Discover your family’s history at our libraries
Find out what New Zealand family history resources we hold or can access, the information you are going to find in those resources, and when you need to look elsewhere. Our main focus is Christchurch and Canterbury information from the 19th and early 20th century.
Also, check out our eResources on the right of your screen including Ancestry.com Library Edition.
The basic rules of research, answering specific questions about individuals and writing it all up.
A brief guide to caring for precious family records and links to further sources of information.
There are dedicated research computers at our Family History Centre at Central Library Manchester, Central Library Peterborough, the library at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre, Upper Riccarton Library and Fendalton Library.
Finding family information
Major life events.
Arriving and living in New Zealand.
- Shipping and passenger information
- Naturalisation records: what resources are available when an immigrant was not British
- Directories, Electoral rolls and Land: information about where people lived, voted and land they held
Filling in the gaps
Extra details to add to your family history.
- Biographical: resources that provide information about an individual
- Churches, Education and Hospitals, Orphanages and Charitable Aid: finding institutional histories and records
- Business: company and bankruptcy information
- Employment: resources and records about occupations
- Government and Justice: politicians, petitions, police and court information
- Local History: finding local historical information and societies and museums
- Newspapers: what newspapers can provide during your family history research
- War: find out about servicemen and women by visiting our New Zealanders at War guides
Where to next?
Where to next? Links to other organisations and international information.
The New Zealand Family History pages focus on European resources, primarily Christchurch and Canterbury information, from the 19th and early 20th century.