Life is like a never-ending treasure hunt for genealogist Janet Gow. Her service and dedication to helping Kiwis find their familial roots has earned her a Queen's Service Medal.

The accolade comes after almost 30 years of volunteering with the New Zealand Society of Genealogists in various roles. "I'm very humbled. It's a big thrill to receive the honour and I hope that it's going to a good thing for genealogy in this country," she says.

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