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Looking for Charles Harmer of London, later Wairoa New Zealand

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I ahev only recently been curious about my grandfather's family and where they came from. I've discovered his father was Charles, HARMER late of London. Sadly, anything prior to his arriving in New Zealand is unknown.
His surviving granddaughter, Amy Findlay SCIASCIA, is keen to learn about her grandfather as her father, Arthur James HARMER, was reluctant to discuss his family so she knows virtually nothing.
I am hoping that we will be able to fill in numerous gaps as to why he came here.

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on 2011-01-15 18:12:17

novice has been a Family Tree Circles member since Jan 2011. is researching the following names: HARMER.

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by ngairedith on 2011-01-15 18:24:56

the information in the following journal will help others to indentify this family and hopefully fill in the gaps for youCharles Harmer - London to Wairoa

by allycat on 2011-01-15 18:50:40

Dear Novice, Hi. The first thing you need to do is ask any and all family members for copies of old birth, baptismal, death and marriage certificates, Wills, etc. so as to reduce the costs of genealogy.

Think about how you will store the data that you find. Believe me it will add up quickly if you really are interested. You can use the paper method RootsWeb - Charts & Forms firstly, then later you can transfer your data in an electronic format. There are many software packages available, some good ones for free even. You can try downloading Personal Ancestral File from FamilySearch. I use this and it's brilliant. It takes a bit of getting used to at first but really it's easy. It generates a file called a GEDCOM which is basically 'genealogical data communications'.

Then you might want to think about joining up as a member of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists. It's possible that they have a great deal on your ancestry already.

Meanwhile, you can register as a new user of Rootschat for free - have same username 'novice' if not taken. Click on 'enter rootschat' then scroll down to their 'Research in other countries' ... 'New Zealand' childboard. You will find their resources helpful, and also you can post lookup requests.

by novice on 2011-01-15 23:52:51

Thanks for your very welcome support re my search. As a novice, knowing that someone else has tried avenues and found which are helpful in gaining as much info as possible is a huge help. I will certainly undertake to contact the suggested websites.
Thanks again to you both.

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