Websites for family history research

See also: guide to researching First World War soldiers.

Recently added searchable pdf version of the 1940 Dictionary of NZ Biography.

On this page:

General

Births, Deaths and Marriages

  • Australasia Births Deaths and Marriages Exchange - A place to share information about details contained on birth, death and marriage registrations registered in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Births, Deaths and Marriages Historical Records - The Births, Deaths and Marriages registry (BDM) registers all births, deaths and marriages which take place in New Zealand. The database provides the records of: Births that occurred at least 100 years ago; Stillbirths that occurred at least 50 years ago; Marriages and eventually Civil Unions that occurred 80 years ago; Deaths that occurred at least 50 years ago or the deceased's date of birth was at least 80 years ago.
  • Register of Otago & Southland Marriages 1848-1920 - This database covers almost all of Otago and an ever increasing number of pre-1920 Southland Presbyterian marriages.
  • Marriages database - Undertaken by Otago University. Enables searching of marriage index records for a second spouse by using year and folio number, and from 1840-1862 by name. Māori data spans 1904-1959.
  • Marriage records - UK based site for people researching historical marriages
  • Varcoe's New Zealand Marriages Index - Database of New Zealand marriage records, 1840-62. Designed to be used in conjunction with the microfiche Marriages Indexes published by the New Zealand Registrar-General's Office.

Shipping/Passenger Lists

Cemetery Records

  • Genealogy Place Map - comprehensive searchable map showing exact locations of New Zealand cemeteries, memorials and other places of interest to genealogists
  • Interment.net cemetery transcription library - Links to New Zealand cemetery record transcriptions, organised by province.
  • New Zealand Armed Forces Memorial Project - Project to photograph and collect a pictorial record of New Zealand war graves and memorials both overseas and in New Zealand and to record the stories of military personnel, whether they lost their lives or returned home. Site has links to Commonwealth War Graves Commission and numerous military sites.
  • New Zealand Cemeteries - links to Cemetery records from all over New Zealand.

Whakapapa

  • Iwidex - Index to published and unpublished information sources on tribal history, tikanga-a-iwi, and whakapapa held in the Heritage and Research Collections of Auckland City Libraries.
  • Kerēme : rākau teitei e iwa = nine tall trees - Searchable selective index to the Ngāi Tahu Māori Trust Board Claim before the Waitangi Tribunal. Material indexed includes iwi, hapu, marae, individual people, organisations, places and events.
  • Māori Resources - Introduction to tracing whakapapa, significant tribal resources held in Manukau Libraries, a map showing iwi and waka, and links to a selection of sites with Maori content. Available in Māori and English. 
  • Whakapapa - An introductory resource into researching Māori genealogy. Includes location of items in the University of Auckland Library and an iwi map.
  • Whakapapa Club - A site containing useful information and forums relating to Whakapapa.
  • Whakapapa Maori - useful portal site for Maori whakapapa information

Forums and Bulletin Boards

Guides

Archive Guides

General Family History

Immigrant Groups

Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand includes entries on all the main immigrant groups to New Zealand. See also:

  • Ancestry.com - major international genealogy database
  • Bohemia: The Bohemian Association - A group of whose ancestors settled in Puhoi and Ohaupo.
  • Chinese: Chinese in New Zealand - A site which reflects Steven Young's interest in the Chinese community in New Zealand, and particularly in Wellington. Includes his published articles, also the transcript of a speech by Dr James Ng, 'Chinese Settlement in New Zealand - Past, Present and Future'; and proceedings of 'Chinese in Australasia and the Pacific: Old and New Migrations and Cultural Change', Conference for the Study of Overseas Chinese, University of Otago, 20-21 November 1998. Also provides family histories, and a section on the Government's formal apology on 12 February 2002 to those who were required to pay a poll tax before entering New Zealand, and to their descendents and families.
  • Chinese: History of the poll tax in New Zealand - A history and database of Certificate of Entry (poll tax) books for Chinese arrivals to Wellington from 1888 to 1901. Site provided by the Office of Ethnic Affairs.
  • Irish: New Zealand-Ireland Connection - Established to highlight the historical and contemporary connections between New Zealand and Ireland. In addition to a brief history of Irish emigration, it has a bibliography; details of New Zealand connections in Ireland; past and contemporary Irish connections in New Zealand; a list of Irish migrants; and links to relevant sites.
  • Jewish: Judaism in New Zealand - from Stephen Levine's site advertising his book, A Standard for the People 1843-1993.
  • Polish: Polish heritage of Otago and Southland - Polish Heritage of Otago and Southland Trust site describes the activities of the Polish community in the regions. Includes a brief history of the Trust, a photo gallery, news, letters, articles, an online newsletter and genealogy information. Some content in Polish.
  • Polish: The Invited by Krystyna Skwarko. The story of a Polish woman who was deeply involved with the education of the young Polish refugees when they were first gathered together in Southern Russia and the old Persian capital of Isfahan during the early part of the Second World War. She then accompanied them in 1944 on the long journey to a permanent home in New Zealand where she became a teacher and guide at the Polish Children's Camp in Pahiatua. Site hosted by the Consulate of the Republic of Poland, Auckland.
  • Scots: 'Going Abroad' - Companion web page to John MacGibbon's book which looks at early Scottish settlers in Otago and Southland. Includes, 'Passenger arrivals at Port Chalmers, 1848-1851': A database of all the early passengers, corrected and expanded from lists published in 1898 by Dr Hocken. This contains quite a bit of genealogical information as well as names.

Please email info@nzhistory.net.nz if you notice any of these links not working or if would like to suggest other links that could be added.

How to cite this page: 'Genealogy links', URL: http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/hands/links-genealogy/genealogy-links, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 28-Mar-2014