A death certificate from the Dept. of Internal Affairs, for any member of the emigrant family who died after 1875 will show you 'how long in New Zealand', 'where born' and 'parents names'. info info Alternatives to a BDM certs.
Caroline Freeman came out on the "Nourmahal" to Otago in May 1858 and she died in August 1914 in Christchurch. On her record you see "Years in New Zealand": 50 rounded off. She was actually in New Zealand 56 years.
Look on the WWI Military service record available from Archway, ArchivesNZ.
How long have parents been resident in NZ: Father 46 years
How long have parents been resident in NZ: Mother life
Pinpoint first New Zealand event - date of first birth, marriage or death.
All death and burial entries should be treated with some degree of suspicion. Many people are ignorant about their antecedents. Family members under stress are not the best at remembering details. E.g. place of birth, correct spelling of given names. Just as bad can be obituaries and the eulogy presented by the presiding official at a funeral, believe me I have squirmed more than once when the clergyman pronounced the surname wrong. The information on a death certificate is only good as that provided by the informant, the information is often incorrect. Extrapolating back from several death certificates for a family who came to NZ on the same boat in the late 1880s gave a range of years of arrival and countries but it did give a clue N.B.! Certificates can contain mis-information, outright lies to hide the truth and spelling errors. A man who marries a much younger woman may take several years off his age; a divorced woman who reverts to her maiden name may leave no evidence of her previous spouse beyond the date when the marriage ended. Also, only basic details appear on pre-1880 marriage certificates and pre-1876 birth and death certificates. The latter do not even record a place of burial. Provision for the information may have existed, but was not necessarily included. Death certificate data is put together by the undertaker with medical details being supplied by the deceased's doctor. Thus, there should be scant delay between the occurrence of these events and their being recorded in the Registrar-General's records. birth records info marriage record info
BDM NZ Historical records searchable online site and then search Papers Past for a death notice.
To obtain the DOB or DOD of an event - narrow the range down for records - post 1880 does give the correct date.
Sort by clicking on the headings at the top of the sorted page - will sort by any of the columns.
Anything post 1880 does give the correct date.
Order certificates online. Start a certificate collection.
WWII deaths were registered in 1945, not the year of the death occurred.
There are transcription errors especially spelling.
Check the old fiche system and District keys to work out locality if we want to differentiate by people of the same name
A locality can give us a clue where to look for a death notice or a burial record. Working out the date from the site entry can give us a clue when to look.
Make use of Archway in pinning down a possibility.
Births that occurred at least 100 years ago
Deaths that occurred at least 50 years ago or the deceased's date of birth was at least 80 years ago.
Marriages and eventually Civil Unions that occurred 80 years ago.
You can find siblings of a family you already know mother's maiden name under births:
No parent's names are included for births prior to 1870.
Abbreviations on public records.
Records date back to
- Births 1848
- Deaths 1848
- Marriages 1854
Marriages were not allocated to districts. Birth and death folio numbers were. So you cannot trace a marriage place by the folio number.
NZSG published District Keys to the New Zealand Registration Indexes, births and deaths organised chronologically from 1848-1900. An invaluable aid. Will identify the district were the event was registered or use the chart provided at either the beginning or end of the fiche (it varied year to year) or in one of the booklets produced which may accompany the set of fiche. Early South Canterbury births Birth and death fiche are 1848 to 1990. Within each year entries are organised alphabetically, the names of males and females intermingling, and there are volumes produced by the New Zealand Society of Genealogists, the District keys to the New Zealand registration districts. These show where births and deaths were registered up to and including 1955. Most births and deaths are registered in the city where the event took place or in the nearest sizeable town. Microfiche deaths from 1984 – 1990 have the deceased’s birth date at the right. The numbers: 03111936 indicate the person was born 3rd November 1936.
No need to quote the folio number when ordering copies of certificates as that index system is no longer being used to locate an entry. The year the death is registered can be different from death year especially if the person died in December and is registered in January. Be sure the registration was made in the year requested otherwise will might get a "no trace." They will search for the event one year on either side of the year you quote, for the standard search fee. If you are not sure about the actual year when the birth, death or marriage took place you can ask us to search over a broader range of years, a fee for the first three years specified will be NZ$15, and each additional year specified will be NZ$1 Identity Services The indexes to BDMs contains many idiosyncracies. Many a person know that their Christian names was read out at their baptism. However, at BDMs office, when asked for the name of the child, father may have given only the first Christian name. It may not be till the offspring seeks to marry or claim a pension that he discovers that this is his official name. Children on the birth fiche who share a surname and number are twins. Should children with a common surname and forenames pop up within a few years of each other, it is likely that, in the latter case, parents are perpetuating the name of a deceased offspring. Should a newborn have a surname as its last Christian name, the mother of an ex-nuptial baby may be pointing to the identity of the father. In the case of births and deaths, the folio indicates the office where the registration was made - helpful when you're looking for a common name and know where the family was at the time.
