The Kiwi Crew

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My name is Robynne Lozier and I am the Captain of the New Zealand team. As you can see, we call ourselves the Kiwi Crew. While I currently live in Canada, I was born and raised in NZ until I emigrated in November 2000.

Calling all NEW ZEALANDERS and anyone with NZ ancestry who want to be part of a Challenge team for Wikitree challenges. Even if your partner or spouse is a kiwi and you are not, then feel free to sign up if you wish. Especially if you are doing their NZ genealogy.

Instead of being just the New Zealand Team, we are THE KIWI CREW. Thanks to Fiona Gilliver for our new Team Name. Thanks to Graeme Olney for the Silver Fern Background and Many Thanks to Campbell Braddock for our wonderful Kiwi Crew Logo!!

Whenever there are Challenges, Sprints and Thons, for activities such as Data Doctoring (fixing up Errors), Sourcing, Connecting, finding Notables, Writing Biographies, Photographing Cemeteries, etc etc, we will CONCENTRATE on NZ profiles as much as we can.

This years Source-a-thon Hours will be different. The reason for these hours is so that everyone does this all at the same time for 3 days from start to finish. On the East coast, of USA and Canada (where I live) the source-a-thon starts at 8 am on Friday morning (28 Sep) and ends on 8 am on Monday morning. (1 Oct)

2018 Source-A-Thon

Main Page with all the Rules

In New Zealand this means the Source-a-thon runs from 12 AM (midnight) Saturday 29th September to 1 AM on Tuesday 2nd October. If any of you can get that Monday off work, that would be very helpful.

Daylight Savings starts at 2 AM on Sunday 30 Sept. So, for the record, NZ skips forward one hour on Sunday morning - so we actually will be ending up this marathon at 1 AM Tuesday morning!!

The times stated above matches the 0800 EDT start time (BST-4) so that everyone starts AT THE SAME TIME, no matter where they are in the world.

If you wish to participate and get a source-a-thon number, please post your request on this thread,

You MUST also mention that you want to be on the Kiwi Crew Team, even if you are already a member. If you wish to become a member of the Kiwi Crew team, please state that on the request as well, and it will (eventually) be arranged.

Kiwi Crew Chat Page for the 2018 Source-a-thon

2018 Video Hangouts Page

The [Source-a-Thon] is the biggest challenge. There are hundreds of profiles on Wikitree that are unsourced., and since Wikitree prides itself as a fully sourced Global Family Tree, we have to to do our part to help.

I know most of our Kiwi ancestry leads back to the UK and to Europe, but we need more Kiwi Notables and Kiwi profiles on Wikitree.

This is the current official list of [UNSOURCED Profiles from NZ] Please note that there are several pages, each with 200 profiles!! it may look like a long list, but the more sources we can find on the DIA database, the better that profile will be.

Due to the GDPR EU Privacy changes that occurred in May 2018, I see that there are some unlisted profiles. These are profiles with links to Wikitree ID's AND also with black buttons. You MUST IGNORE these as noone will be able to access them. The profile managers will have to deal with those.

[Source-a-Thon Tutorial]
If you are somewhat new to Wikitree and to source-a-thons, you might want to read through the above tutorial and perhaps do some practice runs before the source-a-thon actually starts. Just so you know how everything works.

If you want to do some practice runs, you can do some of the Saturday Sourcing Sprints during August and Sept.
[This is the page] to check out for details. Also add the following TAG to your Tags list sourcing_sprints

DIA Database

Using the NZ Dept of Internal Affairs [BDM database].

I hope you all know how to use the DIA database for BDMs in NZ? It does have its restrictions, but any NZ person born more than 100 years ago, can be accessed.

And all records after 1840 are recorded, if the person was born, died or married in NZ. Well MOST records are recorded anyway. There may be some restrictions between 1840 and 1848, but I'm not sure of the details.

I always use the Historical Records section. That way you get free access to basic details. Click on Search and then use the Births, Deaths and Marriages sections, depending on whatever record you are looking for.

As for the dates - I always just keep them to 01/01/1840 - or use whatever year you are looking for. It is a nuisance, but that's how they want dates done. I actually find that 01/01/1840 and 01/01/1900 are good divisional points for before the 1900s and after 1900.

