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COVID-19 Update

In the wake of Covid-19 difficulties in hosting a live event, we are currently restructuring FHDU 2021 for a virtual event.

Sadly, the ongoing COVID-19 saga has caught up with FHDU 2021. We have reluctantly decided to change our in-person event into a fully virtual online event instead. We were all looking forward to a real, live, in-person event. Unfortunately, that is not to be.

But this gives us the opportunity to significantly re-format FHDU 2021. We are looking at this as a positive opportunity. We can now bring a significantly more valuable event to people around the globe.

Seonaid Lewis

New Zealand

Seonaid (Shona) Lewis (nee Harvey) has worked as the family history librarian for Research Central, Auckland Libraries for 11 years. She has been researching her own family history for about 25 years, and her maternal line is predominately Scottish, and her paternal line is from Newfoundland, England and Ireland

Seonaid (Shona) Lewis has a degree in Information and Library Studies, a Diploma in Records and Information Management and is a registered library and information professional (RLIANZA) with the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA). Seonaid is also a member of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists.

Seonaid has worked as a senior research librarian (family history) in Research Central, Auckland Libraries for 11 years. She proudly manages a large diverse international family history collection and is a regular speaker to library audiences and further afield. She has spoken at both library and family history conferences, including AFFHO.

Seonaid also organises social, local and family history events for Auckland Libraries, including their popular Heritage Talks, many of which are recorded and can be found as podcasts on sites like Soundcloud, or videos which can be found on Auckland Libraries’ YouTube Channel.

Seonaid is also chair of the Auckland Family History Expo committee which Auckland Libraries’ co-hosts with the Genealogical Computing Group annually (a special interest group of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists).The Expo will be held again this year, Friday to Sunday 13-15 August.

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Researching your New Zealand family connections online
Seonaid Lewis

People from all around the world left their homes in search of a better life. Apart from those who came direct, many arrived In New Zealand having tried out Canada, the US, South Africa or Australia first. Let’s take a tour through New Zealand’s resources online available to help you find that lost Kiwi connection. Sponsored by Auckland Libraries

Auckland Libraries’ online
Seonaid Lewis

From the 300-page Addresses to Sir George Grey, to the Pioneer Women's Honour Roll, the Old Colonists Association Register to the C. Little & Sons Funeral Director cards, Auckland Libraries continues to digitise all manner of items for Aucklanders to enjoy. Join family history librarian Seonaid Lewis on a tour of these treasures and learn about the stories behind them, the information held in them, and how you can access them on Kura Heritage Collections Online. Sponsored by Auckland Libraries.

Auckland Libraries’ online
Seonaid Lewis

From the 300-page Addresses to Sir George Grey, to the Pioneer Women's Honour Roll, the Old Colonists Association Register to the C. Little & Sons Funeral Director cards, Auckland Libraries continues to digitise all manner of items for Aucklanders to enjoy. Join family history librarian Seonaid Lewis on a tour of these treasures and learn about the stories behind them, the information held in them, and how you can access them on Kura Heritage Collections Online. Sponsored by Auckland Libraries.

Researching your New Zealand family connections online
Seonaid Lewis

People from all around the world left their homes in search of a better life. Apart from those who came direct, many arrived In New Zealand having tried out Canada, the US, South Africa or Australia first. Let’s take a tour through New Zealand’s resources online available to help you find that lost Kiwi connection. Sponsored by Auckland Libraries.

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