The Registrar-General's Office at Lower Hutt relocated April 2002, and is now situated on Floor 3, 47 Boulcott Street, Wellington (the same building as the Passport Office).
The Central Registry in the Wellington and Auckland offices have microfiche readers that public can use to search the indexes of BDMs up to year 1990. No appointment is necessary. Many public libraries, Family History Centres and other organisations also have copies of these indexes. If possible check the index before sending off for a search. The revised fee structure for NZ BDM certificates was implemented 1 September 2003. In most cases these electronic printouts will be a scanned image. Where the document cannot be scanned due to poor quality of the original a keyed in copy of the record will be supplied.
The index fiche enables the researcher to see what is available, to pinpoint the years when the births, deaths and marriages of particular antecedents were registered. Marriage fiche are organised chronologically from 1854 to 1990. In marriages husband and wife share a common number. In pre-1947 marriages, men whose surnames start with 'A' are followed by women whose surnames start with 'A' and so on through the alphabet. From 1947 grooms are gathered together in one alphabetical list followed by brides in another alphabetical list. It is only from 1957 that an entry includes the family name of the partner. There are no District keys for marriages. It is the responsibility, not of the contracting parties but of the celebrant, to forward information about a marriage. Sometimes, in the birth and death fiche, there appear entries where details are written in by hand and where a vertical slash runs through the number. The digits after the slash relate to a particular year. In births these entries may relate to adoptions or to ex-nuptial children receiving new certificates when their parents marry. In deaths they may relate to a person who has gone missing in wartime and whose body has not been recovered.
"Little Histories" - stories behind the BD&M registers. Describes the evolution of record keeping from beautiful old books, painstakingly handwritten, to computerised data systems. pdf (abt 4 MB)
A notable feature of the death fiche is the naming of war casualties in the 1914-1918 'War deaths'. The fiche entitled 'War deaths, 1939' covers people who lost their lives throughout the period 1939-1945. Alas, the fiche appears to omit those who died in the Boer War though service personnel who died in the Vietnam conflict are included in the normal death fiche with the information that they had died in Vietnam. Although, in peacetime a death certificate is not issued for a New Zealand citizen who dies overseas, families have, since 1995, been allowed to pay a fee and have recorded, with the Registrar-General, the fact that a loved one has perished beyond these shores.
NZ Earliest Birth Registrations 1840-1854 (wayback) A* B*
Register of New Zealand Presbyterian Marriages 1848 to 1930
See the ITMs 'Intention to Marry Notice' Volumes 1856 to 1956 for 'length of residence' in district for earlier entries. Held at Archives New Zealand's Wellington office, indexed by surname. A card index exists for records 1856-1881 gives a page number which makes entries easier to find. These volumes also have the Registrar General folio number listed and if you are lucky you can find the entry by looking for the RG number (not the names). Need to search these large volumes yourself as the bound volumes cannot be photocopied. NZD $8. By 1936 there are probably 4-5 volumes for that year. There were 10 for the last year, 1956, and you need to know the approx. area to search the right volume. The Gisborne IMN is at Auckland ArchivesNZ. Alexander Turnbull Library has records for Auckland for 1855 and for Otago for the first quarter of 1855. NZSG have a pre1855 marriage index for NZ compiled from many various resources as there was not an official marriage registration system before 1855. There are no Intentions to Marry from 1 Apr 1956, because the current act does not mention them. They generally name a parent only when a minor needs consent, and will say Bachelor/Spinster, or Widow/Widower/Divorced - with some later entries including the date of death/divorce. ITM do not give birth dates or places and do not often state usual place of residence if it is outside the centre of registration. Usually the woman's occupation is not noted. Later entries do not record length of residence. In most cases the ITMs Register does not give information about the parents of the bride and groom (only if either of the couple was a minor) which is often what a researcher maybe after. The only way to get this information is to purchase the marriage certificate.
The Alexander Turnbull Library has the Registrar General's Office indexes for births and marriages 1840-1920 and deaths 1848-1920. Registrar General's Marriage Indexes 1840, 1851-1854
Local district histories e.g. Old Kaiapoi
Evening Post, 29 July 1937, Page 18
Two New-Zealand pioneers, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Henry Bellamore, of 91 Elizabeth Street, Wellington, celebrated their diamond wedding at their residence today. Arriving in New Zealand on the Michael Angelo in 1875, Mr. Bellamore settled in Nelson, Where on July 29, 1877, he married Miss Rose Anna-Paul, at her parents' residence, Harley Street. The Rev. George S. Harper officiated at the ceremony. After serving in, the engine-room department of the Anchor Shipping Company for four years, Mr. Bellamore came to Wellington with his wife on the Arawa in 1879. The Arawa was considered a very fast boat in those days, and on that particular trip the voyage from Fifeshife Rock, Nelson, to the Queen's Wharf, Wellington, occupied only seven hours. That time was almost a record for those days. At the present time the Arawa serves as a Coal hulk in Wellington- Harbour. From 1879 to 1890 Mr. Bellamore served in the stores branch- of the Post and Telegraph Department, and in 1830 joined the staff of the Wellington Harbour Board. For the latter body he worked for 43 years, retiring three years ago. While in the employ of the Harbour Board Mr. Bellamore was a prominent member of the Ambulance Brigade.
