Around 10,000 people attended the recent New Zealand Family History Fair held in Auckland in early August. The three day event is organised bi-annually by the New Zealand Society of Genealogists and brings together from all over New Zealand, genealogists, family historians, schools and interested public to learn more from the exhibitors and guest speakers who provide information on family and military history.
Once again the National Army Museum’s Kippenberger Research Library exhibit proved very popular at the event with family researchers wanting assistance to find or to help ‘fill in the gaps’ of their family who had served in the wars. The Museum’s Research Library has become more and more popular in recent years with the growing interest in those wanting to trace their military family history and the increasing accessibility of research tools. The Kippenberger Research Library can assist the public with all sorts of military history enquiries and specialises in those tracing family members who served in any war from the South African Anglo Boer War, World War One, World War Two and beyond.
The Museum’s Director Jeanette Richardson ONZM was also a guest speaker at the event talking about “First Capital”, Okaito in the far north, which is also the title of her latest book. The next Family History Fair is scheduled to be held in 2015.
Take a look at some of the NZ military history & research facilities available at the National Army Museum.