Pre­pare to be in­fected with the ge­neal­ogy bug

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Jan Gow QSM, a well known per­son­al­ity through­out the ge­neal­ogy com­mu­nity, is com­ing to Mata­mata this Satur­day.

Gow started her re­search in the Fam­ily His­tory Li­brary in Salt Lake City in 1981 where she ar­rived with no prepa­ra­tion, very lit­tle in­for­ma­tion and not a clue what to do.

Three days there and she was hooked on ge­neal­ogy.

Over the next few years, Gow was trea­surer, then pres­i­dent of the New Zealand So­ci­ety of Ge­neal­o­gists (NZSG).

She started St He­liers and Pan­mure branches, tu­tored fam­ily his­tory re­search at com­mu­nity col­leges and the NZSG, has been owner of Bee­hive Books ( ge­neal­ogy book shop) since 1987 and chief ex­ec­u­tive of Hooked on Ge­neal­ogy Tours (1992) to name a few.

She was awarded a Queen’s Ser­vice Medal in 2012 for ser­vices to ge­neal­ogy and was made a Fel­low of the So­ci­ety of Ge­neal­o­gists, Lon­don 2012.

Gow loves in­fect­ing oth­ers with the ge­neal­ogy al­lergy.

Gow’s topics for the day in­clude: How to Find the Roots and Fruits of Your Fam­ily Tree, Check­ing the Big 5, and Humpty Dumpty and Brick Walls.

All lev­els of re­searchers are be­ing catered for from new­bies to very ex­pe­ri­enced ‘‘ge­nies’’.

Please re­fer to the pub­lic notices for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Chris­tine Young by phon­ing 888 8327 or email mata­mata­ge­neal­ogy@ gmail. com.

Jan Gow

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