Family history

Family History

Discover your family’s history using online resources.


Digitised newspaper archives are The Best. Katherine shows you how they make history and bygone society more easily accessible to us.
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Family History at Home

Explore family history resources you can use at home.

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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.

The British Newspaper Archive

Offering online access to millions of pages of British and Irish newspapers from 1703-2003. In library use only.

Canterbury Stories

Canterbury Stories is our place for collecting and presenting online collections from our digitised archives, photographs and community.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers

Digital archive of full text and full image newspapers dating back to the 18th century.

MyHeritage Library edition

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

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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