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Start with your self then work back to your mum then her mum and so on.
Do the same with your dad's line and go as far back as you can.
Just rember that each time you go back a generation each parent can be x by 2.
This is how your tree will grow.
When looking for other's for help,it's a good idea to give them clues where your Tupuna may have come from if known,
what they did for a living is all so help full.
Ask your living elders is not a bad idea.
Try all your cousins if they are known.
Try elders from the Marae that you come from is also a good start.
Did you parent have a Govt job if yes there will be a hord of storage in the archives some where.
In time you my start to make a picture,and this will start to show you the leads.
Try nominating one tupuna (not too far back - maybe a grandparent or great grand parent, and someone who you've heard stories about so that even though you may not have known him/her, that person is familiar to you or you have some knowledge about that person). You might try obtaining a copy of their death certificate for further details, check the 1907 Maori electoral roll (held at some public libraries), or search Maori Land Court records (MLC staff deal with researchers all the time and they're very helpful). This will get you started cause from that one person you'll then be able to go further back.
Kia ora Tarami,
[quote]check the 1907 Maori electoral roll (held at some public libraries)[/quote]
Now that is something I have never thought of - kia ora for this important resource idea - it is much appreciated! 🙂
Nau te raurau,
Naku te raurau,
Ka ora ai nga tangata!
Together we will get there!