Uncovering the past

Invercargill Public Library community connections co-ordinator Jay Coote has been researching his Maori heritage in preparation for his talk at the library on Tuesday. Photo: Supplied

TRACING your family history could be easier after attending the Family History lunchtime talks next week.

Jointly hosted by the New Zealand Society of Genealogists and the Invercargill Public Library, a week of Family History lunchtime talks will be held from Monday, August 7, to Friday, August 11, 12.15pm-1pm daily.

Open to public, the informal talks will be free, with a different genealogical tool being focused on each day, library digital and communications manager Bonnie Mager said.

“Bring your lunch and learn.

“The talks will highlight the free resources available at the library and online for family history research.”

Topics range from “an introduction to family history research” on Monday, to more specific research themes such as tracing English ancestors on Thursday and gold-rush records on Friday. Highlights from the archives collection will be held on Thursday.

Library community connections co-ordinator Jay Coote has been researching his whakapapa in preparation for his talk on Tuesday.

“Since agreeing to do this talk, I have been able to use the library to find out loads of stuff I didn’t know about my ancestors.

“For instance, my grandfather’s father once cut his finger off with an axe because he made a bet with his friends, silly old coot.”

The talks will be held in the Invercargill Public Library meeting room upstairs.

Attendees are asked to bring their own lunch, but tea and coffee will be provided.

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