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.
** NEW PURCHASE ** Stones Otago / Southland Directories in a 21 CD Set which is fully searchable. The Directories could be classed as an early form of telephone book and yellow pages. They are separated into well-defined sections, with a comprehensive index at the front and an almanac at the back. They are historic books that contain detailed info on people, their occupations, businesses and maps/locations. A large majority of the info relating to people in the district was compiled from a complete house-to-house canvas, meaning the info was always very up to date and accurate. The maps were useful in that not only did they show a meticulous amount of detail for the local streets and locations of the town, but some also contained valuable info on the distances between towns, and the rail passages that were open for traffic.
A big thank you to SOUTHLAND REGIONAL HERITAGE COMMITTEE, the COMMUNITY TRUST of SOUTHLAND and The TRUSTS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION for their support for the purchase of this set of Directories.
Listen to Dr Nick Barratt, a British genealogist, broadcaster, historian and author. He was the head genealogist for four years on the BBC's tv series Who Do You Think You Are? and spoke at the 2012 NZSG Taupo conference. He spoke on the importance of ancestral tourism as an economic driver for growth; the importance of personal heritage within the school education curriculum; and the future of genealogy in the media age. (29′22″)
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Local areas - Gore, Ardlussa, Balfour, Charlton, Chatton, Clinton, Edendale, Heriot, Kaiwera, Kelso, Maitland, Mandeville, Mataura, Pukerau, Riversdale, Tapanui, Waikaia, Waikaka, Waipahi, Wendon, Wendon Valley, Wyndham and everything in between.
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.
|Tuesday 3 July||NZSG Taupo Conference - Roger Washbourne, NZSG Councillor|
|Tuesday 7 August||Bruce Cavanagh - Heritage Workings|
|Tuesday 4 September||Discovery Night - Ancestry.com - Members Only|
|Tuesday 2 October||Mark McGregor - Masonic Lodge Records|
|Tuesday 7 November||Elaine Scott - Gore Cemetery Tour|
|Tuesday 4 December||Christmas Gathering
|Saturday 2 February||Gore A & P Show|
|Tuesday 5 February||Roberta Lauraman - Otago Goldfields Trust|
|Tuesday 5 March||Tom & Karen Chesley - LDS Records|
|Saturday 9 March||Open Day
- Featuring Heather Bray
11 am - Researching your Female Line
1.30 pm - Irish Research
|Tuesday 2 April||Brenda Whiteman - Colonial Books|
|Tuesday 7 May||Lloyd Esler - Southland Records for Genealogy|
|Tuesday 4 June||AGM|
|Tuesday 2 July||Treasure Hunt|
|Coming Up||Avis McDonald - New Zealand BMD Certificates|
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.