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Mary’s Story

A number of years ago my mother was very interested in her family tree and spent some time tracing her relatives here in New Zealand. Her great grandparents, immigrants from England and Ireland, had all settled in the South Island of New Zealand, but her parents had...

They adopted a child

My nana was a difficult woman. She fell in and out with those around her, including her two daughters-in-law, so that they never really knew where they stood with her. She was very popular with her seven granddaughters though, as she sewed and knitted amazing dolls...

From the Gorbals to Auckland via Scutari

My favourite ancestor and the one I would most like to meet, is my great great grandmother Ann Alison Corbett. From the information I have been able to find, her life was at least interesting and quite possibly exciting, but she also faced more than her share of...

An Unexpected Outcome

How Chris’ search for her family solved the mystery of a long lost father. My Great-great-grandfather Henry Thomas Hickton was born in Warwick in 1826 and killed in the Crimean War in 1855. He had one brother Samuel Hickton born Stratford-Upon-Avon in 1828....

Research Guide: New Zealand

June 2009Research Guide: Australia Research Guide: New Zealand New Holland to Australis First, Second and Third Fleet Ancestors The Explorer’s Soul The Dunera Boys Cowra The Thorn family of Ipswich, Queensland Gold, Glorious Gold! We Wuz Ten Pound Poms Click Go...