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Judy Russell and Paul Blake downunder - Wellington

WellingtonA full day seminar with leading Unlock the Past cruise presenters, Judy Russell (US) and Paul Blake (UK).

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  • four main presentations
  • supporting shorter presentations by local and sponsoring partners
  • an exhibition by event partners
  • special offers and hundreds of dollars worth of prizes

 Thursday 18 February 2016, 10am - 4.15pm

WHERE: Matairangi room, ASB Sports Centre, 72 Kemp Street,
           Kilbirnie, Wellington

COST: NZ$30 full day, NZ$20 half day
           payable on entry on the day - cash only.
           Pre-book by 10pm Tuesday 16 Feb 2016
           – see note below about the reason we ask for pre-bookings


Book ahead

Why book ahead when payment is only required on entry? 
  • for the seminar organisers it helps for planning, set up and registration on entry – and a post-seminar survey
  • for exhibitors it is a guide to the amount of promotional material to bring
  • for attendees it assures you of a place and enters you into an extra prize draw for a $50 Genealogy ebooks voucher (only those pre-booking can be guaranteed a place)

It may be possible to just come on the day, but if the meeting room capacity is reached, those who have pre-booked (before the room limit is reached) will have precedence. No payment is required with the online booking - just your name and contact.

book Click the button at the left to book online now
NOTE: it is best to book online (no payment needed at this stage) 



10.00amregistration, exhibition, sales
10.25amwelcome and seminar introduction
10.30amABCs of DNA - Judy Russell
11.15ambreak and exhibition
11.45amNo vitals? No problem! Building a family through circumstantial evidence - Judy Russell
12.30pmseminar sponsor presentation - to be advised
1.00pmlunch break and exhibition
2.10pmprize draw 
2.15pmlocal partner promos
2.30pmLondon genealogy: or the metropolitan nightmare - Paul Blake
3.15pmbreak and exhibition
3.30pmOrigins of your Irish ancestors - Paul Blake
Exhibitors in Wellington

  • Genealogy ebooks
  • Gould Genealogy & History
  • National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa
  • NZSG branches (Kilbirnie, Hutt Valley, Porirua, Wellington) 
  • Unlock the Past publications
  • Unlock the Past Cruises 
Some practical matters

  • WishboneFood is not included in the seminar cost - there is a Wishbone cafe on the premises. Other cafes and supermarkets are within walking distance
  • Parking - there is both outdoor and underground car parking with just over 300 car parks
  • Public transport - there are a number of buses that run from Wellington CBD close to the centre frequently

Further information