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Transcript of Family History
Use these resources to locate family around the country
Birth, Death & Marriage Records
Finding Birth, Death & Marriage Records
Filling in the gaps
Arriving in New Zealand
Search passenger lists with these resources
And if you are interested in more
family history resources...
Looking back ...
Use these resources to find family overseas
Births, Deaths, Marriages, Parish, Census and War records
Getting started with
European New Zealand
Historical Births Deaths and Marriages
Christchurch City Council Cemeteries database
Use these resources to begin searching for family members,
try first name & surname.
Other Cemeteries and cemetery records at
Use these checklists to support your searching
Ancestry Library edition in Christchurch City Libraries
New Zealand Electoral Rolls 1853 -1981
New Zealand, City and Area Directories 1866-1954
Access government records through
- probate, war, health records
has biographical and service details for over 115,000 New Zealand service men and women from the 19th century till today and especially from World War One and World War Two.
has 28 million digital items to discover
New Zealand treasures from museums, libraries
and archives. Links to Papers Past.
provides free online access to
New Zealand Passenger Lists 1839 - 1973
FindMyPast Library edition
for Passenger Lists
leaving the U.K after 1890. Access the Library Edition
for free at your local library.
Papers Past, historical newspapers
reported shipping lists
with name and arrival of ships and passenger names.
British historical newspapers, access from home with your library card and password
How to begin your family history
Use these New Zealand resources to find extra information
A to J's Online -Papers Past neglected cousin
Also access New Zealand Probate Records 1843-1998 from
New Zealand Electronic Text Centre
Dictionary of New Zealand Biography
Explore over 3,000 stories
The Community Archive
New Zealand’s hub for archival collections
A guide to online resources from Christchurch City Libraries
Start with yourself and work backwards through each generation -> you -> your parents -> grandparents etc.
Interview relatives, write or talk
to family members, if you can,
to start gathering information .
Record what you find and where you find it, dates / places / people e.g. a shipping record at New Zealand Passenger Lists 1839-1973, on Family Search.
Be careful to not make assumptions about ancestors e.g. try different spellings of family names if you get stuck.
Keep checking the material you gather - find more than one way to verify information
e.g. a birth record & a birth notice of a grandparent.
Will you use paper records?
Online genealogy software?
Popular programmes are
Legacy, FamilyTreeMaker, RootsMagic.
Get started with this Family History Guide at