The Kiwi Crew

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2020 Connect-a-Thon

Our goal for the Connect-a-Thon is to decrease the number of profiles that are not connected to our big tree by spending 72 hours adding missing relatives to existing person profiles.

Register here for the 2020 Connect-a-Thon, for more information follow this link

Our Chat page for the Connect-a-thon is here - for any questions you might have. Chat


  1. Robynne Lozier - Captain
  2. Cassandra Miles
  3. Charlene Newport
  4. Maxx Martin
  5. Fiona McMichael
  6. Graeme Olney
  7. Nic Donnelly
  8. Norma Crozier
  9. Richard Shelley
  10. Campbell Braddock


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.

Scan-A-Thon 2020

Registration for the January 2020 Scan-a-thon has now opened. If you have any documents of photos for any of your Kiwi profiles - or profiles from any country really - you can join in the Scan-a-thon.

Also if you are on the Cemetery team, and have lots of photos of New Zealand Cemetery headstones, then they can also be scanned in - and you can make quick and easy profiles for them if they are needed. You can always go back and work on the profiles after the scan-a-thon is over.

Last year (January 2019) was the first Scan-a-thon and the Kiwi Crew came first in the teams competion. Much of this success was thanks to our 2 wonderful cemeterists Darren Kellett and Arthur Buckland-Pinnock, who uploaded tons of cemetery photos.

During the 2020 Scan-a-thon, we will use this page - - for all team communications.

Team Members as of 8 January 2020
Robynne Lozier
Margaret Allison
Maxx Martin
Cassandra Miles

Where to find Unsourced Profiles?

You can also use the table below or the New Zealand Unsourced category to find profiles that need sources, but the tables reached through the links below have a lot more information than the Category pages show.

Whether you source a profile you found through the table or a category page, when you save the profile, there will be a button for "Challenge Tracker" at the top of the page. Click that, complete the form (add your WikiTree ID if needed, check the appropriate challenge, and describe your action), then click the "Add" button & the profile will automatically be counted toward your total in the challenge you selected.

New Zealand

Unsourced profiles for New Zealand.

2428 Unsourced Total 0000-0000 0001-1499 1500-1699 1700-1799 1800-1899 1900-1999 2000-9999
Category:New Zealand, Unsourced Profiles 803 40 15 411 337
Location: New Zealand, Category:Unsourced Profiles 1555 9 1015 531
Location: New Zealand, Suggestion 802 & 803 28 16 12
Location: New Zealand, Suggestion 131-134 42 13 2 27

Table prepared at 30.06.2020 00:30:58 (Slovenian time). Condition to prepare list (Country is New Zealand). Profiles: 246098


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 no one will be able to access them. The profile managers will have to deal with those.

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.
[[Help:Saturday_Sourcing_Sprints[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 spelt wrong on the database which makes it hard to find. I recently came across a birth record where the mother's 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 grandfather's profile as an example - Thompson-31033

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 a 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. [[Space:New_Zealand_Cemeteries_Team_Progress[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.

[BDM Phospo Site] Raewyn Vincent says the following - I use it frequently when looking at people and instead of having to punch in the dates, you can get the basic data and put it in the regular nzbdm website. Sometimes it's useful when looking for other relatives born to the same parents. I've been using this in conjunction with the regular DIA BDM site for some time. I use the main site for pinpointing complete dates on public information and this site more for locating familial circles, which can sometimes be added to and followed up with the cemetery records, Paperspast and war records if applicable.

The MacDonald Dictionary team at the University of Canterbury and Canterbury museum want help transcribing 12,000 records, specifically looking at recording women's names. Apparently it's indexed now by the husband's names, and they want to include the women too. (posted June 2019)

Police Gazettes - Blog Post from the National Library
This information can now be accessed through the Papers Past website in the Magazine Section.
Posted August 2019

Previous Competitions

2017 Source-a-thon Team Members

Results - KiwiCrew placed 2rd with 6.062 profiles sourced
Top Team Members
  1. Lucy Lavelle 1.780
  2. Charlene Newport 816
  3. Kirsty J. Ward 759
List Number 2018 Source-a-Thon Number Photo Name Position Profiles Sourced
1 Robynne Lozier Team Captain140
2 Campbell Braddock Logo Designer and
Team Member
3 Fiona GilliverTeam Member 150
4 Graeme Olney Team Member207
5 Darren KellettTeam Member 350
6 Lianne TrevarthenTeam Member 137
7 Richard Shelley Team Member18
8 Image:Cullen-643.jpgPaula CullenTeam Member 726
9 Image:Miles-5060.jpgCassandra Miles Team Member47
10 Murray Painter Team Member0
11 A Brickland Team Member 235
12 Charlene Newport Team Member816
13 Jean (Cox) Price Team Member0
14 Susan Rine Team Member 0
15 Valerie Willis Team Member 436
16 Kirsty Ward Team Member 759
17 Raewyn Vincent Team Member 54
18 Lucy Lavelle Team Member 1.780
19 Neil McNicol Team Member 114
20 Norma Crozier Team Member27

