Archives New Zealand holds many records that are helpful in conducting research. However, if you find that we do not hold the records you are interested in the following sources may help you.
Libraries and archives
Local City Council Archives hold many records of interest, including housing records, local building and city planning records, community groups and associations, local business, as well as city services and council employment. These records will vary between cities.
Many local libraries hold family history records, particularly focused towards the significant families of the region.
- The Community Archive is New Zealand’s hub for archival collections. Here you will find treasures of our past and present. Contributors range from individuals and small local organisations through to large institutions with nationally-significant collections.
- The National Library and Alexander Turnbull Library hold many family history records, including electoral rolls, newspapers (Papers Past), manuscript collections, images, school records, and many more. Published sources are also the best way to begin your research, before you move on to archives.
- The Hocken Library in Dunedin holds many of the regions historic records, including the Otago Education Board records.
- Auckland City Libraries have an extensive historical and heritage collection, including material donated by Sir George Grey in 1887 and Auckland passenger lists.
- FamilySearch has partnered with Archives New Zealand to digitise New Zealand passenger lists. On the FamilySearch website you search or browse New Zealand passenger lists from 1855 - 1973. Please note that the indexing of these lists is still occurring.
- The New Zealand Society of Genealogists can be of great help to people researching their family history. They can supply advice, access to databases their members have compiled, and research assistance.
- The Births, Deaths and Marriages historical database provides references to birth, death and marriage certificates.
- The Canterbury Museum holds Antarctic archives, as well as artworks, manuscripts and other resources of interest.
- The Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database lists the service and some biographical details of the service men and women from the nineteenth century until today, with particular focus on World War One and World War Two.
- For personnel files for service men and women after 1920 contact the New Zealand Defence Force Personnel Archives.
- The New Zealand Electronic Text Centre (NZETC) is a source of full text historic published material, including official war histories and New Zealand history texts.
- The Public Records Office of Victoria provides an online database of passengers travelling to and from Victoria, Australia during the nineteenth century.
- Ancestors On Board contains searchable passenger list records for the late nineteenth century until the 1960s. The references are provided for free, you will be asked for payment if you wish to download information.
Each City Council is responsible for cemetery records. Some of the major councils have compiled online databases for researchers:
Please contact the appropriate council for further information regarding cemetery records.
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