Updates – April 2014


Updates have been added to my New Zealand Genealogy Project website.  Previous updates were in December 2013.

Genealogy Project Website Masthead

Changes and updates include:

  • Additional biographical details added for Frederick Ernest Trueman (1897-1903) and Norman Edward Trueman (1903-1903) based on newspaper reports of their deaths.
  • The Site Visitors page updated to include visitor details from Google Analytics for 2013, and statistics on the 25,000 visits over four years.
  • Additional family photo added to photo page for Christian August Berkahn.
  • Photographs of Alice Jones (1894-1981) and Walter Jones (1896-1980) added to page of Family notes for David Jones.
  • New page added to site with photograph of nurse Alice Jones (1894-1981).
  • An 1894 letter from Elizabeth McLaren (nee Duxfield) to her children, in case she died, added to her biographical notes. A photograph of Elizabeth’s notebook that contains the letter is shown below.
  • New photo of St Mary’s Matawai Anglican Church added to Matawai page, replacing a previous photo from Google.
  • New page added to site with historical photographs of the Gisborne to Motuhora (Moutohora) railway.
  • Menus and Site map page updated to include links to new pages.

People photographs were obtained during a recent visit to New Zealand. In a visit to Tairawhiti Museum in Gisborne, Dudley Meadows was very patient in looking for photos about Matawai I could use – a couple have been used for the page of photos from the Gisborne to Motuhora (Moutohora) railway.

Elizabeth Duxfield's notebook
Elizabeth Duxfield’s notebook. The 90 mm by 60 mm notebook is closed with an ivory pencil.

Site Update


This post is to let you know about recent changes to my website – Chris Korte’s New Zealand Genealogy Project.

The Site visitors page was updated using visitor data from Google Analytics. Information for three calendar years is included in the report. The number of visitors increased in 2012 compared with 2010 and 2011. In 2012 there were over 190 visits per month by visitors who looked at the site, each looking at 3-4 pages on average per visit (these were the “non-bounce” visits).

A new page added with information about Awatuna in Taranaki was added to the site. Awatuna is the district where the Korte family settled in Taranaki, cleared the forest, and dairy farmed.  The purpose of the page is to provide some photos and history on the settlement, now almost gone.

Details of Thomas McLAREN (1862-1958) have been updated, following research showing that his brothers emigrated from Ireland several years before him (instead of all traveling to New Zealand together).

The location of Abergavenny Farmhouse, Scoulton, United Kingdom was added to Rushbrooke family notes. I had visited the farm in 2005 but was unable to locate it on a map previously. Abergavenny Farm is where Ernest Edwin RUSHBROOKE (1859-1940) spent his early life.

A new page was added to the site giving details of Clipbush Barn, Abergavenny Farm, Scoulton – a farm building converted into a residence.  When I visited Abergavenny Farm in 2005 the barn was derelict, but it has since been fenced off and converted into a modern residence.

Abandoned farm buildings in 2005 at Abergavenny Farm, Scoulton.
Abandoned farm buildings in 2005 at Abergavenny Farm, Scoulton, Norfolk.
Clipbush Barn
Clipbush Barn, Abergavenny Farm, Scoulton, Norwich. This is the building front right in photo above.

Another change to the site has been to better enable it for mobile devices like the iphone and ipad.  To achieve this three templates are used for layout.  For iphones, tap on the text to expand to screen width – the layout is affected by a rootsweb header that cannot be reduced in size to match the screen size.

Google Maps


I have just tried Google Maps, and it provides an easy way to put maps on your web site. I had some maps made in Photoshop on my site (and still there), but Google Maps allows a lot more!

I wanted to show a farm location on my page for Ruanui Farm at Matawai.  I created an outline of the farm, by tracing over the satellite image in Google Maps, then displayed both the overlay and satellite image. The result below shows the farm outline relative to the highway and Matawai.  With the simple instructions available, this was all very easy to achieve.

In addition to the map above, I was able to paste the code from Google Maps into Likno Modal Windows software to create pop-up windows with a map.   I was quickly able to generate pop-up maps linked to the several static maps on my site.

You can get instructions on adding Google Maps from WordPress support. Also search Google for further help.

Matawai, NZ – Most visisted page


In December 2009 I added a page to my site that provides information about Matawai and its history. Matawai is a small settlement in the east of New Zealand’s North Island.

In November 2010 this page became the most visited page on the site. 70% of pageviews are from New Zealand. Visitors viewed the page for 6 minutes on average.

I am not sure why this page is popular, compared to other pages? Perhaps because there is limited information about the location on the internet?  Do you have any suggestions?

Map showing location of Matawai
Matawai, New Zealand