Family history

Family History

Discover your family’s history using online resources.


In collaboration with Memories In Time, we invite you along to three days of family history fun, Friday 19 to Sunday 21 August at Tūranga.
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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.

Historical Newspapers

Find the libraries Historical Newspaper collections with both online and in libraries, great for historians and family history researchers.

Christchurch Family History Expo 2022

In collaboration with Memories In Time, we invite you along to three days of family history fun, Friday 19 to Sunday 21 August at Tūranga.

Canterbury Stories

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

British Library Newspapers

British Library Newspapers cover national and regional newspapers representing British society from1732 to 1950.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers

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

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.

Local history

Explore our resources about local people, places and history.
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