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Jan Gow  

Jan Gow

Jan Gow has been 'Hooked on Genealogy' since 1981 when she won an airfare to the States and included Salt Lake City in her itinerary. She has been a tutor, author and lecturer at local, national and international levels since 1985. She has served three years as Treasurer and three years as President of New Zealand Society of Genealogists. She has been the Liaison Officer for FamilySearch/NZSG, and is a NZSG Life Member and Board Member Association Professional Genealogists. She has owned Beehive Books since 1987, the one-stop-shop for NZ genealogists and led 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. Jan was awarded the AFFHO Award for Meritorious Service to Family History in 2006. Also the QSM (Queen's Service Medal) in NZ's 2012 New Year's Honours and was elected a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists in June, 2012. She was Programme Committee Chair for the AFFHO Congress in Auckland in 2009, and the instigator of the NZ Family History Fair in 2010. She, for ten years, wrote a monthly genealogy column for NZ's Netguide magazine, with a feature article most years. Jan says "I need another category on my passport - that of Auskiwi - born in Australia, but live in Auckland NZ".