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Family History Month 2017 -

Open Day - Saturday 5 August 2017
9:00am - 4:00pm

Family History Month
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Join us for our Family History Open Day.

Whether you are an experienced researcher or just beginning your family history journey, there's sure to be something on today's programme for you. 

All welcome.

Venue Location (see map for Karori)

Samuel Marsden Collegiate School,
Marsden Avenue, Karori
(see map for Karori)


  • ample un-metered free parking is available in streets around the venue (see map)
  • drop off / pickup / loading zone ONLY will be available in front of the school's Main Building, accessed from Marsden Avenue entrance Marsden Avenue entrance (see map)
  • on-site parking, accessed via Vera Street entrance Vera Street entrance (see map), is RESERVED for:
    • the Speakers and Exhibitors
    • those with car-pooling tickets (minumum 3 occupants) - email for bookings
    • those needing mobility parks Mobility carparks

Bus Transport:

  • a No. 3 bus travels along Karori Road every 15 mins to/from Lambton Quay, North End, Stop F or J
  • the bus stop nearest to venue is at Marsden Village, Bus 140 metres from Karori Road pedestrian access Karori Road pedestrian access to the school (see map)


$10:00 (under 18 years free)

Raffle + Prizes

Raffle drawn 5 August 2017
See 2017 Raffle results [PDF]

1 ticket for $5
3 tickets for $10

Six prizes will be awarded, first five winners being able to choose their prize from following list.

  • Ancestry UK Heritage Plus Subscription (value about $250.00)
  • Find My Past Subscription (value about $250.00)
  • Living DNA Testing Kit (value about $170.00)
  • Ancestry DNA Testing Kit (value about $150.00)
  • NZSG National Membership for one year (value $102.00)
  • NZSG Local Branch Membership for one year (value varies)

See 2017 Raffle poster [PDF] for more details

Raffle drawn 5 August 2017
See 2017 Raffle results [PDF]

Map - Karori
(Download 2017 Open Day programme + Maps [PDF])

    Venue Buildings (see map for School)


    "Stream 3 - DNA" (speaker Michelle Patient) will be in the Auditorium which seats 400 people, is raked, but has mobility access and space for wheelchairs and other mobility device users.

    Cultural Centre

    "Stream 2 - Family History" (various speakers) will be in the Cultural Centre which is wheelchair accessible via a covered walkway to the Cafeteria.

    Upstairs Common Room

    "Stream 1 - Beginners" (various speakers) will be in the Upstairs Common Room which is on the 1st floor above the Cultural Centre - unfortunately
    no lift access to it.




    • Tea, coffee & biscuits ($2) available until 3:00pm (see School map)
    • No lunch food available
    • BYO Food or visit nearby cafes just a short walk away (see Karori map)

    Exhibitors / Interest Groups

    South Studio / North Studio / I-Centre

    These organisations/groups will have a stand at the Open Day with experienced staff to help you with any queries.

    They will use the South Studio / North Studio / I-Centre areas which are all accessible, being on the same level as the main foyer and entry desks.

    Map - Samuel Marsden Collegiate School
    (Download 2017 Open Day programme + Maps [PDF])

    Samuel Marsden Collegiate School

    Speaker Programme
    (Download 2017 Open Day programme + Maps [PDF])


    Stream 1

    Upstairs Common Room

    Common Room

    (NB: No Disabled Access)

    Stream 2
    Family History

    Cultural Centre

    Cultural Centre

    Stream 3




    South Studio / North Studio / I-Centre

    South Studio & North Studio / I-centre


    9.45 -

    Welcome/NZSG Member Services: What are you missing?
    Robyn Williams - Chair, NZSG Board

    9.00am -
    NZSG Interest
    Groups and
    Archives NZ
    and National

    10.45 -

    NZSG Member
    Services Q&A

    Robyn Williams

    In their own words:
    a brief intro to oral history methodology

    Judith Fyfe

    DNA: The Fourth Vital Record
    Michelle Patient

    12.00 -

    Starting Your Family History
    Sarah Hewitt

    Navigating Archway: Searching Archives NZ resources
    Donal Raethel

    Your DNA results have arrived - now what?

    Michelle Patient

    1.00 -


    1.45 -

    Starting Your Family History   (Repeat)
    Sarah Hewitt

    Discovering a paper son from digital fingerprints
    Richard Foy,
    National Library

    DNA Breakthroughs, Surprises and Skeletons
    Michelle Patient

    3.00 -

    Papers Past: Digging for gold!
    Emerson Vandy

    Great War Stories
    Anna Cottrell

    DNA Useful tools
    and tips

    Michelle Patient

    *DNA: You can choose to do all the DNA sessions or pick one or more.

    • DNA - The Fourth Vital Record:
      Using DNA for Family History, an introduction for those who want to know what it is and how testing DNA can help their genealogy research.
    • Your DNA results have arrived - now what?
      For those who have tested more recently, covers the first steps in looking at your results - including Ancestry, FTDNA, LivingDNA and MyHeritage.
    • Breakthroughs, Surprises and Skeletons:
      Who to test, ethical considerations and other issues to think about when you use DNA testing for Family History.
    • Useful tools and tips:
      A range of tools and tips to help you to extract the most genealogy evidence from your test results - and be better organized.