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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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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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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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 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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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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Organise Your Whakapapa

After a time you would have collected papers, photos, notes, weblinks and digital content and one day you will want to find something and spend alot of time hunting for it. There is not one system that works best so here are some ideas on how to organise your whakapapa.

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Set Google Alert For Whakapapa

If you do the same search on Google every now and again to see what is new for the whakapapa you are researching, there is a far better way to do it and that is by setting up a Google Alert. A Google Alert is exactly that – the system

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Video Pt 5 – Tracing Back Using the FamilySearch Site

The Whakapapa Club are producing a video series of researching your whakapapa online. In part 5 we show you how to trace back whakapapa through the FamilySearch Site.  Below the video is a transcript which has links to places mentioned in the video. Transcript: Kia ora and welcome to the

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Video Pt 4 – Basic Search Tips for the FamilySearch Site

The Whakapapa Club are producing a video series of researching your whakapapa online. In part 4 we show you basic search tips you can use at the FamilySearch Site.  Below the video is a transcript which has links to places mentioned in the video. Transcript: Kia ora and welcome to

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Video Pt 3 – How to do a Surname Search on Google

The Whakapapa Club are producing a video series of researching your whakapapa online. In part 3 we look at how to do a whakapapa surname search on Google and get relevant results.  Below the video is a transcript which has links to places mentioned in the video. Transcript: Kia ora

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Video Pt 2 – How to do a Whakapapa Search on Google

The Whakapapa Club are producing a video series of researching your whakapapa online. In part 2 we look at how to do a whakapapa search on Google and get relevant results.  Below the video is a transcript which has links to places mentioned in the video. Transcript: Kia ora and

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Advanced Whakapapa Search on the Net

When you are new to whakapapa knowing what websites to search can be hard.  That is why we have designed a whakapapa search form that will create searches for 18 of the the main genealogy sites that may have whakapapa, including an advanced search on Google. For some sites it

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