North Shore Times : January 11th 2013
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Office Hours: 8.30am -- 5pm P.O. Box 33235. www.northshoretimes.co.nz Genealogy bug bites By GILL ALCOCK Family history: Putting names to faces in old photos can be one of the reasons to start researching a family genealogy. Pictured are historic photos of Gill Alcock's family. What sparks the interest in a family's history is often a mystery but for many it's the death of a parent. Suddenly knowing there is no one to ask creates an urgency to discover where the fam- ily has come from. Once started it is easy for the desire to research your heritage to become an obsession. Nowadays it is so easy to find out. The internet has brought a thousand parish churches, records offices and census returns to the eager researcher's fingertips and computer screens. From the comfort of the sofa, an amateur genealogist can discover the history of their fam- ily in a matter of weeks. To begin the family tree, the researcher should gather together everything already in existence -- birth, mar- riage and death certi- ficates, photos, letters, documents, family bibles and heirlooms. A rummage through the attic or basement should be followed by a catch up with any living relatives to see if they have any information or documents that can be shared. Talking with them can reveal many a previously unknown important nug- get--notjustanameor date but also professions, immigration details and war records. Starting with infor- mation about the immediate family, begin to draw up a family tree diagram. Remember to put yourself at the bot- tom with brothers and sisters alongside then parents above and grandparents above them. The tree gives a good overview of the family from which to research further back, and other family surnames will begin to appear. Initially it is easier to keep to one surname and see how far back you can go.This is where the internet becomes very useful. There are plenty of sites operating to help keen amateur geneal- ogists trace their history. Most cost money to join but there are records still available for free. Given the amount of time it saves and how much you will use them, paying an annual sub- scription to a site like ancestry.com can be well worth it. A quality everyone needs at this stage is patience, especially if you have a common sur- name. The more information you have about a person, the narrower the search base. A middle name, place and date of birth can make a huge difference. But be warned: When interesting pieces of fam- ily history emerge, the temptation to visit the places where members of the family have lived can become overwhelming. Expect to start plan- ning trips to cemeteries, churches, schools and even other countries. Remember to check spelling variations as census returns in par- ticular are notorious for misspelling names. When you have reach- ed as far back as you can on one surname, it's time to choose another, and to start again. Project makes waves overseas FROM Page 1 If you were in a small boat you could have rid- den out some of the waves,'' he said. The files never revealed the intended target, but Mr Laing said they all guessed it was for Japan. At Whangaparaoa, Seal had a fenced-off compound holding a large dam in a gully. While everyone else watched from safe posi- tions, Mr Laing would walk along a platform built out into the dam, set off the explosive -- and run. Seal was probably the biggest war research project New Zealand undertook, with 31 scientists and tech- nicians from the Depart- ment of Scientific and Industrial Research, who were made honor- ary officers of the NZ Army Engineers. They were ordered to bring their own slide rules and graph paper. But DSIR head Dr Ernest Marsden was appalled and had it closed down in January 1945.
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