Also remember that NZ does the British dating system - Day - Month - Year - not the American system.

Dates of Birth were added to Death records around 1970 or 1971, so pretty much all deaths after 1971, now include the persons date of birth which is quite handy. For earlier records that just have an age at death - you can use that to work out a rough year of birth.

Deaths are recorded once the person turns 80 years old. If they died aged 80 and over, their death record is immediately available. if they died before their 80th birthday, then the system waits until their 80th birthday has passed, and then adds their death details.

You do not have to fill in all the spaces to get your information. Sometimes just a surname is enough. If you are looking for all the children of a particular family, As long as you know the names of both parents, you can put in the surname, the mothers name, the dates and then hit search. You often get the whole family that way if you do the dates right.

Be careful with spelling. Some surnames or christian names are still spelled wrong on the database which makes it hard to find. I recently came across a birth record where the mothers name was Emily, but one of the children had his mothers name listed as Emma. I only found it under a surname search. I have also found Helena spelt as Helina and as Ellen.

Please remember to search for married women's DEATH records under their MARRIED names, not under their birth names.

Adding Sources to Profiles

Please see the following profiles for examples on how to add the DIA records as a source to the profiles. You would need to add the same information, but you can display it in a different order if you wish. This is my grandfathers profile as an example -

This is another profile with an excellent example of adding DIA cited sources -

Because the DIA website keeps Births, Deaths and Marriages all completely separate, the reference numbers MUST be identified on the profile as to what kind of record they are. Birth, Death or Marriage.

Finally, once you have added a source to the profile, you must manually REMOVE the UNSOURCED Template from that profile, before you save it.

One other thing to remember. Unsourced profiles only need ONE new source to be added during the source-a-thon, the challenges or the sprints. If you add more, that is great, but that profile will still only be counted ONCE. So it would be better to add one source, remove the unsourced template and save the profile, before moving on to a new profile. If you make a note of the sources and profiles, you can always go back at a later time and add more sources.

Other Sources

Another place that is useful for NZ records includes the Archives Archway - which is the access point to the National Archives Dept of NZ - - This can be used to find Divorce records, wills, probate details and military records

For World War 1 military records you can use this site -

For those who died in The Great War (World War 1) you can use the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website -

While Census records have been taken in NZ for well over 100 years, the early census records were used only for statistical purposes and then destroyed. I believe that all census records from 1966 are now being preserved, but since 100 years have not passed since 1966, there is currently no access to any census records in New Zealand.

Another excellent source that can be used for Obituaries is the [Papers Past] website run by the National Library of NZ. But this site needs a lot of time to go searching through all the articles to find the name you want. Not good for Sprints.

You can of course continue to use Family Search for NZ records - but most of their NZ BMD records come from the same DIA Database that I have linked to above so it's a moot point.

If someone was born in the UK, and married or died in NZ, then of course you have to access the British records. UK records can be accessed through Family Search, FreeBMD, FreeCen, and FreeReg.

I would prefer that you NOT use sources from Ancestry, Find My Past or Scotlands People because those are PAID sites and not everyone has subscription or paid access to their information. While this does restrict access to Scottish BMD information, the Scottish census records from 1841 to 1891 are available on FreeCen.

Many of the larger towns and cities are now putting their cemeteries databases online. Again, if you are not in a Sprint, these are excellent places to look for names and find details.
Dunedin, NZ [Cemetery Database]
Wellington NZ [Cemeteries Database]
Auckland NZ [Cemeteries Database]
Wargraves and Memorials in NZ [World War 1 and 2]
Timaru NZ [Cemeteries Database]
Christchurch NZ [Cemeteries Database]
For more Cemeteries in New Zealand, you can try the NEW ZEALAND Cemeteries project which has lots of Photo uploads from NZ cemeteries. [NZ Cemeteries Database]

[NZ Presbyterian Church Archives] - for those who have Scottish ancestry and who belonged to the Presbyterian Church - they have some very good Marriage records that are accessible online.

