Fam­ily his­tory re­searchers keen to show off what they do

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Au­gust is Fam­ily His­tory Month.

This year mem­bers of the Mata­mata Branch of the New Zealand So­ci­ety of Ge­neal­o­gists would like to reach out to the community to en­cour­age oth­ers to take up this ab­sorb­ing hobby.

On both Au­gust 16 and Au­gust 18 the Mata­mata ge­neal­o­gists will be invit­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic to come to two branch events to see if they would like to cel­e­brate their own fam­ily’s his­tory and learn ways and tech­niques to bring their own fam­ily his­tory to life.

On Au­gust 16 the Mata­mata branch is open­ing its 7.30pm meet­ing night at the Angli­can Parish Lounge, for mem­bers of the pub­lic to hear guest speaker Brett Robin­son speak about com­puter soft­ware used by de­tec­tives.

On Au­gust 18 the branch re­search af­ter­noon in the Mata­mata Pub­lic Li­brary will be opened to non-mem­bers to see what the branch can of­fer peo­ple look­ing into their fam­ily his­tory.

‘‘Ge­neal­ogy is one of the world’s fastest-grow­ing hob­bies, as­sisted greatly by the use of the in­ter­net,’’

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con­venor Sandi Mata­mata ling said.

‘‘If you want to be­come your fam­ily de­tec­tive, col­late the in­for­ma­tion you al­ready have or just want to come along and check us out then these Au­gust meet­ings are your chance.’’

For more in­for­ma­tion please contact Sandi Halling on 888 9400 or Max­ine Vig­gers on 888 1656.

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Photo: NI­COLA STE­WART

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