Family history

Family History

Discover your family’s history using online resources.


Oldest house in Christchurch?

This was the question posed in The Press on 23 December 1982 regarding a “shabby and time-scuffed” property called Oak Cottage.

Family History eResources

Ancestry Library Edition

Free remotely until 31 March 2021. Trace your family history. Includes records from U.S., U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

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.

Archway - Archives New Zealand

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

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.

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.

Birth, Death and Marriage Historical Records

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

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.

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.


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

ProQuest Historical Newspapers

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

MyHeritage Library edition

Birth, death & marriage records from 48 countries, U.S. & U.K. censuses, immigration, military & tombstone records & family tree profiles.

Whakapapa guide

A guide to using library resources in researching whakapapa, (Māori family history).
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