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Welcome to the home page of the Gore Branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists.  We are an enthusiastic bunch of family and local historians and were established as a Branch of the NZSG in 1976.

Our member's genealogy interests; family stories and brick walls; branch newsletters and resources are on this site.

We meet on the first Tuesday of each month at the Gore Historical Museum in the Gore Heritage Centre. Over the year we host a varied and motivating range of speakers; and visitors to our meetings are most welcome.

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About Us


The Gore Branch of the NZSG meets on the first Tuesday of every month (except January) in the Hokonui Heritage Centre in the Gore Historical Museum, on the corner of Norfolk Street and Hokonui Drive, Gore.

An open meeting commences at 7 pm but for those not wishing to sit in on this part of the evening the research room is open.  Our speaker begins at 8 pm and visitors are welcome to arrive at this time.

The benefits of membership include assistance with research, access to NZSG resources, trips to other repositories and a lively group of friendly and interested fellow genealogists.  Subs are  $30 with prompt payment and volunteer discounts.   

Visitors are warmly welcomed to any of our meetings and our resources are available to the public from the Research Centre at the Hokonui Heritage & Information Centre.


Our  Programme  for  2013 - 14  

Tuesday 2 July Choosing a Genealogy Software Programme - Jeni Simpson
Tuesday 13 August What do I do with all this Information? - Alan Ritchie, Margaret Sutherland & Elaine Scott
Tuesday 3 September NZ Family History Fair Highlights - Gore Members
Tuesday 1 October  Invercargill Library - Visit
Tuesday 5 November  LDS Visit - Gore 
Saturday 16 November  NZSG Computer Road Show - Gore
Tuesday 3 December  Christmas Gathering   - RSA, Gore


Saturday 1 February Gore A & P Show Display
Tuesday 4 February TBA
Tuesday 4 March  Brick Wall Evening - bring along any problems
Saturday 10 March Open Day - Featuring Heather Bray - morning and afternoon presentations
Tuesday 1 April Using Army Records & Medals for Your Research - Bryce Horrell
Tuesday 6 May Dating Photographs
Tuesday 2 June AGM
Tuesday 1 July NZ Birth, Marriage, Death Records - Avis McDonald
Coming Up Researching and Publishing a Family History - Bruce O'Connor 



Gore District Historical Society


Our sister organisation, the Gore District Historical Society, was established in 1969 and during the following 19 years gathered a collection of historical objects, photographs and information, held meetings and field trips, and assisted in establishing the Eastern Southland Gallery, before opening the Gore Historical Museum in 1988, in what was then the vacant Gore Fire Station. To improve its facilities and services, the museum relocated to its present site, re-opening its doors in March 1999.

In addition to operating the museum, the Society meets at 2pm on the second Monday of the month where invited speakers address members on a variety of subjects of historical or general interest. Bus trips and other activities are also arranged periodically throughout the year. Members receive all museum newsletters and have access to, and receive discount on, all museum and research centre services, activities and publications.