New Zealanders in the First World War – Family information about service personnel

The following sources, which are located on Tuakiri | Identity, Level 2, Tūranga may provide genealogical information about soldiers, nurses and their families.

Church Register Index
An index to baptisms, burials and marriages recorded in the registers of churches in Christchurch and north Canterbury. Details of each baptism, marriage and burial are recorded on cards which are filed in red catalogue drawers. Although not comprehensive, the index does include references to many Canterbury families. It may include the baptism or marriage of the serviceman himself, as well as information on his parents, grandparents, siblings and other family members.

Obituaries index [microfiche]
An index to obituaries published in The Press newspaper from 1876-1994.There is an alphabetical listing of obituaries for each year. The index might include obituaries for some well-known service personnel, or for other members of their families, most likely fathers, grandfathers or brothers.

G. R. Macdonald dictionary of biographies index
An index to biographies of 19th century Canterbury pioneers, compiled by G. R. Macdonald, which are held on microfiche at the Canterbury Museum library. There may be references to the parents and grandparents of service personnel.

Cemetery transcriptions

The library holds transcriptions of the gravestones in Christchurch and Canterbury cemeteries. There is a master index to all the cemeteries and the volume for each cemetery is also indexed. Most cemeteries include a section for the burial of returned servicemen. The library also holds New Zealand cemetery records on microfiche, which contain transcriptions of gravestones in cemeteries around New Zealand.

Alexander Turnbull Library Biographical Index [microfiche]
For many years (ca. 1920-1990) the Turnbull Library kept scrapbooks of newspaper cuttings about people, especially obituaries. These scrapbooks have been microfiched. The index includes references to the scrapbook obituaries, as well as to other sources of information about a wide range of people from all around New Zealand.

Cyclopedia of New Zealand
Volumes of the Cyclopedia were published for each province, including a substantial volume on Canterbury. They include biographical articles and photographs of many early New Zealand settlers, as well as articles about local businesses, churches, schools and other institutions. Each volume is indexed.

Kelly, M.J. (ed.) Biographical sketches of New Zealand servicemen, World War 1
Extracts from the Otago witness newspaper about Otago service personnel. Includes articles and photographs about comings and goings to the front, awards, those missing, wounded or killed. Indexed.

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