Whakapapa Research – Maori Land Court Minutes

The historical Maori Land Court Minutes (MLCM) (since 1865) hold a wealth of information but can be daunting if you have not used these to research whakapapa before.  The Maori Land Courts were established basically to get rid of hapu / iwi owned land and to put the land into

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How To Research Using the Maori Land Court Minutes – Part II

This is the the second part in our series How To Research Using the Maori Land Court Minutes (MLCM) and explains the process of finding information in the MLCM. Make sure you are prepared before you spend time looking through the MLCM by following the How To Research Using the Maori Land Court

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5 Basic Steps to Start Your Whakapapa Research

Here is an easy to follow guide on how to start researching your whakapapa as well as how to record it. Step 1 – Recording the Basics Download the whakapapa whanau / family group sheet – they come in a pdf for printing as well as an excel file.  You

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How to Write Your Whanau History

If you have a whakapapa program you may have alot of facts for each person, but you can also write your whanau history in more of a story format. Here’s how. We will start off with these facts – NOTE: The following example is not a known whakapapa, it has

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How to Write Your Whanau History Pt 2

If you have whanau members who died as a result of World War 1 or 2, you can still write a korero about them in a story format, telling about the war time. Gathering Information If the person was in WWI, you can download their personal file which will have

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Oral History Guide for Whakapapa Research

Recording oral histories can be a very good way of finding out information that is difficult to obtain by any other means or to confirm well known facts. You never know what people know until you start talking to them. Regardless of who you start with, you should try to

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How to Write A Whakapapa Research Plan

Once you have all of the basics for a person it then becomes a matter of working out how to find the information that is missing.  This is why it is best to have an individual research plan, else you may find that you miss looking for something, or a

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Planning a Library Whakapapa Research Trip

Public libraries hold a wealth of information and if you plan what you want to look for before you go, you can save yourself time by being prepared before hand, instead of working that out when you get there.  This kind of planning can also make the trip more successful.

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Maori and Electoral Rolls

Maori Electoral rolls are a great resource for finding information, but sadly there are not many old ones available. In 1867 four Maori seats were created and adult males over 21 years, who had at least half Maori blood were eligible to vote.  However, they did not have to be

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