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Michelle Leonard, keynote speaker

Opening Reception for 2021 Auckland Family History Expo

Auckland Libraries and the Genealogical Computing Group proudly present a weekend-long event covering a wide range of topics on researching genealogy and family history.

Expo Opening event

Friday 13 August, 5pm-8.30pm

5pm: Refreshments and canapes, mix and mingle

6pm: The Fromelles Genealogy Project: From WW1 Unknown Grave to 21st Century Named Grave with Michelle Leonard

In May 2008, 250 WWI soldiers were uncovered in a mass grave in France and this led to a ground-breaking project to uncover their identities via DNA testing, anthropological data and genealogical research. This presentation will tell the story of the Fromelles Project with a specific focus on how genealogical detective work helped to identify and provide named graves for many of these soldiers. It will also tell the stories of some of the fallen and give a brief explanation of how to research WW1 soldiers and trace DNA appropriate relatives.

An opportunity to ask Michelle questions after her talk.

7pm: Family History Fridays LIVE! with Jason Reeve (Ancestry AU & NZ – platinum sponsor), and Talking Family History’s Michelle Patient and Fiona Brooker

8pm: Q&A session and interactive discussion.

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