Kōrero o nehe ā-whānau / Family History

Located on Tuakiri | Identity, Level 2, Tūranga, Kōrero o nehe ā-whānau / Family History holds mainly New Zealand material, with an emphasis on Canterbury. 

Resources held in this area include:

For information on how to use the Family History resources in this area see our online Family History guide.

Microfiche & microfilm

  • contains a wide range of resources on microfilm or microfiche including newspapers, electoral rolls, shipping lists, birth, death and marriage indexes
  • equipment is available to read from these items
  • you are able to scan images to a USB, or print from our readers
  • see our printing and photocopying charges

The Family History area also has resources of a more general nature, with a local history focus.

Newspapers and newspaper indexes

  • Early Christchurch newspapers including the Lyttelton Times (from 1851); The Press (from 1861); The Star; The Sun; the Weekly Press and the Canterbury Times.
  • A selection of other Christchurch, Canterbury and New Zealand newspapers – contemporary and historical holdings.
  • An index to the contents of a Christchurch daily newspaper has been maintained since 1851. There is an online Index from 1995 for the Press and October 1998 for The Star
  • Some of our newspapers are held on microfilm.

For more information about using newspapers at Christchurch City Libraries please refer to our newspapers guide.


  • Contemporary and historical maps of Christchurch and Canterbury. Some of the historical maps have been digitised.
  • Current New Zealand topographical maps.
  • Current New Zealand street maps.
  • National Park and track maps.
  • Soil maps.
  • Geological maps.
  • Nautical charts for local areas (not updated for navigation).

Find out more about our Maps collection.


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