No dead ends for the ge­neal­o­gists

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Only fel­low ge­neal­o­gists would see the merit of spend­ing part of an endof-year cel­e­bra­tion in a ceme­tery.

But that’s where the Far North Branch of the New Zealand So­ci­ety of Ge­neal­o­gists ended up af­ter co-con­vener Pauline Tem­ple­man set them a quiz based on in­for­ma­tion she had pre­vi­ously gath­ered from the St Saviour’s ceme­tery and the Re­turned Ser­vices sec­tion of the Kaitaia pub­lic cem- etery.

Mem­bers were in­trigued to dis­cover rep­re­sen­ta­tion from many branches of the mil­i­tary, in­clud­ing the Ma¯ori Pi­o­neer Bat­tal­ion, Welsh Mounted Bri­gade, NZ Women’s Aux­il­iary Corps, Vet­eri­nary Corps, Royal Marines, some South Is­land reg­i­ments, the In­dian Army and even the 7th Aus­tralian Divi­sion.

The B team dis­cov­ered that speed and greater num­bers did not nec­es­sar­ily equate ac­cu­racy of in­for­ma­tion, even if it matched the an­swers Pauline later gave them. The A team avoided as­sump­tions, and read all the in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing the ques­tion, care­fully.

The plaque at the front of St Saviour’s Angli­can Church pro­vided the in­for­ma­tion to es­tab­lish how many women signed the Treaty of Wai­tangi there on April 28, 1840, but nei­ther the B team nor Pauline read the fine print with suf­fi­cient care.

The A team felt they had the ad­van­tage when they pointed out that if a hus­band came from Devon did not mean that his wife did too.

A Christ­mas lun­cheon was pro­vided by the com­mit­tee, and mem­bers learned to take more care with their ge­nealog­i­cal re­search, and to stick to the facts.

Gaye Simms won the first prize for best dec­o­rated Christ­mas hat, with Leena Tay­lor run­ner-up.

The branch will re­con­vene on Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 9, in the Kauri Room at Far North REAP, Puckey Ave Kaitaia, vis­i­tors wel­come.

For more in­for­ma­tion phone Leoni on (09) 406-7557 or email farnorthnz­[email protected], or check out the Far North Branch of the New Zealand So­ci­ety of Ge­neal­o­gists’ Face­book page.


Ge­neal­o­gists Tony Gille­spie, Pam Roughton, Heather Rogers and Mar­garet Ellis search­ing for an­swers to a quiz in the St Saviour’s ceme­tery in Kaitaia.

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