2018 Source-a-thon Team Members

Results - KiwiCrew placed 3rd with 6,328 profiles sourced
Top Team Members
  1. Paula J. Cullen 2,245
  2. Charlene Newport 1,323
  3. Darren J. Kellett 1,022
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
5Image:Emma MacBeath Image Sandbox-9.png Campbell BraddockTeam Member231
6 Darren KellettTeam Member 1.022
7Image:Cullen-643.jpg 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

2019 Clean-a-thon Team Members

Results - KiwiCrew placed 9th with 4,554 suggestion corrected.
Top Team Members
  1. Paula Cullen 1,214
  2. Darren Kellett 1,100
  3. Graeme Olney 877
List Number Photo Name Position Total Errors Fixed
1 Campbell BraddockCaptainSee your work544
2 Graeme Olney Co-CaptainSee your work877
3 Darren KellettTeam Member See your work1,100
4 Fiona GilliverTeam Member See your work50
5 Tracy FriskenTeam Member See your work12
6 Neil McNicolTeam Member See your work7
7 Martin BrabanderTeam Member See your work9
8 Image:Cullen-643.jpgPaula CullenTeam Member See your work1,214
9 Cassandra MilesTeam MemberSee your work39
10 Brigitte TheumaTeam Member See your work702

2019 Connect-a-Thon Team Members

Results - KiwiCrew placed 9th with 1,222 Profiles Created
Top Team Members
  1. Charlene Newport 515
  2. Maxx Martin 211
  3. Campbell Braddock 181
List Number Photo Name Position Profiles Connected
1 Robynne Lozier Team Captain36
2 Campbell BraddockTeam Member181
3 Graeme Olney Team Member77
4 Charlene Newport Team Member515
5 Richard Shelley Team Member100
6 Fiona Gilliver Team Member64
7 Tracy Hope Team Member20
8 Maxx Martin Team Member211
9 Rose Boddy Team Member9
10 Trevor Robas Team Member4
11 Norma Crozier Team Member5

The 2019 Kiwi Crew Connect-A-Thon team which ended up in 9th place over the weekend of July 12-15, 2019.

The idea of this thon was to connect profiles to the global tree. You will get points for every profile you connect, and for each profile you create to make that connection. All new profiles must have a MINIMUM of 1 source.

2019 Source-a-thon Team Members

Results - KiwiCrew placed 7th with 2,895 profiles sourced
Top Team Members
  1. Charlene Newport 660
  2. Campbell Braddock 407
  3. Nic Donnelly 371
List Number Bib Number Photo Name Position Profiles Sourced
1 Robynne Lozier Team Captain89
2 Charlene NewportTeam Member 660
3 Graeme Olney Team Member115
4 Fiona GilliverTeam Member 40
5 Campbell BraddockTeam Member407
6 Martin BrabanderTeam Member 37
7 Maxx MartinTeam Member 354
8 Nic DonnellyTeam Member 371
9 Shaye AbsolumTeam Member --
10 Michael ButlerTeam Member 117
11 A. BricklandTeam Member 130
12 Carol GilbertTeam Member --
13 Valerie WillisTeam Member 199
14 Cassandra MilesTeam Member 53
15 Donald CortesiTeam Member 47
16 Lianne TrevarthenTeam Member 23
17 Liz NewportTeam Member 43
18 Margaret AllisonTeam Member 210

2020 Clean-a-thon Team Members

Results - KiwiCrew placed 18th with 3,204 suggestion corrected.
Top Team Members
  1. Maxx G. Martin 1,657
  2. Graeme R. Olney 839
  3. Margaret L. Allison 224
List Number Photo Name Position Total Errors Fixed
1 Campbell BraddockCaptainSee your work41
2 Graeme Olney Team MemberSee your work839
3 Nic DonnellyTeam Member See your work49
4 Maxx Martin Team MemberSee your work 1,657
5 Margaret Allison Team MemberSee your work 224
6 Michael ButlerTeam Member See your work 70
7 Norma Crozier Team MemberSee your work 32
8 Cassandra MilesTeam MemberSee your work189
9 Valerie Willis Team Member See your work40
10 Brigitte TheumaTeam Member See your work63

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Campbell Braddock,

Could you please update this page with a new table that has the following names of those who have signed up for the 2020 Connect-a-thon which will run in July? Thanks. (and maybe move the old table down to the bottom of the page so we still have a record of it.)

Cassandra Miles - page 2

Charlene Newport - page 2

Maxx Martin - bottom of page 3

Fiona McMichael - page 4

Robynne Lozier - page 6

Graeme Olney - page 7

Registration page starts here

Thanks Campbell.

