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Archives and Libraries
Archives New Zealand  This site has details about the Archives, holdings, publications and Archway for online searches. An excellent series of Research Guides can be downloaded (PDF). These cover personal identity (BDMs, probate etc), citizenship, war, migration, education, mental health and more.

National Library of New Zealand - Digital Collections  Collections include Image search with  half a million+ images online,  Papers Past with digitised pages from 77 New Zealand newspapers and periodicals (1839-1945) and a wide variety of other online material. 

Directory of New Zealand Libraries  Lists contact details and information for New Zealand libraries.

Early New Zealand Books Project This project by the University of Auckland Library provides keyword-searchable text of significant books (currently 116 titles) published about New Zealand in the 19th century.

Auckland City Libraries Digital Library's history and genealogy online databases include Auckland passenger arrivals and vessels; city street names; crown grants; Auckland police census; cemetery records; 1881 electoral rolls; photographers, armed constabulary plus much more.

Matapihi Offers searches for pictures, sounds and objects from New Zealand's archives, galleries, libraries and museums.

The Community Archive This site, previously known as the National Register of Archives and Manuscripts, is a hub for New Zealand's archival organisations to manage and showcase their collections. It is a free, easy to use mini archive management system. Contributors range from individuals and small local organisations through to large institutions with nationally significant collections.

Birth, Death, Marriage and Probate Records
CoraWeb Quick Sheet 007 UK & Ireland, New Zealand: Certificate costs and contacts

Birth, Death and Marriage Historical Records  Search for 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 and deaths that occurred at least 50 years ago or the deceased's date of birth was at least 80 years ago.     

New Zealand Births, Deaths and Marriages Office 

Genfindit An ordering service for New Zealand birth, death or marriage certificates (1848-2009).

Presbyterian Church Archives of Aotearoa These archives offers cnline searching of  New Zealand Presbyterian marriage (1848-1930) and baptism (1848-1920) registers.

FamilySearch  The  Historical Record Collections  for Australia and New Zealand include:
• New Zealand, Probate Records.
This collection includes digital images of probate records from the Archives of New Zealand. This is an ongoing project with images added as they become available. Use Archway to locate relavant records.

Archway Archives New Zealand’s system for documenting government records. Use Archway to search for probate and other records.

List of Online New Zealand cemeteries and cemetery records This can be found on the Christchurch City Libraries site.

Interment.net New Zealand cemetery record transcripts. Complete listings or significant partial listings are available for: Arundel
(part); Te Puke (Bay of Plenty); Houhora, Mount Camel, Hukerenui, St Saviours, Kaitaia, Towai, Waiharara and Pipiwai (Northland Province); Lawrence (Central Otago); Kelvin Grove (Palmerston North-part) and Eastern Cemetery (Invercargill-part).

Auckland City Libraries Digital Library  Includes cemetery records for Hillsborough, Onetangi, Waiheke Island, Otahuhu Public and Waikaraka. There is also databases for St Stephen's (1849-1982) and Symonds Street, Auckland's main cemetery until 1886.

Auckland City Council Cemetery Records The Council manages 52 active cemeteries. This page offers access to available online records. 

Ashburton District Council  Covers cemeteries at Ashburton, Methven, Rakaia, Chertsey, Mt Somers, Ruapuna, Alford Forest, Winslow, Hinds, Waterton, Barrhill, Dorie, Windermere, Coldstream and Cracroft. This site offers an alphabetical online search.

Buller District Council. There is an online cemetery search available to Council cemeteries that include: Orowaiti cemetery, Mokihinui cemetery, Reefton Suburban cemetery, Boatmans cemetery and Karamea cemetery (currently not online). Closed cemeteries include: Middle Orowaiti cemetery, Old Orowaiti cemetery, Old Reefton cemetery, Waimangaroa cemetery, Charleston cemetery, Inangahua cemetery, Addisons Flat cemetery and Lyell cemetery (currently not online). New

Cambridge Museum Cemeteries Index  Includes Cambridge cemetery burials and headstones to 1910, Pukerimu cemetery to 1981 and Leamington cemetery.

Carterton District Council. There is an online search for the Clareville cemetery. New

Central Hawke's Bay District Council Offers online burial searches for Waipawa, Waipukurau, Takapau, Onga Onga (Forest Gate), Tikokino (Hampton), Otane (Kaikora North), Porangahau, Ashley Clinton, Makaretu and Elsthorpe. 

