New Zealand genealogy

A Memory Tree

A free database of all names published in NZ newspaper death notices since December 2006.


Archives New Zealand

Archway is the database of over 1.5 million records held in the four Archives offices.


Caring for family papers

From Christchurch City Libraries.

Caring for family papers

Cenotaph database

Nau mai haere mai. Welcome to this gathering point for the personal and official memory of people who served for New Zealand Aotearoa.

Online cenotaph

Christchurch City Libraries

Have a wealth of information and a beginner's guide to researching your family history.


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

We commemorate the 1,700,000 men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars.
Our cemeteries, burial plots and memorials are a lasting tribute to those who died in some 154 countries across the world.

Commonwealth War Graves

Digitising family history and whakapapa

Excellent guide from DigitalNZ on scanning, digitising or digitally copying old family pictures, records and documents.



Emigration to Canterbury shipping list

Passenger lists for ships to Canterbury which carried assisted immigrants - from the Christchurch City Libraries archives collection.

Passenger list  


Search for your ancestors in the Bibliography of Published New Zealand Family Histories.


Genealogy place map

Database of places in New Zealand of interest to genealogists and historians, including cemeteries, churches, crematoriums, orphanages, memorials and funeral directors

Place Map   

NZ Births Deaths and Marriages historical records

The historic data available for you to search is limited so that people or families who might still be alive, can be protected.  Information available includes:

  • Births that occurred at least 100 years ago
  • Stillbirths that occurred at least 50 years ago
  • Marriages that occurred at least 80 years ago
  • Deaths that occurred at least 50 years ago or the deceased's date of birth was at least 80 years ago.

Births Deaths and Marriages

New Zealand bound

Identifies genealogical resources to assist in locating which New Zealand bound ship an immigrant ancestor was aboard.   

NZ bound 

New Zealand genealogy forum

Contact others researching family names.

NZ genealogy forum 

New Zealand History online

Has an extensive list of web links for family history research


New Zealand Yesteryears

Has an extensive range of shipping passenger lists and shipboard diaries.


New Zealand Society of Genealogists

Has printable forms and charts to help you record your research.

NZ Society of Genealogists

Our stuff, Denise and Peter's homepage

NZ war medal roll, naturalisation lists, pioneer rolls and much more.

Our Stuff  

Papers Past

Papers Past contains more than three million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The collection covers the years 1839 to 1948 and includes 119 publications from all regions of New Zealand.


The Cyclopedia of New Zealand

Full-text volumes of The Cyclopedia of New Zealand from the NZ Electronic Text Centre 


The National Library of New Zealand

 Has a very good guide to researching family history.

The National Library of New Zealand  

Waimakariri District Council cemetery database

The information available is sourced from historic Council records and while we have made every effort to ensure its accuracy, we are aware that there may be errors and omissions. If you find records that are incomplete or not correct, please let us know by emailing or phone us on  03 311 8900 so that we can update our database.

Go to cemetery search

Website of NZ cemeteries

Links to cemeteries with online searchable databases