Posted by Jason Reeve on July 17, 2023 in AncestryDNA

Great New Zealand Family History events coming up this August!


Auckland                                                                      Christchurch
Date: 11th August – 13th August                          Date: 18th August – 20th August
Location: Fickling Convention Centre               Location:
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Delving into our family history is a captivating journey that unravels the mysteries of our past. It provides us with a profound sense of identity, connects us with our roots, and helps us understand the stories that shaped our present. The Auckland & Christchurch Family History Expos are a must-attend event for anyone intrigued by their family history.

With a multitude of speakers and experts in attendance, these two weekend-long events are set to offer a range of experiences for genealogy enthusiasts and veterans alike.



Auckland Libraries and the Genealogical Computing Group  (an interest group of the NZ Society of Genealogists) proudly present a weekend-long event covering a wide range of topics on researching genealogy and family history.

The Auckland Family History Expo boasts a diverse program designed to cater to attendees at all levels of expertise. The event kicks off on Friday 11 August with an exclusive opening event that includes a variety of catering options, available at a nominal fee of $25 per person. This event provides an opportunity for attendees to connect with fellow enthusiasts and share their excitement for the weekend ahead.

Saturday 12 August and Sunday 13 August offer free entrance to all visitors. The expo will feature a wide range of activities, including free seminars, computer-based tutorials, ask-an-expert sessions, and research assistance. No booking is required for these sessions, allowing attendees to explore the event at their own pace. Bringing laptops is encouraged, as it will enable participants to fully engage with the workshops and tutorials.

One of the highlights of the Auckland Family History Expo is the roster of esteemed speakers. Notably, Ancestry’s Brad Argent will be sharing his expertise virtually via Zoom, offering valuable insights into genealogical research. Additionally, I am honoured to be speaking at the event, where I will delve into the importance of preserving family stories and also share some practical Ancestry tips. Local speakers from New Zealand will also be present, enriching the event with their extensive knowledge.



Mark your calendars for the highly anticipated return of the Christchurch Family History Expo, taking place from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 August 2023.

Hosted by Christchurch City Libraries, this three-day event will be a fusion of family history exploration and enjoyment. The event kicks off on Friday 18 August, designated as Beginners Day, where attendees can participate in workshops and insightful how-to sessions. On Saturday 19 August, prepare to be captivated by Speakers Day, featuring an array of experts sharing their knowledge and experiences.

Finally, on Sunday 20 August, immerse yourself in a delightful Family Fun Day, brimming with a diverse range of self-guided activities. Stay tuned for further updates and the full schedule of events, as this promises to be an unforgettable affair.



Jason Reeve

As the 'Head of Content & Community' for in Australia and New Zealand, Jason is a passionate advocate for discovering, sharing, and preserving the history of land, people and families.

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