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On a recent visit to Archives NZ Auckland archive, I was searching through old bound copies of typed index and reference pages. Some entries had red ink, hand written notations, one of which caught my eye as the notation was different to other notations that I had seen. I was left wondering if the notation was in reference to the last given name, as it was spaced appart from the two proceeding names, or to the surname listed.

In case this could be signficant to some ones research the info was;

Typed:-      OTTO,  William Andrew      Rexford
Notation:-   Now Redford

If interested in investigating further, please contact me for details.


New Zealand Completed Requests / NZ B D & M; assigned surnames.
« on: Monday 12 March 18 08:47 GMT (UK)  »
Hello there.

How many were aware of the fact highlighted by our TV programme FAIR GO, aired this evening?

In the move to digitize an estimated 2.4 million birth records, NZ B D & M assigned surnames to the new born's given [christian] names. Previously there was no legal requirement to do so. It was just assumed the surname, would be that of the father. And that was the guide line given to those charged with transcribing to creating the digital record.

This is now creating all sorts of problems for those applying for birth certificates, and finding the surname on todays official record, is NOT the one that the applicant has been using throughout their life.

Another curved ball for future researchers, once records become historical records.


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Them ?
« on: Saturday 10 February 18 08:28 GMT (UK)  »
Hello again.

In the clip below I've blue underlined a word, that makes sence to me if it should read 'them' but by comparing with the letter 'm' as written in the line above and below I'm uncertain. The whole context of the paragraph could change if I get the word wrong.

Part of 1873 correspondence where a 'native' is enquiring of the Government about obtaining land title, following the first survey of the area, and the issuing of Militia title grants to the lots so surveyed.

The applicant having been a traditional squater in the area, wanted to be able to settledown without being moved on each time a Militia family took ocupation of their land grant, and the native family, had to abandon their huts and family cultivations.


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / 2 / out of ........?
« on: Monday 05 February 18 09:40 GMT (UK)  »
Hello from NZ.

I've just been sent a copy of correspondence sent to Parliament.

It's late and I'm tired [and lazy] and would appreciate a second opinion on how I should read that part of this correspondence that reads;

not pass - - Government's hands.

Is it an abreviated form of writing pass "to or out of" Government Lands?

Thanks for any opinion expressed.


Europe / Thomas BRUGMAN - unclaimed body Dargaville NZ.
« on: Thursday 01 February 18 22:19 GMT (UK)  »

A sad story with possibly a Dutch heritage connection.

If you have a suggestion, possibly best that the discussion takes place on the New Zealand forum, and by Personal Message if discussing the living.


New Zealand Completed Requests / Funeral Home dilemma - Thomas BRUGMAN, Dargaville.
« on: Thursday 01 February 18 03:50 GMT (UK)  »

The 'lonely dead.'

Has anyone come across this family name in genealogy research. If so a Dargaville funeral director, may like to hear from you.

- Alan.

PS the funeral home of J W HART have their own web page for direct contact details.

New Zealand Completed Requests / 2018
« on: Sunday 31 December 17 11:05 GMT (UK)  »
All the best for 2018


Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Happy New Year to the team
« on: Sunday 31 December 17 11:02 GMT (UK)  »
All the best,

It's a fantastic voluntary service that you provide us with.


PS was too late home Christmas Eve, but as I find myself still researching as the clock ticks over, grabed a photo and posted.

New Zealand / Hamilton WHO'S WHO 1966-67, Public Relations Office publication.
« on: Saturday 30 December 17 03:08 GMT (UK)  »

The BRADY post prompted me to go hunting through old cartons in storeage, for the above publication.

Unfortunately the sub-contractors did not get a mention, but with 196 pages in total, a lot of businesses did, with addresses and phone numbers that could be cross checked with other sources.

Some 30 pages devoted to office bearers in a host of civil and social organizations.

Prepared to do look-ups for those that can track a relative to Hamilton in the mid 1960's.  As people mentioned therein could still be alive, PLEASE make your request via the PM private message service.


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