Christchurch City Council Cemeteries Database Includes the following: Addington cemetery, Avonhead Park cemetery, Barbadoes Street, Belfast cemetery, Bromley cemetery, Linwood cemetery, Memorial Park cemetery, Ruru Lawn cemetery, Sydenham cemetery, Waimairi cemetery, Woolston cemetery and Yaldhurst cemetery.

Dunedin City CouncilThe Council administers 20 cemeteries and one crematorium (in Dunedin). There is an online cemetery search available. Photos of headstones in the Southern Cemetery have been added to the site.  

Far North District Council. This site has an online search for the following cemeteries: Broadwood, Fairburn, Herekino, Houhora, Kaeo, Kaikohe, Kaitaia, Kawakawa, Kerikeri (Wiroa), Kohukohu, Mangonui, Mangungu, Okaihau, Oruaiti, Paihia, Paranui, Peria, Rawene and Russell. New

Geraldine - Woodbury Cemetery. This site by the South Canterbury NZGenWeb Project has an online list of transcriptions.It also includes relevant newpaper clippings and obituaries. New

Gisborne District Council. The online database search includes the following cemeteries: Makaraka, Matahiia, Motu, Ormond, Patutahi, Rakauroa, Ruatoria, Taruheru, Te Araroa, Te Puia, Tologa Bay and Tokomaru Bay. Headstone photos and inscriptions are available for the Taruheru cemetery. New

Gore District Council. The online database search includes the following cemeteries: Charlton, Gore, Mataura, Otaraia, Pukerau and Waikaka. New

Hamilton City Council Online Cemetery Database  Covers Hamilton Park, Hamilton East and Hamilton West cemeteries.

Hastings District Council - Online Cemetery Records Database Covers Hastings, Havelock North, Mangaroa and Puketapu cemeteries. Updated

Hauraki District Council Online Searches Covers Paeroa (Pukerimu) cemetery, Waihi cemetery and Hauraki Plains Memorial Wall .

Horowhenua District Council  The online cemetery search covers Avenue cemetery, Foxton cemetery, Ihakara cemetery, Koputaroa cemetery, Manakau cemetery, Old Levin cemetery and Shannon cemetery. Updated

Hurunui District Council Cemetery Database Covers Balcairn, Cheviot (Homeview), Culverden, Glenmark, Hanmer Springs, Hawarden (Horsley Down), Rotherham, Waiau and Waikari cemeteries.

Hutt City Cemeteries Online
This online database covers Taita Cemetery (new/lawn section) and Wainuiomata Garden of Remembrance. There is an online contact for information on records from the Old Section of Taita Cemetery. New

Kapiti Coast District Council  There are  alphabetical lists of interments for Kapiti Coast district cemetery interments, Awa-Tapu, Paraparaumu Beach, Otaki and Waikanae cemeteries. 

Kawerau District Council Burial records can be downloaded as a PDF file.

Mackenzie District Council (Fairlie) Offers an online cemetery database search.

Manawatu District Council Cemetery Search Covers Feilding, Rongotea, Halcombe, Sandon (Sanson), Kimbolton, Rangiwahia, Waituna West and Pohangina.

Masterton District Council Cemetery Archives Search for Archer Street and Riverside cemeteries. 

Napier City Council. The online database search includes the following cemeteries: Eskdale,Western Hills and Wharerangi. This ongoing project is currently working on Taradale cemetery with Park Island and Napier Hill cemeteries to follow. New

Nelson City Council online cemeteries database

New Plymouth District Council online cemeteries database

Norsewood Cemetery & Settlers' Genealogies Project The graves of many Scandinavian immigrants, predominantly Norwegians, can be found here. Online data is available.

Opotiki Cemeteries.  The online search covers the Opotiki Public Cemetery, the Old Military Cemetery and the Woodlands Cemetery. A search returns surname, given name and death date. New

Otorohanga District Council. The online database search includes the following cemeteries: Kawhia and Otorohanga. New

Palmerston North City Council Online Services include a  Cemetery and Cremation Search for Ashhurst, Kelvin Grove and Terrace End cemeteries. 

Porirua City Council  Offers online searches of Porirua and Whenua Tapu and Pauatahanui cemeteries.

Purewa Cemetery & Crematorium (Auckland)  Offers a burial & cremation search.