2018 Source-a-thon Team Members

List Number 2018 Source-a-Thon Number Photo Name Position Profiles Sourced
1 Robynne Lozier Team Captain252
2 Richard Shelley Team Member5
3 Graeme Olney Team Member232
4 Fiona GilliverTeam Member 161
5 Campbell BraddockTeam Member231
6 Darren KellettTeam Member 1.022
7 Paula CullenTeam Member2.245
8 Lianne TrevarthenTeam Member 89
9 Neil McNicolTeam Member194
10 Rose BoddyTeam Member117
11 A BricklandTeam Member 163
12 Cassandra MilesTeam Member55
13 Charlene NewportTeam Member 1.323
14 Brigitte TheumaTeam Member 186
15 Raewyn VincentTeam Member 53

2017 Source-a-thon Team Members

List Number 2017 Source-a-Thon Number Photo Name Position Specializations Comments/Notes
1 Robynne Lozier Team CaptainConnector
2 Campbell Braddock Logo Designer and
Team Member
Biographies, Errors and Sources
3 Fiona GilliverTeam Member Biographies and Sources
4 Graeme Olney Team MemberErrors and Sources
5Image:Kellett-33.png Image:Kellett-33.pngDarren KellettTeam Member Errors and Sources
6 Lianne TrevarthenTeam Member Biographies and Sources, Cemeteries
7 Richard Shelley Team MemberErrors, Notables
8 Paula CullenTeam Member Sources
9 Cassandra Miles Team Member
10 Murray Painter Team Member
11 A Brickland Team MemberSources
12 Charlene Newport Team MemberErrors and Sources
13 Jean (Cox) Price Team MemberErrors, Sources, and Cemeteries
14 Susan Rine Team Member
15 Valerie Willis Team Member Connector
16 Kirsty Ward Team Member
17 Raewyn Vincent Team Member
18 Lucy Lavelle Team Member
19 Neil McNicol Team Member
20 Norma Crozier Team Member

Images: 5


Kiwi Crew Logo - By Campbell Braddock
Kiwi Crew Logo - By Campbell Braddock

The Kiwi Crew Image 4
The Kiwi Crew Image 4

Small Silver fern
Small Silver fern


On 14 Jan 2019 at 19:36 GMT Fiona (McMichael) Gilliver wrote:

Amazing effort! Well done! I wish I could have joined you for this.

On 14 Jan 2019 at 15:03 GMT Janet (Langridge) Wild wrote:

Congratulations to you all for winning, a job well done an amazing number of uploads this weekend

Sandringham Strollers Team

On 14 Jan 2019 at 14:21 GMT Robynne (Thompson) Lozier wrote:

Congrats to the Kiwi Crew for WINNING the 2019 Scan-a-thon!!

On 11 Jan 2019 at 13:11 GMT Loretta (Leger) Corbin wrote:

Here's a Big ole Howdy Y'all, from the

Southern Super Sweepers! Good Luck!

On 19 Dec 2018 at 05:13 GMT Robynne (Thompson) Lozier wrote:

If anyone else would like to join the Scan-a-thon in January, please sign up at the official registration page in the G2G (link below) and let me know.

I am not making this official since so few Kiwis are interested, so it wont be added to the Kiwi Crew Space page, but there is a G2G thread for the Kiwis and I plan to use this for all details and information -

Thank you.

On 21 Nov 2018 at 08:51 GMT Cassandra Miles wrote:

I would definitely like to upload photos. I haven't added many to wiki tree yet.

On 17 Nov 2018 at 02:22 GMT Richard Shelley wrote:

That's a no from me

On 17 Nov 2018 at 02:13 GMT Fiona (McMichael) Gilliver wrote:

I’ll sit this one out - not really my thing.

On 16 Nov 2018 at 21:14 GMT Robynne (Thompson) Lozier wrote:

That's fine Lianne. I could add photos of gravestones from the Dunedin Cemeteries - that sounds like a good idea for me.... And from any other NZ cemeteries that I have used before. Timaru and Invercargill maybe.

On 16 Nov 2018 at 18:54 GMT Lianne (Irwin) Trevarthen wrote:

Scan-a-thon for January 2019. I will probably be able to do some. They will mostly be photos of headstones. I have a backlog, but they aren't as easy to add, as I have to create profiles for them as well. However, they do fit the criteria for the challenge. If you think this that would help add to a team total, great.

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