Uncover your Family Story – Ōtaki Family History Expo

JL16_Family-History-Expo-2016_Hall_FA successful research day for visitors and presenters

The weather didn’t look promising on the Saturday morning as the final touches were being made for the Family History Expo held at the Memorial Hall. But any worries were unnecessary, as the rain didn’t stop visitors coming to the event on 28th May.

Instead the hall was humming with visitors the whole day, the presentations by research specialists were well attended and the Generations Pop-up Café proved to be a hit for all.

Over 120 people came to find out how to either begin their family research, get help to break down brick walls, or just delve deeper into their research. About 70% came from Ōtaki, the Kapiti Coast and Horowhenua plus many from the Wellington Region.

Members from other genealogy groups came from as far away as Napier, Whanganui and Palmerston North.

Specialists from as far as Te Puke and Hamilton came at the invitation of the Ōtaki Branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists to make the event attractive to the community. Ancestry, FamilySearch, specialists in Austalian, Scottish, Irish and English history and Whakapapa researchers were on hand as well as members from the Ōtaki Group.

A one-day event in lieu of the usual August open days proved to be the right decision, encouraging the branch to run repeats at two-yearly intervals.