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2011 Trans-Tasman Anzac Day blog challenge review

Another Anzac Day has been and gone, and our desire to remember our people who served in the Wars doesn't seem to be waning.

With much pride, I watched my 10-year old twin daughters parade with their Cub Scout Pack at the citizens Anzac commemoration in Browns Bay. It was a cold wet morning, and despite this, there were just as many people of all ages this year, as there have been in previous years' when it was fine and dry.

At the end of March, Twigs of Yore blogger, Shelley, and myself, issued a Trans-Tasman Anzac Day Blog Challenge to get people to share their stories of their loved ones and their sacrifices.

Like the Anzac Day parade, I was humbled to see how many people wanted to pay tribute and remember their family members. Naturally, most bloggers were Aussies or Kiwis, but we also had bloggers from UK and the US, sharing their family stories of their own Anzacs.

Not all the stories are of Kiwis or Aussies who died during one of the Wars. Some of the stories are of su…

2011 Trans-Tasman ANZAC Day blog challenge

It started with Shelley from Twigs of Yore issuing a blog challenge for Australian researchers in celebration of Australia Day.

Here at the Central Auckland Research Centre at Auckland Libraries, we loved the idea and thought that we could be just as successful with a blog challenge for Waitangi Day. We had loads of international response, with people blogging about their New Zealand early settler ancestor from as far away as UK and the US and as close as NZ and Australia!

This time, it is a joint challenge with our Digger mates from across the Ditch.

Australians and New Zealanders know ANZAC Day - 25 April - as a national day of remembrance for Australian and New Zealanders who died at war.

Do you have an Australian or New Zealander in your family tree who was killed in military operations? We’d like to hear about not only their sacrifice, but the way their loss shaped their family history.
To participate:Write a blog post about an Australian or New Zealander serviceman or woman’s f…

Waitangi Day blog challenge wrap-up

We put out a challenge to our family history community in celebration of Waitangi Day.

The challenge was to:
Write about:How different is our life from that of your early NZ ancestors? (settler or Maori) What stories can you tell us about their lives?  or
If you are first generation New Zealander or maybe a new Kiwi, perhaps you might like to tell us of your first impressions of New Zealand, and your experiences of settling in here; and how Kiwi traditions and culture differs from your own.  It followed the inspirational example led by our friends across the Tasman when Shelley of Twigs of Yore sent out an Australia Day blog challenge.

We were very pleased with the result, which saw eleven different people post their blogs. Some people posted about more than one of their ancestors!

The quality of the research was great, and people are obviously very passionate about their ancestors.

What impressed us the most was the interest that this raised.

Looking at the statistics of our Facebook p…

Waitangi Day blog challenge - Your earliest known ancestor

Recently our Australian cousins have all been encouraged to blog about their earliest piece of research about an Australian ancestor in celebration of Australia Day (see Shelley's blog at Twigs of Yore).

We think this is a terrific idea and have noticed that it has provoked participation from loads of people.

Waitangi Day, on February 6, is our national day.

Its intent is to celebrate a bringing together of the peoples of New Zealand and it is usually a family day. Often we spend it on the beach, or maybe have a barbecue with family and friends.

We'd like to invite you to write a blog - post the link to your blog in the discussion board on our Facebook page.

If you don't have a blog, perhaps post your story within this discussion board instead. Just click reply.

Write about:

How different is our life from that of your early NZ ancestors? (settler or Maori)What stories can you tell us about their lives?

If you are first generation New Zealander or maybe a new Kiwi, perhaps…