Discovering people and places of the past

Discovering people and places of the past

Maggie Gaffney is a professional family and local historian specialising in New Zealand, Britain and Ireland research.

She can help you discover your family and the places where they lived, decipher documents that might shed light on your ancestors and their lives, and provide guidance on undertaking your own research journey.



Tracing a family line back or uncovering an elusive ancestor


Deciphering documents from the 16th to the 19th century


Research review and planning


Presentations that inform and inspire

Maggie Gaffney

Maggie Gaffney

A fourth-generation New Zealander, Maggie Gaffney lives in Wellington and has traced her ancestors back to Ireland, England and Scotland.

She is a tutor with the Institute of Heraldic & Genealogical Studies, and holds their Diploma in Genealogy as well as an Advanced Diploma in Local History from the University of Oxford.

Need a hand with your family history?

Free initial assessment with no obligation

Classroom with students raising their hands in the air

He aha te mea nui o te ao?

He tangata, he tangata, he tangata!

What is the most important thing in the world? 

It is people, it is people, it is people!

Family tree charts for special occasions

Portion of a family tree chart showing three individuals with photos