Family history researchers keen to show off what they do
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,’’
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.
Photo: NICOLA STEWART