I had the pleasure of attending a presentation on Wednesday last By Dr Jo Appleby on digging up Richard III and the work done on extracting the DNA and then the work on determining possible descendants so the identification of the skeleton that was found could occur. Dr Appleby is also talking each day at the New Zealand Family History Fair. A great presentation not to be missed! She really is an engaging and interesting speaker.
Then there were a further three presentations, one on the New Zealand Fencibles which was very interesting as it was a new topic to me.
I gave my presentation on Using DNA to Solve Genealogical Puzzles which was well received and then Cassie Mercer of Inside History magazine gave a presentation on How to get your Family History stories published in magazines and newspapers.
I was talking to Seonaid Lewis who told me the Library was doing 71 family history events throughout August! That is a fantastic number of presentations.
Their stand contained a plethora of useful things! They are obviously strongly committed to family history research!
A lot of time must have has gone into the development of these guides.
This was a particularly nice display. This display relates to a photograph album that was found. So far no-one has been able to identify the owner. There are a range of lovely photographs within the album and the library staff have done some research and are hoping that someone coming to the fair may have further information about the album.
The other lovely thing the library does in the Lock-In where you get locked in the Library at closing time and can research all night. There are staff on hand to help you with your research and Seonaid also said that some people from the New Zealand Society of Genealogists attend to also help.
The next one is occurring 31st August, cost is $60 for which you also get fed nibbles and then pizza at midnight as well as the opportunity to devote time to research with some helpful experts on hand.