Black and white family portrait from 19th century. Some people are visible only as silhouettes.

Seminars on a range of genealogical topics are held regularly on Level 3 of Central Library. Previous topics have included: Shipping Records, Military Records, Irish Family Research, and Genealogy for Beginners.

Suitable for adults.

See details and upcoming topics.

Searching through record cards

Volunteers from the Hamilton Branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists are available to assist with family history research queries.

Suitable for adults.

See times and locations.

Logo for the Out of the Box event - Heritage Collections.

The Ngaa Koorero Tuku Iho teams bring items out of the box and visit Te Kete Aronui Rototuna Library once a month to answer questions and help you with research and advice.

Suitable for adults.

See more Out of the Box information and times.

Black and white aerial view of residential neighbourhood with the wordsHeritage Talk

Heritage Talks are held bi-monthly on Level 3 of Central Library. Previous topics have included: identifying locations in historic photographs, histories of selected Hamilton streets, researching the history of a house, transit camps in Hamilton, the New Zealand Remembrance Army, and the Maunder family photographs (a collection of glass plate negatives in our Historic Photographs collection).

Suitable for adults.

See details and upcoming topics.

Occasional Heritage, Archives, and Genealogy Events

Genealogy Workshops

19th Century family portrait with the word Workshop


Keep an eye on our Event Calendar, Facebook page, or sign up to our newsletter, ePaanui, and our bi-monthly Ngaa Koorero Tuku Iho Heritage & Archives Newsletter to find out when the next Genealogy Workshop will be.

Night @ the Library

Central Library exterior at Night


Night @ the Library is an annual event, where family history researchers are allowed 8 hours of uninterrupted research time on Level 3 of Central Library. Throughout the event there are also tours of back of house areas, pizza and specialist research assistance available.

Look out for the Night @ the Library on our Event CalendarFacebook page, or sign up to our newsletter, ePaanui, for updates.