grenham’s Irish Recordfinder, and was the first Genealogist-in-Residence at Dublin City Library.

Curt Witcher is Senior Manager for Special Collections at the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Curt manages the Genealogy Center as well as the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection of Abraham Lincoln related research materials.

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