Queenstown Lakes District Council.The Council manages 10 out of the 11 cemeteries in the Queenstown Lakes District. The online cemetery search includes the following: Albert Town cemetery, Arrowtown cemetery, Cardrona cemetery, Frankton cemetery, Glenorchy cemetery, Kingston cemetery, Makarora cemetery, Queenstown Cemetery, Skippers Point cemetery and Wanaka cemetery. There is a contact for information about the burial records for Lake Hawea cemetery. New

Rangitikei District Council. The online cemetery search includes the following cemeteries: Clifton (Bulls),Mangaweka, Mt View (Marton),  Ratana, Taihape and Turakina. New

Rotorua District Council. The online cemetery search includes the following cemeteries: Kauae, Mamakau, Ngakuru, Reporoa and Rotorua (cemeteries and crematorium). New

South Taranaki District Council Offers access to cemetery records for Eltham, Hawera, Kaponga, Manaia, Okaiawa, Opunake, Otakeho, Patea and Waihi (Normanby).

South Waikato District Council. The online cemetery search includes the following cemeteries: Putaruru (2), Tirau and Tokoroa. New

Southland District Council. There are 64 cemeteries or grave sites in Southland, 21 of which are managed by Council.There is an online cemetery search available. New

Stratford District Council. The online cemetery search includes the following cemeteries: Kopuatama, Midhurst New, Midhurst Old, Pioneer, Tahora, Waipuku and Whangamomona cemeteries. New

Tararua District Council online cemetery search  

Tasman District Council cemetery search

Tauranga City Council has collaborated with Rotorua District Council to enable online searching of the following Tauranga cemeteries: Pyes Pa Memorial Park, Presbyterian cemetery, Methodist cemetery, Catholic cemetery, Anglican cemetery and the Latter-day Saints cemetery. The online search does not include information for the Mission cemetery and Maori burial grounds. New

Taupo District Council cemetery database online

Thames Coromandel District Council Online burial records for Bufallo, Christ Church (Anglican), Colville, Mercury Bay, Omahu, Shortland, Tairua, Tararu, Totara Memorial Park, Whangamata.

Timaru District Council's online cemeteries database

Upper Hutt City Council Offers an online search of Akatarawa cemetery.

Waimakariri District Council. The online cemetery database offers searches of the following cemeteries: Cust, Kaiapoi, Oxford and Rangiora. New

Waipa District Council. The online cemetery database offers searches of the following cemeteries: Hautapu, Kihikihi, Leamington, Ohaupo, Paterangi, Pirongia, Puahue, Pukeatua, Pukerimu and Te Awamutu. New

Waitaki District Council. The online cemeteries burial search includes the Oamaru cemetery and Oamaru lawn cemetery. New

Wanganui District Council. There is an online cemetery search database (does not list what cemeteries are included). The main cemetery is Aramoho cemetery with other cemeteries at Brunswick, Heads Road, Matarawa and Maxwell. This database is an ongoing project with data being added as it becomes available. New

Westland District Council cemeteries online

Whangarei District Council cemetery records online

Immigration and Shipping
Archives New Zealand Migration Reference Guide (PDF) This guide covers shipping records, immigration 1840-1970, special group/nationality migrations, other immigration sources and emigration.

Ancestorsonboard.com A database to Outward Passenger Lists for voyages departing the British Isles 1890-1960 for Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa and USA. The free name search lists names, age, sex, departure year and port, destination port and county plus details of transcripts and images which are available for a fee. 

FamilySearch  The free  Historical Record Collections  for Australia and New Zealand include:
• Immigration Passenger Lists, 1855-1973

These passenger lists include immigrants arriving mostly from the British Isles, and also from Western Europe, Asia, and Polynesia. These records are indexed and linked to images of the original passenger lists. This is an ongoing project with data being added as it becomes available. 

Ancestry.com - New Zealand, Naturalisations, 1843-1981 This database contains an index of persons who were naturalised or given citizenship in New Zealand. Citizenship did not begin until 1949, but persons who were not born within the British Commonwealth and applied for naturalisation were given British citizenship prior to 1949. Depending on the register, the records may include: name of individual, age or birth date, birthplace, place of residence, former nationality, naturalisation date, file number, certificate register and register page number. There is a free name search with various subscription options available. Images of the records are not available due to privacy restrictions.

Datamarine's War Brides Index  An index to war bride passenger lists for ships bound for Canada, United States, Australia and New Zealand 1946-1947. A search returns name and destination country. Fees apply for further details.

