GenTraveling to New Zealand

Hello GenTravelers! Or I could say: Tena koutou {hello} WhakapapaTravelers!

If your family is from New Zealand and you’re just starting out, here is a link to a great source: Whakapapa for Beginners.

And for more advanced online research: surprise, surprise!…the best resources are FamilySearch, FindMyPast and Ancestry!

But the BEST idea (in my opinion) is to plan a trip to where your ancestors actually lived! Perhaps plan to go in person to these archives:

Archives of New Zealand (Located in Wellington, with regional offices in Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin).

National Library of New Zealand  (as well as local libraries, of course!)

AND, my favorite: Societies! Check out these:

New Zealand Society of Genealogists

The New Zealand Historical Association

Family History Society of New Zealand

Kiwis have such rich cultural traditions and what a fantastic place to go GenTraveling!!

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So, are you planning your GenTraveling yet? Where do you plan to go? Be sure to share your GenTraveling Bucket list on our Bucket List Page.  GenTraveling: It’s the Real Deal Thrill!

GenTraveling – New Zealand & Switzerland

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I read an amazingly incredible GenTraveling story in a news article recently: A young girl travels to New Zealand and meets up with a cousin that her uncle had contacted about family history, then a few years later unknowingly sits right next to this man’s brother on a train in Switzerland!  What are the odds???  My version of the story is obviously lacking many important details.  Go read the full article HERE.

I’m such a sucker for genealogical serendipity!  If you come across any other articles, be sure to send the links my way, ok? Thanks a million!