Hutt Valley Genealogy Branch :: Previous Meetings

Previous Meetings and Events - 2019

Please note: For a more detailed speaker review, refer to the Branch 'News & Views' published in the subsequent month.

February March April May June July August September October November December
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Thursday
14 February 2019

7:30pm

'Genealogy on the Cheap' - Doug Miller

Doug provided a really useful list of ways and means and sources for doing Genealogy research without spending mega-bucks.

Thursday
21 February 2019

10:00am

'Genealogy on the Cheap' - Doug Miller

Doug provided a really useful list of ways and means and sources for doing Genealogy research without spending mega-bucks.

Sunday
3 March 2019

12 noon - 3pm

'Hutt City Libraries Family History Open Day'

Venue: Heritage Centre, Petone Library

[1] 12 noon - 'Ancestry.com Workshop' - Tricia Meehan

Learning how to navigate Ancestry.com with the library's Family History Specialist Tricia Meehan.

[2] 1pm - 3pm - 'Family & Military History Help'

Jeffrey Russell was available to help you understand your military records.

Our Hutt Valley Branch Heritage Library volunteers were also there to assist you with your family research.

Thursday
14 March 2019

7:30pm

[1] Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM)

The motion that was put at the brief EGM at the beginning of this evening meeting was:
    That the Hutt Valley Branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists, having previously adopted as its own rules the rules of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists Inc., now adopt the subsequent partial amendment to those rules as registered on 26 September 2018.
Carried.

[2] 'Burials on Matiu/Somes Island 1872-1919' - Gail Rumble

Matiu Somes Island

Gail gave an interesting talk with background family histories of many of the burials on Matiu/Somes Island.  Some quite sad stories amongst them, too.

Thursday
21 March 2019

10:00am

'Burials on Matiu/Somes Island 1872-1919' - Gail Rumble

Gail gave an interesting talk with background family histories of many of the burials on Matiu/Somes Island.  Some quite sad stories amongst them, too.

Thursday
11 April 2019

7:30pm

'Managing your Personal Digital Archives' - Flora Feltham, Digital Archivist, National Library

Thursday
18 April 2019

10:00am

'Suffrage 125; Lower Hutt Women in WW1' - Jeffrey Russell, Community Library Manager, Moera

This presentation was about three women with Lower Hutt connections concentrating on their lives overseas during World War One.


This meeting was coordinated by Jennifer Flynn and Claude Polsen.

Thursday
9 May 2019

AGM

7:30pm

[1] Annual General Meeting

See Annual General Meeting - reports webpage.

True to Ireland by Peter Burke

[2] Speaker after the AGM:
'True to Ireland - Irish Conscription in New Zealand' - Peter Burke, author

Peter Burke talked about the background to his book, True to Ireland.

The book tells the story of a group of 155 Irishmen living in New Zealand in WWII who refused to be conscripted into the armed forces.

For Peter Burke, this is a deeply personal story because his father was one of the leaders of a group set up to persuade the government to allow the men to stay in New Zealand but not serve in the army.

This is the untold story about a group of brave patriotic Irishmen.

Thursday
16 May 2019

10:00am

'Putting Flesh on the Bones of your Research' - Dianne Fraser

Dianne's research was based mainly on Queensland, Australia.

Thursday
13 June 2019

7:30pm

'Putting Flesh on the Bones of your Research' - Dianne Fraser

Dianne's research was based mainly on Queensland, Australia.

Thursday
20 June 2019

10:00am

'Petone West School : gone but not forgotten 1909-1983' - Beryl Harris

'Petone West School : gone but not forgotten 1909-1983' - Beryl Harris

An old leather strap and other memorabilia evoked many memories for those present at this meeting.

Beryl, a pupil there between 1939 and 1948 was one of the organizers of the 100year reunion in 2009 although the school was closed in 1983.

Beryl’s book documents the experiences of the children at the school during those times.

In the early 1990's one of the old buildings was cut up in to eight pieces and transported along Jackson St, through Alicetown and Lower Hutt, over the Melling Bridge, and up Tirohanga Rd to the Rudolf Steiner School in Matuhi St, where it was re-assembled.  It is still in use and still known as Petone West.

Thursday
11 July 2019

7:30pm

Members: your finds or treasures that have helped further your family history.

Bring along your items for show and tell, or simply tell us about them.  The Computer/Projector will be available.

Some of the items shown and talked about over the two meetings included: published books of family surname research, photo albums, photo(s) of family members who had been hard to research or yet to be researched, reprints of poetry published by a family member, tray cloth with embroided names of descendants of a loved family member, bible with an unusual promise.

Thursday
18 July 2019

10:00am

Members: your finds or treasures that have helped further your family history.

Bring along your items for show and tell, or simply tell us about them.  The Computer/Projector will be available.

Some of the items shown and talked about over the two meetings included: published books of family surname research, photo albums, photo(s) of family members who had been hard to research or yet to be researched, reprints of poetry published by a family member, tray cloth with embroided names of descendants of a loved family member, bible with an unusual promise.

8 August 2019
and
15 August 2019

cancelled

The committee regret to advise that both branch meetings for August were cancelled due to the late cancellation of our guest speaker.

Saturday
24 August 2019
9.30am to 4.00pm

'Wellington Family History Open Day'

The Hutt Valley Branch hosted the NZSG Combined Wellington Branches Family History Open Day this year.

The Open Day included a programme of excellent speakers, and a research hall with help desks and other exhibits.  Lots of expertise was on hand to break down some 'brick walls'!

24 August 2019 - Family History - Open Day

8 - 30 September 2019

Various

Hutt Valley Development Scheme

'Heritage in the Hutt 2019'

Lower Hutt's month celebrating Heritage, starts Sunday 8 September running until Monday 30 September.

This year examined the history of our city's architecture, industry, environment and social history with exhibitions, talks and tours to learn about how our community started.

Exhibitions highlighted early town planners' work to design unique suburbs in Lower Hutt.  These innovative thinkers gave our communities their distinctive curved roads, community centres and parks.

Thursday
12 September 2019

7:30pm

Breaking through brickwalls

'Breaking Down Brick Walls'- Bring your questions to the meeting.

Refer to this excellent document:
Are You Your Own Brick Wall?

Excellent range of queries, with attendees providing helpful suggestions to fellow researchers.

Thursday
19 September 2019

10:00am

Researching

'Research Morning' - Bring your laptops, internet available.

Members brought laptops, but unfortunately, there were a few glitches with our connection to the libraries WIFI.  However, some helpful research was done.

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