Jan Gow is one of New Zealand’s top genealogists, according to an article in the Auckland Stuff online newspaper. She spends her days searching through information, hunting for clues, and piecing together fragments of the past. It’s something that captivated her in the early 1980s.
Jan is also is one of the key speakers at an upcoming writers’ forum hosted by the St Helier’s Writing Group. The online newspaper article describes her genealogy work and then points out that she is but one of the speakers at the upcoming writers’ forum.
The article continues, " Mrs. Gow gives advice on how to trace your family in a regular Net Guide column, teaches night classes and takes groups of people on genealogy tours.
"I just love helping people," she says.
The article also describes Jan Gow as "bubbly." I agree. I have had the pleasure of meeting Jan a number of times, both in the United States and in New Zealand. She is, indeed, an energetic lady who throws herself into whatever task is in front of her. She always gives 110%. It's great to see her talents recognized in the article.
You can find the article about Jan Gow and see a great picture of her at http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/east-bays-courier/3363598/Writing-runs-in-the-blood.
Jan is also the owner of Beehive Books and the leader of frequent genealogy tours to the United States and elsewhere. Last year she chaired a major international conference in Auckland, the the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations. I had a chance to attend that conference and interviewed Jan for an episode of Roots Television. You can watch that interview at You can watch my interview with Jan Gow at: http://www.rootstelevision.com/players/player_conferences3.php?bcpid=6933799001&bclid=10538975001&bctid=10547509001 to learn just a bit more about this great lady.