I was wandering through Papers Past on the National Library of New Zealand last night, and I thought to myself, what a wonderful source of community and family history.
I have been looking for relatives for other people in these archival papers and in the process decided to transcribe a few of the articles and relevant sections to send to a couple of New Zealand Rootsweb lists that I belong to. Through doing that I discovered that not everyone is able to access the information, or at least not in the fullest manner possible. And I have to confess that I get great pleasure reading what was going on in our communities over 100 years ago. Our ancestors certainly had a good dose of humour judging by some of the writing.
Personally I have family who were in “trade” and I would love to be able to find any reference to them in their local papers, so I thought I could “pay it forward” to those looking for information to flesh out their family history in New Zealand.
I was also encouraged by Lorelle’s posting about her plans to use the blog structure for her family’s genealogy. In no way am I creating anything on the scale that she is planning. My pretentions are only to provide a place for people to visit and maybe leave comments about the archival newspaper entries or the named individuals. A bit of a glorified webpage really, but hopefully one that will encourage others to participate in making some of our wonderful community records available.
It will be a learn by the seat of your pants experience (and blog) so if you do visit, please be patient as I develop it. At the moment it is one entry big, with an About page. The tags will be the Newspaper’s name, but perhaps in time this might need to be changed to include the year of the entry.
But considering the search facility available with WordPress.com I don’t think finding an entry with your family name attached will be too difficult. Maybe a lot to go through (once I add more transcriptions) but that’s not a bad thing in genealogy.
Any feedback on how you would search such a blog – by surname, location, year, etc. will be willingly accepted and considered.
Now on to the blog. It is called rather unimaginatively, but accurately “NZ Newspaper Articles – For Your Family History Research”. And it can be read here and clicked to through a link in the sidebar of this blog. I hope that in time it will become of use to some of you.