Finding Elusive Ancestors with Michelle Patient
When: 3.30pm – 5.30pm, Tuesday 11 October
Where: Central City Library, Whare Wānanga, Level 2
Booking: All welcome. To ensure your place, please contact the Central Auckland Research Centre on 09 890 2412, or complete our online booking form.
Are some of your ancestors more elusive to find than others? Why not come along to an afternoon session discussing how understanding the background and distribution of a surname might help further your research. Also come to hear tips, tricks and research strategies designed to break through your brick-walls.
Presented by the Guild of One Name Studies New Zealand Representative – Michelle Patient (aka @patientgenie).
Then light refreshments at 5.30pm
The event is not yet on official Auckland library website, so please book at
Then at 6.30pm:
Family History & DNA – the Science of Identity with Brad Argent, Ancestry and Dr Carla Houkamau, UoA
Bridging the tension between cultural and genetic histories.
A sense of identity is usually formed over time by memetic (or cultural) history, while revelations of genetic identity often happen in an instant. DNA tests can reveal multiple stories at play, creating a dichotomy where cultural histories conflict with genetic background.
Dr Carla Houkamau from the University of Auckland (Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Porou), and family historian as well as Ancestry international spokesperson, Brad Argent, will explore the concept of identity, and what it means to be a contemporary New Zealander in an increasingly multicultural society.
• Dr Carla Houkamau, Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland
• Brad Argent, Family Historian & International Spokesperson, Ancestry
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