Sarah Hewitt has been doing her family tree for over 20 years, following in the footsteps of her two New Zealand-born grandparents. In that time she has solved family mysteries, uncovered scandals and met (electronically and in person) cousins from around the world.
She has also witnessed how the changes in technology have affected genealogy in the 21st Century. When she started, you had to go to the records, now the internet helps the records come to you. This has helped Sarah research family in the British Isles, Pennsylvania and Shanghai.
Sarah has written articles on using newspapers, blogging your family tree and her gg-grandmother's bible for the New Zealand Genealogist magazine, published by the New Zealand Society of Genealogists (NZSG). She has also contributed biographies of the women who signed the 1893 Women's Suffrage Petition to the He Tohu exhibition.
She is an active member of the NZSG. She is currently Convenor of the Kilbirnie branch of the NZSG, as well as technical editor for Genealogix, their monthly newsletter.