Robynne Lozier - Captain Kiwi Crew.

Just made the decision to join in on this one, edited the list accordingly.
posted by Richard Shelley
Update 2 - Apologies for the rush of emails.

I have now created and posted the Kiwi Crew Connect-a-thon Chat page thread for any questions before and during the thon.

Update - I apologise for being late to the game. Thanks to those of you who have signed up already. Campbell if you would like to be my Co-Captain, you are more than welcome to be, please let me know. Thanks.
The 2020 Connect-a-thon registration thread is now open for anyone to sign up. see below link. I will be doing this one so there is a kiwi team if anyone wants to sign up. This will run from 18 - 21 July 2020 (NZT). Please let me know in these comments if you plan to participate. This thon will be trying to connect those family groups and individuals who are currently not connected to the main tree. Thank you.

Together Everyone Achieves More. Thank you for teaming up with Team Roses to clean up 158,784 suggestions on our shared tree. What an amazing feat! And what a good time!
The Virginia Spring Cleaners thank you for the 3,204 Suggestions cleaned during the Thon. It was another great showing of community collaboration (and fun!) and we appreciate all that you did!

posted by Mindy Silva
Thanks everyone for being awesome !

A big thank you for the fun we had and all your wonderful work during the Clean-a-Thon 2020

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posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
Great Job clearing 3204 suggestions!

Western Red Cedars Thanks you for all your hard work.

It was a fun weekend, see you at the next marathon!

posted by Azure Robinson
We wish you the best for the Clean-a-Thon.

Have fun!! The South African team

The Virginia Spring Cleaners wish you the best in your endeavor to clean Suggestions on our global tree. Thank you Kiwi Crew for helping improve the health of our tree. We're looking forward to another fun weekend Thon! We'll see you there.

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posted by Mindy Silva
I see that the 2020 CLEAN-A_THON is now open for Registration. This is NOT one of my favourites so I am choosing not to do it. If you all want to work on the Kiwi team under another captain, thats perfectly fine. OR you can even choose to work for another team instead. OR you can do nothing and be an "independent". The choice is entirely up to you. I will be back for the Source-a-thon in October. Thank you
Thanks Robynne, Eowyn asked if I would like to be captain again, I said yes

Clean-a-Thon registration is now open!

I'll get everything organised after work as I forgot about it with everything going on at the moment.



posted by Campbell Braddock
The 2020 SCAN-A-THON is now up and running - for those of you who are registered. It runs from Saturday (11 Jan) 2 AM to Tuesday (14 Jan) 2 AM. Please upload any family photos, cemetery grave photos and documents that you have - that have not been previously uploaded. And please sure that you either own these photos or have permission to upload them. Thank you. Robynne Lozier captain of the kiwi Crew.
Thank you Campbell. Will you be joining the Scan-a-thon in January? Do you have any new photos and/or documents to post?

Could you please create a new table for the 2020 Scan-a-thon? We have 3 team members so far, Myself, Margaret Allison, and Maxx Martin. Thank you Campbell.

I have moved the 2019 Source-a-Thon information to the Space:Kiwi page for next time.
posted by Campbell Braddock
The Scan-a-thon will be happening in January 2020. If you have any documents or photos, that can be uploaded to profiles or space pages, we would love to see them. Anyone taking cemetery photos in NZ, would be most welcome.

Darren - that includes you since I assume you can only photograph Kiwi cemeteries and not the UK ones. We would love for you join us again. Please sign up here -- Thank you. Robynne Lozier Captain of the Kiwi Crew.

This was fun! Thank you to everyone who contributed. We did really well 7th is great compared to other much larger teams, and we smashed the Aussies, way to go!

I've updated the table and added some results.

posted by Campbell Braddock
Hi Kiwi Crew! Congratulations from all of us at the Windsor Warriors for your amazing contributions during the 2019 Source-a-thon. What a fun weekend we had! It was a pleasure running alongside you all and we look forward to seeing you in the branches. Susie :-)
The Virginia Sourcers thank you for the 2,895 sources you added to WikiTree during the Source-a-Thon. It was another great showing of community collaboration and we appreciate all that you did!
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The Virginia Sourcers wish you the best in your endeavor to add Sources. Thank you Kiwi Crew for wanting to make our global tree healthier! And now the fun begins...
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posted by Mindy Silva

Can you please add the 402 bib badge to Margaret Allison - on page 212? eowyn has been busy catching up with bib numbers today!!

Graeme has to work over the weekend so he wont be around the entire time. But we will struggle on as much as we can.

2 days to go!!

Thanks Campbell.

Just 3 days to go!!

Hi Campbell or Graeme

A new team Member to add to the roster. Margaret Allison is on page 21. She's a newbie to Wikitree. This brings our team numbers to 18!!