The early settlers to New Zealand found it important to have
their birthplace, Ship of arrival in New Zealand and sometimes occupation on
the headstones and no mention of the children's names. Another example at
Fairfield Cemetery, Nelson.
Examples of inscriptions at the Picton Cemetery
-Memory of William SMITH born at Podstone Delry, Galloway, Scotland who died at Picton on the 2 Dec. 1885 aged 38.
-Erected to the memory of Andrew FORREST. Native of Garluke Scotland. Died 13 July 1879. Age 47 years
In memory of John MILLEN. Born Stretham, London 11.5.1882. Died Picton 18.7.1946. Ethel Millen born New Forest, England 29.8.1887 Died Picton 15.7.1963
William Derisley WOOD Born at Great Blakenham, Suffolk, England 17th Decr 1824 Died at Christchurch, N.Z. 30th Sept 1904 One of the pioneers of Canterbury, having arrived by the "Randolph" 16th Dec. 1850 Linwood Cemetery. Photo courtesy of The Friends of Linwood Cemetery Charitable Trust. Photo taken April 1910. Eliza Withall who is also buried at Linwood has a headstone naming her ship. (Sir George Seymour)
St Cuthbert Churchyard Cemetery, Governor's Bay, Banks Peninsula. John and Harriett Bevins arrived in Lyttelton by the ship Sir George Seymour, 1850. Note the church was damaged during the 2010 earthquake and photo taken Dec. 2014,
Robert Bishop, arrived on the Caroline Agnes in 1855, is buried at St. James Churchyard Cemetery at Harewood, ChCh. Photo taken by Bev. Evans, Oct. 12014. That Wellingtonia tree in the background was planted in 1928.
Fendall arrived Sir George Seymour, 1850. St. Paul's Papanui, CHCH
Henry INWOOD 1817 -1891, arrived on the 'Lady Nugent' 19th Sept. 1851. All Saints, Churchyard Cemetery, Burwood, CHCH. Died 15th July at his residence, New Brighton, aged 85 years. Surrey papers please copy.
William Craythorne 1817-1872
Mary Craythorne 1817-1872
Arrived on the "Glentanner 3rd Oct. 1857.
In memory of. At the St. Mary's Churchyard Cemetery, Halswell, Canterbury, N.Z.
Jane arrived Duke of Portland 1852. St. Paul's Cemetery, Papanui
St. Paul's Cemetery, Papanui. Eliza arrived on the Cressy in 1850.
St Paul's Anglican Church,
CLARIDGE - Thomas, d. 19 October 1883, age 57, arr. Castle Eden, 14 Feb. 1851
DIEPENHEIM - Dinah, (nee DEAL) b. 1839, Kent, England, arr. Lyttelton 1856 on Egmont d. Feb. 1873, wife of Johan
DOBSON - Edward, 1816 - 9 April 1908, arrived in Canterbury in 1850, engineer to Moorhouse tunnel (Lyttelton). His life's desire was that his labours might be of benefit to his fellow colonists.
FENDALL - Walpole Cheshyre, d. 13 April 1913, age 83, of Crambe, Yorkshire, arr. Sir George Seymour 1850
HARRIS – Jane, 1819 – 1918, arr. Lyttelton Duke of Portland 1852
HIGHAM - Eliza, d. 23 November 1890, age 64, arr. Cressy, 1850
PATTRICK - Thomas Laughton, d. 31 Jan. 1937, age 84, arr. Cressy 1850
At a Kaiapoi Cemetery "St. Bartholomew's Historic Cemetery" there is a headstone of Thomas Storer
John Dunn born Porlock, Somerset 4.8.1833 died Kaiapoi 22.2.1901 buried nearby. Passenger "Pleiades" 1872.
Taken at the St. Bartholomew Cemetery, Kaiapoi July 2014 by Bev. E.
Augustus Bambridge died July 3rd 1905,
Arrived Strathallan, 1859. Timaru Cemetery
At the Old Anglican Cemetery up a short walkway near the Akaroa lighthouse. Daniel Watkins, M.R.C.S., L.C.A. born Westwell, Kent, England, 21 Nov. 1791. Died Akaroa 21 Nov. 1882, surgeon-superintendent S.S. "Cressy" one of the first four ships. In 1850 he made his home in Akaroa being it's first doctor and registrar of births, deaths & marriages. His wife Julia Maria Sloane died 14 Nov. 1851. She lies in Akaroa's French Cemetery.