New Zealand Yesteryears  This site provides 19th Century History Resources for Genealogists. This ongoing site has 942+ ships listed plus 2434+ passenger lists online. It also includes ships' images and diaries where available. A site search engine enables surname searching. 

Auckland City Libraries - Digital Library - Auckland Area Passenger Arrivals 1838-1886 and 1909-1921  Also includes Auckland Passenger Vessels (1838-1885) . 

FamNet - NZ Settlers and Immigrants. This free online searchable database lists name, New Zealand arrival date and place, ship, birth date and place, genealogy database (GDB) link (paid) and notes. New

The New Zealand Maritime Record This site is maintained by the NZ National Maritime Museum offers access to The Maritime Histories -Ship Index which  includes 1,500+ images and details of migrant liners in the Antipodean service, historic New Zealand vessels, preserved New Zealand ships of historic interest, alpine lake steamers, wrecks and hulks of Lyttelton Harbour, New Zealand maritime disasters, distinguished ocean liners plus links to other sites about ships with a specific NZ connection.

New Zealand Maritime Index Part of the Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum site. This index allows you to search for vessels, organisations, subjects, and people, mentioned in a number of publications currently being indexed by the Museum.

New Zealand Bound A gateway site for locating emigrant ships arriving in New Zealand. Includes links to passenger lists online plus links to other shipping sites.

1000+ Passenger Lists for ships to New Zealand Arrivals and departures for coastal shipping are also listed, some with passenger lists.

Immigrant Ships to New Zealand 1835-1910 Lists the movements of ships. Some passenger lists are available.

Passenger arrivals at Port Chalmers March 1848 to January 1851 This site also includes a corrected version of Dr Hocken's appendix to his 1898 book Contributions to the Early History of New Zealand (Otago) which lists passengers from Great Britain to Otago (Port Chalmers) 1848-1851.

The NZ Ireland Connection This site highlights the connections between New Zealand and Ireland. A list of New Zealand's Irish Immigrants is available online (contributions welcome).

Resources and Link Sites
Papers Past  This site contains 2+ million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The collection covers 1839 to 1945 and includes 77 titles from all regions of New Zealand. Updated

Dictionary of New Zealand Biography This site offers access to 3000+ biographies online (deceased persons only).

Goldrush Online This site, by Kae Lewis, has a searchable database to 50,000+ gold-miners. Many of these gold miners came for a short time from Australia. Updated

University of Waikato, Databases - New Zealand  This site offers online searching of Bibliography of New Zealand Bibliographies, Bibliography of Published New Zealand Family Histories and New Zealand Titles of Genealogical Interest.

FamNet - NZ Genealogy Database  This site offers those with a kiwi connection the opportunity to submit genealogical data as a GEDCOM file and to view data submitted by others. Currently has 14.7+ million people on family trees, many of them linked to documents and other resources. 

DigitalNZ. This site aims to make New Zealand digital content easy to find, share and use. It offers searching across 25+ million digital items including aerial photos, old posters and memorabilia, newspaper clippings, artworks, and publications. Contributors include Te Papa, the Alexander Turnbull Library, Auckland Art Gallery, Te Ara, NZ On Screen and many more. New

Useful Genealogy Links A list of links by Stratford branch, New Zealand Society of Genealogists. These links  cover  all aspects of family history research in New Zealand.

New Zealand History Online - List of Websites for Family History Research

Our Stuff This site focuses on New Zealand and contains online resources such as lists of passengers, publicans, barmaids and juries plus naturalisations, directories, pioneer rolls and much more.

The Otago Nominal Index This index lists the names of people in documents held by the Hocken Library, Dunedin. It includes local directories, electoral rolls, police gazettes and jurors' lists.

Land Information New Zealand’s geographic place and street names search

Funeral notices, obituaries and other items from New Zealand newspapers 1840s-1960s

RootsWeb New Zealand Mailing Lists (14) A great way to find others with similar interests.

New Zealand Society of Genealogists

Bay of Islands (Kerikeri) - New Zealand Society of Genealogists

Gore branch - New Zealand Society of Genealogists

Hamilton branch - New Zealand Society of Genealogists

New Plymouth branch - New Zealand Society of Genealogists

South Canterbury branch - New Zealand Society of Genealogists

Southland branch - New Zealand Society of Genealogists

Stratford branch - New Zealand Society of Genealogists

Te Awamutu Genealogy Society

Whangarei branch - New Zealand Society of Genealogists

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19 November 2013