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Jan Gow

I have been ‘Hooked on Genealogy’ since 1981 when I won an airfare to the States. On a friend’s suggestion,  I spent my first 5 days in Salt Lake City!! Still a ‘crawling’ genealogist, I certainly graduated to a ‘walking’ genealogist at a fast trot!!  All these years later, I am still a walking, running, galloping, marathoning, travelling, surfing, gliding, cruising, eat’n ‘n sleep’n, genealogist! 

I am also a tutor, author and lecturer at local, national and international levels since 1985.  And on cruise ships!

Service includes three years Treasurer and then three years President New Zealand Society of Genealogists and various appointed Offices - presently the Liaison Officer for FamilySearch/NZSG.  NZSG Life Member (earned, not purchased). Past Board Member Association Professional Genealogists.

Owner of Beehive Books (since 1987), the one-stop-shop for genealogists and Hooked on Genealogy Tours (since 1992) – each year preparing and escorting genealogists to Salt Lake City for three weeks and on to the UK for a further three weeks.

Awarded the AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations) Award for Meritorious Service to Family History in 2006.
On the organising committee for the AFFHO Congress in Auckland in 2009, and the NZ Family History Fair in 2010.

Ten years writing a monthly genealogy column for NZ’s Netguide magazine, with a feature article most years.

Really enjoying being one of the presenters on FamilySearch’s Research Classes Online.  I have said there that I need another category on my passport - that of Auskiwi - born in Australia, but live in NZ. With husband, in Auckland, but our three children live overseas - so we really appreciate Skype.