In early August this year the New Zealand Society of Genealogists ran a huge Family History Fair in Manukau, Auckland. The event hosted many international vendors, including Ancestry.com and FamilySearch. It was a great success but as many genealogists from other parts of the country were unable to attend, the society organised a ‘post-fair’ tour with Diane Loosle, the Genealogical Services Director at FamilySearch USA.
Diane has toured the country over the last two weeks, and Palmerston North was included in her busy itinerary. The City Library hosted a large turnout of genealogists from all over the region, who drove down, up and sideways to the library to collect tips for getting the most out of searching the FamilySearch database during their research.
Diane was introduced by Michelle Patient – the president of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists – who gave us a recap on the Auckland Fair and warmed up the well traveled crowd with tales from the society and a few free gifts as well! Diane then took us through some surprising elements of the FamilySearch database interface. For example, did you know you can now find New Zealand Probate records on Family Search? Also, it can be a good idea to search through the beta site of Family Search to get a sneak peak at upcoming data sets.
The Palmerston North City Library was honoured to host Diane, as well as Michelle Patient (The President of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists) and Mike Higgins (Area Manager at FamilySearch NZ). The large turnout to hear Diane speak was testament to the power and continued interest in genealogical research in the region.