Family History – Local history information

Local histories can sometimes provide information on specific individuals and where they lived, but even general histories can be of use to fill in the background of your ancestors' lives.

High Street, Christchurch [between 1945 and 1950]
High Street, Christchurch : on the righthand side are McKenzies, Ashby Bergh, Manning & Co., Begg's, Marsh's Silks and the White Hart Hotel. [between 1945 and 1950]. CCL PhotoCD 16, IMG0077


Book resources

  • A good start for Christchurch and Banks Peninsula is Christchurch City Libraries' publication, Local History Resources, an extensive annotated bibliography of published sources on the history of Christchurch, Lyttelton and Banks Peninsula.
  • For other areas, search our catalogue.

Try searching our catalogue for keywords like Kaiapoi History or West Coast genealogy or a subject search such as Dunedin N.Z. History or Southland N.Z. Genealogy.


More about Newspaper Resources

Museums and Historical societies

Our community database CINCH provides contact details for Christchurch and North Canterbury historical associations

Databases and websites

Our community database CINCH provides contact details for genealogical groups in the Canterbury area

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