Cer­tifi­cate recog­nises Max’s tree-men­dous work

Te Puke Times - - NEWS - By STU­ART WHI­TAKER news@tepuke­times.co.nz

It all be­gan with a cou­ple of ba­nana boxes.

In those boxes were pa­pers and other doc­u­ments that had been col­lected by two aunts. The col­lec­tion was the seed from which Max Feist grew his fam­ily tree.

His cu­rios­ity aroused, 15 years ago Max joined the New Zealand So­ci­ety of Ge­neal­o­gists’ Te Puke branch.

“Pretty much straight away I was the li­brar­ian, and that con­tin­ued for about 10 years,” he says.

He has also been the branch con­vener, trea­surer, sec­re­tary and a com­mit­tee mem­ber and is cur­rently branch au­di­tor.

Last week Max re­ceived the so­ci­ety’s branch ser­vice award in recog­ni­tion of his work.

In his time as a mem­ber, as well as car­ry­ing out a range of roles, he has traced his fam­ily on his fa­ther’s side back to his five times great-grand­fa­ther Richard Feist who was chris­tened in Sus­sex in 1741.

“I have a near-com­plete his­tory of the fam­ily right through to my grand­chil­dren,” he says.

De­spite his own re­search and that of a rel­a­tive in Dunedin, the

I have a nearcom­plete his­tory of the fam­ily right through to grand­chil­dren.’ my

mists of time have shrouded the iden­ti­ties of rel­a­tives prior to 1741. Re­search has been com­pli­cated by the fact that there are around 20 dif­fer­ent vari­a­tions on the spell­ing of Feist.

“I think I am get­ting to the stage of be­ing close to fin­ish­ing,” says Max. But far from that be­ing the end of his in­ter­est in ge­neal­ogy, he in­tends to be­gin trac­ing his mother’s fam­ily.

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