Date 25 March 2011
Name Seonaid (Shona) Harvey Lewis
Hometown Auckland, New Zealand
How long have you been chasing ancestors? 15 years
What, if any, formal or informal studies have you undertaken that are relevant to genealogical research? Although I have a number of years of experience with informal genealogical research, I have no formal qualifications, but would like to gain some at some stage. At the moment I am concentrating on my library studies.
I have a Diploma in Information and Library Studies, and have nearly finished a Diploma in Records Management.
I also have professional registration with LIANZA (Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa).
I wish New Zealand had professional qualifications for family history research, ideally tied to the library qualifications. At present, we can only study using overseas institutions, which are expensive in NZ dollars, and aren't government or employer subsidised.
Genealogy is still considered a hobby and not a recognised professional option here.
My father knew very little about his, and decided he wanted to know more when I was living in the UK. He asked me to look up a few things for him, which I did - and I was hooked. Then I started looking up my mother's.
I found that solving that first mystery, digging up that first skeleton gave me a rush of excitement I can't describe! The excitement is still there after all these years.
• Newfoundland (not really Canadian, as my grandfather left NFL prior to it joining Canada)
I have interests in Ireland and Wales still to pursue, but have a basic but growing knowledge.
Professionally, I have a growing expertise in New Zealand, and am starting to make headway on Australian, based on working in the field for the last 12 months.
Central Auckland Research Centre is a certified "Family Search Family History Research Centre"
- Ireland further back.
Husband's: Wales and England
• HARVEY – Carbonear, Newfoundland and Kent England;
• POTTLE – Carbonear, Newfoundland;
• BOOTHER – Kent and London, England;
• SULLIVAN – Kent, England and Cork, Ireland
• McKENZIE – Aberdeen, Scotland;
• SWANSON – Aberdeen and Olrig, Caithness, Scotland;
• LITTLE– Kilmanock, Ayr and Edinburgh, Scotland;
• DUNCAN – Edinburgh, and Cupar, Fife Scotland
• LEWIS, Caernarvon, Wales
• JONES, Caernarvon, Wales
• FIPKIN, London, England
• ANDERSON, London, England
This is where my grandfather grew up. Would like to visit and visit the family home and the cemetery where my ancestors are buried. My grandfather didn't share much info about himself, so I would like to try and connect with him somehow.
And I love social media as a sharing research tool.
Family: husband, 2 girls - twins; pets (chocolate labrador dog, two cats)
• Dance like there is no one is watching. Live like there is no tomorrow. Love like you've never been hurt.
• Work hard, play hard
• There's always three sides to every story – your side, my side and the truth!
I am passionate about family history. I really believe in the saying "how do you know who you are, if you don't know where you have come from?"
Skeletons are to be celebrated not be ashamed of. But you do need to be sensitive to those who think and feel differently.
I am still learning, still consider myself a newbie. I will never consider my family history complete.
I am very happy to have been accepted into the social media circle of genealogists and family historians, and have learnt alot from them. Twitter and Facebook are great research tools as well as fantastic ways of communicating!