Workday Wednesday: Medical Practitioners

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Found a NZ doctor lurking in the family tree? There are a couple of very useful research sources that you should know about.

The Central Auckland Research Centre in Auckland Central Library holds a biographical dictionary by Rex Earl Wright-St Clair: Medical practitioners in New Zealand, from 1840 to 1930.  As the quote from the work's preface states: "In this work are listed alphabetically all medical practitioners known to have been in New Zealand between 1 January 1840 and 31 December 1930, whether registered here or not, providing at least one forename is known".

Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries
Entries vary in size but typically contain details of education, career and death. In many cases they refer to an obituary in a medical journal.

Which leads us to the second source: the New Zealand Medical Association runs a helpful website offering the NZ Medical Journal online.

It includes an index of obituaries appearing in the NZ Medical Journal 1887-2013 and archived issues of the journal itself from 1999. For an obituary earlier than 1999, the website gives contact details for the NZ Medical Association and states that one-off requests are supplied without charge.


Treasure Chest Thursday: On-line Family History mags

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Auckland Libraries’ has a fabulous new on-line magazine collection, Zinio, for those of us who just love our magazines. The mags are free to read on your laptop, tablet, phone or PC, there’s no waiting list, and while some of us might be just desperate to get our hands on the latest Runner’s World, Yoga for Beginners or Train like an Olympian (or – let’s be real here – Best Cookies Ever, Christmas Baking, and Woman’s Day Comfort Foods), there are a couple of publications that the family history enthusiast might like to take a look at.

First up is the very stylish Australian magazine, Inside History. As the blurb says, “Inside History is for people passionate about Australian and New Zealand genealogy, history and heritage.” It’s published every two months, with “insightful, interesting and practical features… packed with advice, articles and expert tips on genealogy, and stories on our varied history.”

The second magazine you can borrow from Zinio is the UK magazine, Your Family Tree (not to be confused with Family Tree) with “… practical advice, written by experts, on all areas of family history research.”  Their aim is to make family history accessible to all.

You can read both of these on iPad, Blackberry, iPhone, Android, Win 8, PC/MAC and some back issues are available. You’ll need to be a library member to create accounts but then you’ll be away.

Here’s the link to Zinio – or if you prefer, the URL is:

… which is worth a browse just to see what else you can read – especially in the Food and Cooking section!

Joanne Graves
Central Auckland Research Centre

Motivation Monday: Family Trees

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Generations of  kauri trees, 1907.
How many generations are in your family's tree?

"The oldest continuously recorded family tree is that of Confucius, who, over eighty generations after his death, has well over two million registered descendants.

~  The Gap: The science that separates us from other animals
by Thomas Suddendorf .

If you are looking for inspiration on how to display your genealogy research and create your own tree, we have a great collection of books in the 1 GEN AID section of the family history collection.