Family history

Family History

Discover your family’s history using online resources.


Rangahau ā-Iwi: Te Whānau-ā-Apanui

Jun 16th | 6:00pm - 7:00pm Tūranga
Interested in Iwi history and research? Come along to our Iwi Research event where the focus this month will be Te Whānau-a-Apanui.
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Family History at Home

Explore family history resources you can use at home.

If you need help, ring, email or chat to our librarians, or you can even book a librarian to help you over the phone.

Family History at Home

Family History eResources

Ancestry Library Edition

Trace your family history. Includes records from U.S., U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Only available in libraries.

Find My Past

A family history & genealogy website covering U.K., Ireland, Australia, N.Z., Canada, U.S., Papua New Guinea & the Pacific Islands.

Papers Past

Digitised NZ newspapers, periodicals, letters, diaries & parliamentary papers from 1839 to 1945. Coverage incl The Press from 1861 to 1945.

Christchurch Street and Place Names

Explore this resource that explains the origins of Christchurch street and place names.

Gale Primary Sources

Search a selection of newspaper and magazine archives, monographs all cross-searchable.

New Zealand Cemetery Databases

Search cemetery records in New Zealand to find information about burials.


FamilySearch is a service provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. NZ records include probates and passenger lists.

Parliamentary Papers - Papers Past

Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives (AJHR), sometimes known as "the A to Js", is a collection of govt-related reports.

Birth, Death and Marriage Historical Records

Search and order New Zealand Government records for births, deaths and marriages (BDM).

He Toa Taumata Rau - Online Cenotaph

Auckland Museum's digital social space where families & researchers can share & contribute to the records of those who served.

Collections Search - Archives New Zealand

Collections Search is Archives New Zealand’s system for documenting government records which can be useful in family history research.


Browse our archaeology resources - books, magazines, and more.

MyHeritage Library edition

Family history/genealogy resource including more than 6 billion historical ​records from around the world

Family history computers

Christchurch City Libraries provides family history researchers with computers configured to make your family history research easier.

Lexis Nexis New Zealand Gazette Archive

Copies of the New Zealand Gazette and related publications from 1841 to the present.

Christchurch City Council Cemeteries Database

This database covers interments in Christchurch City Council managed cemeteries.

Local history

Explore our resources about local people, places and history.
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