Search for family history records in New Zealand
You might be able to trace your family’s history in NZ through genealogy websites, old newspapers, or ships’ passenger lists.
You can use the National Library's resources to research your family's history.
There are also websites to help you do your own family history research.
Find out when your family came to NZ
You can use shipping lists to find out how and when people arrived in New Zealand.
Shipping lists might be able to tell you:
- someone's full name
- their occupation
- their marital status
- the name of the ship they arrived on
- where they landed in NZ
- where they came from.
There are only online shipping lists of people who came to NZ:
- with government assistance before 1888
- after 1910.
Between 1888 and 1910 some records exist, but they aren’t complete.
Births, deaths and marriages in NZ
You can search NZ birth, death, marriage, civil union and name change records.
Family records in Australia
Many NZ families originated in Europe, but they might have emigrated to Australia first.
Christchurch City Libraries has an extensive list of Australian family history resources.
You can search for the records and medals of New Zealanders who were in the armed forces.
If the person is still alive, you can’t get their records without their written approval.