I was born 1955 in Gisborne, New Zealand. I grew up in Gisborne. As an adult I've lived in many regions of New Zealand, so know the geography of the country well.
I started collecting family history in the 1960's. Those early notes made very little sense - but now fifty years later some of the wording in exremely valuable.
During the 1960's two special trips were made from Gisborne to Maungatoroto, Northland, New Zealand to my grandmother Florence Smith (nee Fletcher). She knew everyone and shared generations of facts and tales. She spent many long hours giving dates and facts about each family branch. Every detail was written down. No money or emotions were exchanged - that's a huge life lesson. If she didn't know something then she sent you to someone who did know. Her information has been verified as correct.
Other sources for Information were Cemeteries, Churches and Court houses. This work was done before computer technology and family history groups had formed. My family trees are well understood and researched, however mistakes do happen.
I'm a family historian for the KILGOUR family who settled in Huia, West Auckland, New Zealand in 1842. I've published the Kilgour family history and now working to preserve over 200 years of this history, by using WIKITREE.
There are NO spare copies of this book - please join WIKITREE and help the family tree to grow. In 2002, Mary DUES & William KILGOUR had over TEN thousand descendants. Be proud of OUR family tree! (please copy it)
Understandably you feel uneasy seeing your ancestor shared by someone you don't know. Your ancestor has left lots (thousands) of descendants, who all think they are their special grandparent. When you were born an excited person published your birth or wrote to a relative about this new arrival. One of those sources was given it to me. You're someone's treasure so therefore many people know about you. Whether you like it or not we share genes.
If you see a mistake... please let me know... some information may have been given with a mistake... proud grannies do that!
Notes for KILGOUR descendants... Our gt-gt-gt-grandmother Mary Kilgour (nee Dues) asked the family and descendants to leave flowers on her grave.
We cannot leave flowers for Mary, as her grave is now the soil on a farm and part of a housing development. You can sit in the Huia Domain, West Auckland, New Zealand, look out across the water, then turn round (180 degrees) and look at the man-made cave across the road - William and Mary are are buried on top of this knoll. When you sit anywhere on the Huia Domain, you're sitting on their original farm. Many/most in the family get an "overwhelming feeling" as they sit there. It is a special place.
Have fun... Kathryn Mooney
2018 - Now retired; in my spare time filing over fifty years of notes onto Wikitree. I am about half way through and think I'll compete the skeleton over the next five years! Then... I'll start to add tales to the bones, photos, etc.
Claimed to be natives of Nottingham, England. French was first language, due to generations of living in Europe. After English lacemakers were expelled from France my family resettled in New Zealand. Called their property Calais Farm.
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On 22 Oct 2018 at 12:24 GMT Colleen (Rodgers) Bake wrote:
On 24 Aug 2018 at 01:49 GMT Lesley (Wenzlick) Haslip wrote:
Kind regards Lesley Auckland NZ
On 22 Aug 2018 at 12:54 GMT Paula Cullen wrote:
I have cleaned up his page and removed the incorrect info and sources I added and integrated the extra info.
On 15 Aug 2018 at 12:34 GMT Janice Newman wrote:
I am unsure regarding an addition you added to Albert Mount Newman [1840-1919] in November 2017. I am interested to see you have his "Nickname" as Herbert and am keen to know the source of that please. look forward to hearing from you, Janice
On 12 Jun 2018 at 23:23 GMT Charles Harrison wrote:
On 23 May 2018 at 19:34 GMT Janette Blanch wrote:
3rd June - have just merged Walpole 313 and 314. Happy tree now :-)
On 18 Feb 2018 at 03:14 GMT Jacqui Goodman wrote:
On 2 Jan 2018 at 16:21 GMT Guy Constantineau wrote:
Wish you a Happy New Year. May 2018 bring you all you need to be happy.
Congratulation for adding your contributions in December. Whatever the quantity of your contributions, they all count. As I always say "Quality is better than quantity" to make a great family tree.
Thank you for being a Wikitreer,
Guy Constantineau - Wikitree leader
On 11 Oct 2017 at 23:54 GMT George Burrell wrote:
On 1 Jul 2017 at 02:51 GMT Keith Hathaway wrote:
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