ANZAC Day 2015
Information about the commemoration service at Maungakaramea:
Maungakaramea Anzac Day Service - there will be a service held in Maungakaramea on Saturday April 25. Assemble at Maungakaramea Sports Club at 10.30 am; the Sports club will be open for light refreshments and food after the service. This year we commemorate the centenary of the ANZAC landings on Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. Everyone is welcome and we look forward to getting together as a community and sharing this day. It is a day for young and old to come together and remember the sacrifice made by these brave men who served our country.
Anyone who would like to have some input into the service, or would like to assist in any way, please contact Julie Mokaraka on 432-3573 or 021-323-573
At assembly on Thursday Katelyn mentioned about searching for family members and ancestors affected by war. Here is the list of websites she has researched, which she offers as a starting point for your search.
Here are some websites you can use:
http://www.ancestry.com/ This one is the best but it costs several hundred dollars for a year subscription. However - Whangarei library has a subscription in their genealogy room. It also has DNA testing and family tree makers which other members can access. This is useful for research and coming in contact with family members.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/gramps/ Family tree software. Free and helps with cataloguing research. Probably not for new users - it’s quite complex. Also has open source code if you’re into programming.
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi Online family database.
https://bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/Home/ Look up birthdays or deaths. Useful in finding parents and ages. You have to pay to order documents though.
http://www.wdc.govt.nz/FacilitiesandRecreation/Cemeteries/Pages/CemeteryDatabaseSearch.aspx Whangarei Cemetery database. Use this to find where relatives are buried and go take pictures of their gravestones. As creepy as this sounds - the pictures can become quite useful.
Try parish records for England - people had to register births to pay taxes.
Ask grandparents, great aunts, uncles as soon as possible. You may never know when you lose the chance to discover something valuable. Family history is important as it not only allows you discover your family’s history - but you discover who you are too.