Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Maori Place names & Thames Streets

A LIST OF TRADITIONAL & CONTEMPORARY PLACENAMES of THAMES & SURROUNDS

Reference: Te Takoto O Te Whenua O Hauraki Hauraki Landmarks by Taimoana Turoa

At my Thames pages you can learn alot about Thames Streets
Including a list of street names and their origins where known.

Photos old and new of the streets are here

Whakapapa - maori families Thames Hauraki area

At present alot of the past great Whakapapa sites seem to be offline, but here are a few:
NZSG Maori Special Interest Group http://www.nzsgmig.com/
 and their resource Links page but several links no longer work

Waikato Uni have a names database collected by Rev. Henry James Fletcher (1868-1933).

Maori marriages at http://marvin.otago.ac.nz/marriages/maorisearch.php
 
Maori land information sites:
Te Puni KĊkiri (Ministry of Maori Development)

MAORI LAND ONLINE - surname searches

MAORI BMD registrations: remember these are available on separate fiche to the general BMD fiche. Many NZSG branches & libraries have a copy of these.

HAURAKI MAORI TRUST BOARD: wonderful online site including digital oral histories that can be viewed/listened to online

NGATI MARU: site with contacts

Wonderful Books with whakapapa:
Te Takoto O Te Whenua O Hauraki - Hauraki Landmarks by Taimoana Turoa, Edited by Te Ahukaramu Charles Royal. This book includes alot of information on places as well as people.

Waihou Journeys, The archaeology of 400 years of Maori Settlement by caroline Phillips.  An excellent read to give background on the area and major settlements.

Maori Peoples of New Zealand. Te Ara The encyclopedia of new Zealand. A wonderful quick reference book for all tribal groups and contains alot of early whakapapa.

Nga Taonga O Te Kauaeranga - Maori Heritage of Thames by John McEnteer & Taimoana Turoa 1993. This a comprehensive review of maori heritage sites around Thames.

Hauraki Contested 1769-1875 by Paul Monin. Excellent resource covering the history of the area.

All the above books are available at The Treasury and the Thames Library.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

AJHR's online (Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives)

Great news for researchers, Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives are online
"AtoJs Online contains a collection of digitised volumes of the Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives. The collection currently covers the years 1862 to 1879. There are some volumes from this period that have yet to be added to the collection."

Just entering THAMES brings up amazing articles related to the area.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Thames Star Newspaper Index 1946-1955

Have just completed index for this paper of BMD Notices, plus Engagements, Obituaries, major Birthdays, Wedding Anniversaries.

4000 names and this did not include associated names mentioned.  Amazing how at a wedding or 21st the reporter would note down everyone that attended, songs, MC, whay people wore, etc...

What is most interesting is the value placed on history and there were many excellent historical articles - I have placed a copy of these in the PLACES or PEOPLES Folders at The Treasury.

A copy of the index is available at The Treasury along with a scrapbook of the relevent clippings.
A Copy of the index is also available at the Thames Library, where the appropriate issue of the Thames Star paper can be viewed.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Thames Goldfields - Jubilee Celebrations 1917

In 1917 the Jubilee, 50th year since the opening of the Thames Goldfields was celebrated.

A supplement called the "Trumpets Blast" was published, which included photographs.

Thames Star 1 August 1917 has several articles plus the supplements pages are 1, 2, 3 and 4 (The Trumpets Blast)

Remember if you want to save or print copies the option at top of page "Download a printable pdf" - you can do this for individual pages or the whole edition.

Thames Goldfields - 46th Anniversary 1913

In 1913 celebrations took place for the 46th anniversary of the opening of the goldfields.

The Thames Star has a full account including 100s of names of early residents.
The edition is: Thames Star 1 August 1913 page 4 and page 5

Well worth a look.

Thames Oral History Project

How often have you heard genealogists say, 'if only I had listened more carerfully to the stories that my family used to tell me.'

Projects such as recording oral histories allow these memories to be saved. 
Thames has an oral history project, run by a sub-committee of "The Coromandel Heritage Trust"
Further information is available via The Treasury website

The recordings can be listened to at The Treasury Thames, along with transcripts and abstracts of the recordings.  These can also be purchased.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Thames Newspapers

Wonderful news with the Thames Star now online from 1874 to 1920.
remember also to check papers for surrounding areas such as the Ohinemuri Gazette

Even though the papers are online it is still great to view the microfilms and browse the papers. Remember that the Thames Advertiser is not online, this is available to view at The Treasury, Thames.

Newspaper indexes for the Thames Papers are available at The Treasury and the Thames Library.
Much more to come on those later.

More information at my webpage.

Where to start?

This is the start of my blog which aims to explore and discuss the genealogy resources for Thames, New Zealand.  At the same time covering aspects of Thames history in order to give you an idea of what life was like for our families who settled the Thames area.

We can easily set about collecting names as we construct our family trees, but how rich they become when we take the next step and build up a picture of what our ancestors lives were really like.  Where did they live? Where did they shop? What did the town look like? Plus many more things along the way.

I will be showing you what information I have on my Thames Genealogy Resources website, while also exploring what information is available at other sites and places.