Family History Month

Family History Month is observed annually during the month of August across New Zealand and Australia. It's a time to reflect on our roots and celebrate our unique histories and identities.

Apart from a range of special events held all over New Zealand, it's an opportunity to showcase the significant resources that are available to researchers of family history.

The Family Research Centre will be focussing on a different topic each day in August. Download a printable copy of the calendar.

These are some of the events being held in August 2022. Also check the Events Calendar for local branch meetings

Te Kuiti Branch Open Events

3 August, 10am - 2pm, back room Te Kuiti Museum and 17 August, 5.30pm - 8pm, rear of Te Kuiti Museum. 

Te Puke Museum Collection Open Day

3 and 17 August, 11am to 3pm at the Te Puke Library and Service Centre. 

Auckland Family History Expo

12-14 August 2022, Fickling Centre, 546 Mt Albert Rd, Three Kings.

  • Friday 12 August 2022: Opening event $22 per person to cover catering expenses.
  • Saturday 13 August 2022: Free entrance for all.
  • Sunday 14 August 2022: Free entrance for all.

Take advantage of our free seminars, from beginner to advanced, computer-based tutorials, ask-an-expert sessions and research assistance on Saturday 13 August and Sunday 14 August. No booking required. Bring your laptops to take full advantage of the workshops and tutorials.

Check out the full programme.

Christchurch Family History Expo

19-21 August 2022, Turanga, Cathedral Square, Christchurch.

The Expo opens on the evening of Friday 19 August with a welcome function (ticket only), then continues across Saturday and Sunday with a range of talks and workshops by genealogists, local and family history enthusiasts, and international experts in family history research. There will also be information stands and displays in our exhibition space during the weekend.

The sessions on Saturday and Sunday are free to attend, but bookings are required for the workshops as there will be limited places. See full details.

South Waikato Branch Drop-in Day

20 August 2022, 10.30am - 2.30pm, St Mark's Hall. 

Wellington Area NZSG Branches Workshop

Back to Basics Workshop - learn how to search for your family history. 20 August 2022, 10 am - 4 pm, Performing Arts Studio, Pataka, Cnr Norrie and Parumoana Streets, Porirua. Free entry. 


  • Panel on what program to use to store your family tree
  • Steve Watters from Te Ara
  • Joan McCracken from National Library NZ on PapersPast and Digital NZ
  • Helen Hawkins - The Jillet family of Titahi Bay

Oamaru Branch Open Day

20 August 2022, 10 am - 2pm, St Paul's Lounge, Coquet Street East, Oamaru

Dunedin Branch Educational Seminar

21 August 2022, 10.30am - 3.30pm, Dunedin Public Library, 230 Moray Place, Dunedin. 

One-day seminar with Heather Bray covering:

  • Civil registration worldwide
  • will you be your descendants brick wall?
  • potpourri of genealogy covering
  • Q&A time

$10 for non-branch members. Bring your own lunch, refreshments supplied. 

Email your intentions of attendance to more.

Online Presentation

Mistakes I Have Made

Tuesday, 30 August at 7pm via Teams. NZSG Chairperson Sarah Hewitt is going to share five of the mistakes she has made doing her genealogical research (we don't have time for more!). Have you made them too?  Come along and find out! A Teams link will be made available on the day.

For August events happening at our Branches and Interest Groups see the Events Calendar.



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