Our guides to doing local history research include:
Family History guide — Find out what European 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.
Local history resources — An annotated bibliography of published sources on the history of Christchurch, Lyttelton and Banks Peninsula.
Newspapers collection — Find out how to use our newspapers resources to research our past.
The New Zealand Wars — A guide to information about the history of the New Zealand Wars and the men who served in military units, 1845-1872.
New Zealanders in the South African War — A guide to information about the men and women who served in the New Zealand armed forces during the South African War, 1899-1902.
New Zealanders in World War I — A guide to finding information about the men and women who served in the New Zealand armed forces during World War I.
New Zealanders in World War II — A guide to information about the men and women who served in the New Zealand armed forces during World War II.
Researching the history of a house in Ōtautahi/Christchurch —How old is my house? How has it changed over time? Who else has lived there? Find resources at Christchurch City Libraries that will help find answers to these questions.