FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH, boosted by computers and the Internet, has become one of our most popular hobbies. Thousands of Kiwis are afflicted by the bug – researching their wider families; joining family history societies; digging around libraries, archives and museums; and spending countless hours in front of computers checking out ancestors, lives and times, from Bluff to Birmingham and beyond.
For some people, research is the main point of it all. They publish very little, but enjoy many years of fascinating detective work and social interaction. For other people, research is the means to an end product: a book. Or at least a booklet or two.
John MacGibbon is a professional writer and publisher who produced one of New Zealand’s biggest-selling family history books: Going Abroad. Widely praised, it was described in one review by Otago University history professor Tom Brooking as "showing other family historians how it should be done."
Your Family's History passes on valuable tips and strategies gleaned from John’s personal research, writing and publishing journey, as well as his work with other authors. It is expanded from talks he gave at the National Library of New Zealand in 2009 and Otago University in 2011.
•11,000 words, 40 pages, A5, price NZ$15 plus postage.
NOW IN A THIRD REVISED 2011 EDITION
"The book is superb."
Heather Bray, convenor, Dunedin Family History Group and regular
presenter at genealogy courses.
"An excellent how-to in quick, easy summary style." Mrs Joy Green, Oamaru
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