Libraries  |  16 Aug 2022

Ever wondered about the women in your family history that never got the attention they deserved?

How about finding out more about whakapapa research and your ancestry?

The Christchurch Family History Expo can help you uncover anything and everything about your family tree.

Hosted at Tūranga by Christchurch City Libraries in collaboration with Memories in Time there will a variety of events on between Friday 19 and Sunday 21 August.

“We’ve got a range of speakers and workshops with genealogists as well as local family history enthusiasts and experts lined up for anyone interested in finding out more about their ancestry,” Head of Libraries and Information Carolyn Robertson says.

“We’re really excited to have international genealogist Mia Bennett headlining the programme virtually with her Hidden in the Small Print webinar,” Ms Robertson says.

“She has been researching her family history for more than 25 years and will be showing us how little details can uncover a lot of extra information in your family’s history.”

There are also more than 30 events including on uncovering hidden women, family recipe books, researching air force ancestors and preserving family treasures.

“Or if you don’t have a lot of time and just want to pop into the library, there will be a display on showing how registers and other sources can provide threads of information that can be woven into a more complete family story,” Ms Robertson says.

The Hidden Women of the Cyclopedia of New Zealand evening function on Friday 19 August is by ticket only.

The sessions on Saturday and Sunday are free to attend, but bookings are required for the workshops as there will be limited places. More information on all the events and bookings here.

Image: Family Group, 1910s. Entry by Glyn Williams in the 2014 Christchurch City Libraries Photo Hunt. No known copyright.