In loving memory of Eliza (nee Morgan) wife of John Duxbury born at Donadee, Ireland, arrived in N.Z. by the Lady Nugent Sept. 18th 1851. Died at Robinson Bay Aug. 10th 1909, aged 59 years. We spend our years as a tale that is told. I have loved thee with an everlasting love, therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee until the day break and the shadows flee away. John Duxbury born at Lange Cliffe Yorkshire Aug. 5 1841. Died Jan 5th 1929
William Derisley WOOD Born at Great Blakenham, Suffolk, England 17th Decr 1824
Died at Christchurch, N.Z. 30th Sept 1904
One of the pioneers of Canterbury, having arrived by the "Randolph" 16th Dec. 1850 Linwood Cemetery
Eliza Withall who is also buried at Linwood has a headstone naming her ship. (Sir George Seymour)
At St Bartholomews churchyard cemetery. DUNN - John, b. Porlock, Somerset, b. 4 Aug. 1833, d. 22 Feb. 1901, passenger "Pleiades" 1872.
Eyreton - St Thomas, North Canterbury,
GILES - Mary Ann, d. 5 May 1929, age 72
plaque laid for 159th anniversary of arrival of Giles family, on 12 April 1856.
Benjamin age 8 arrived on "Oriental"
Mary Ann (nee Bailey) arrived age 2 on "Mary Ann" 5 Aug. 1859
Oral tradition - family tales, diaries, letters,
envelope, bibles, was a child named after the
Ellesmere Guardian, 12 November 1931, Page 5
A STURDY PIONEER THE LATE MR. JOHN ADAMS. ALMOST A CENTENARIAN,
Mr John Adams, senr., who passed away a few days ago at the residence of his son, Mr William Adams, Dunsandel, at the age of 98 years, probably held two notable records�that of being the oldest man in the Ellesmere district and of having lived in one locality for a longer period than any other man. He had lived in the Kiliinchy-Dunsandel district continuously for 65 years, and was a fine example of the sturdy pioneer settler. Born in Riffisband, County Down, Ireland, from which district Ellesmere received many of its best early settlers, he and his wife decided to strike out for themselves in a new land when Mr Adams was about 32 years of age. They had been married several years, and made the voyage to New Zealand, which occupied 106 days, in the famous ship Eastern Empire, landing at Lyttelton on January 5, 1865. After spending about a year in Christchurch they removed to Killinchy, where Mr Adams took up a section of land from the Crown. In those days there were few properly formed roads, but the land which Mr Adams first occupied now has a frontage to the Southbridge- Dunsandel road and is situated on the Dunsandel side of what is still known as McKee's farm. Some years later Mr Adams acquired the farm now held by the Bilbrough family, near Dunsandel. In course of time he disposed of that property and acquired another near the Heslerton run, where he remained until his death his son having taken over the farm a number of years ago. For a long period the late Mr Adams combined with his farming operations road contracting work for the old Ellesmere Road Board, during the time the late Mr W. G. Lunn was clerk and surveyor to that body. |He became an expert at this work 'and formed many of the roads in the J district under Mr Lunn's supervision, and became widely known as an industrious and conscientious contractor. Apart from serving on School Committees, Mr Adams did not manifest a liking for public life. He won the esteem of other settlers in the district because of his neighbourly qualities and readiness to lend any assistance in his power to those who needed help of any kind. Although he suffered severely from rheumatics in recent years, he remained in possession of all his faculties, notwithstanding his great age, and possessed an active and retentive memory. Mrs Adams passed away on July 6, 1906, and of a family of seven, four sons survive. They are Messrs John Adams (a resident of the Hawera district, Taranaki), Samuel Adams (Killinchy), William Adams (Dunsandel) and Alex. Adams (Lowcliffe) There are 29 grandchildren, 27 greatgrandchildren and one great-greatgrandchild. A large number of old friends attended the funeral, which took place on Monday afternoon, from the residence of Mr William Adams. The service in the Presbyterian portion of the Ellesmere Cemetery, Leeston, was conducted by the Rev. W. G. Hannah, minister of the Southbridge- Dunsandel parish. Those who acted as bearers were members of the Orange Lodge, the late Mr Adams having been a member of the institution prior to leaving Ireland. They were Messrs J. E. and R. Millar, D. H. Reid and D. Reid, jun. Floral tributes were received from the following: Mr and Mrs John Adams and family, Mr and Mrs Alex. Allen and family, Mr and Mrs William Adams and family, Mr Samuel Adams and family, Mr George Scott and Miss Scott, Mr and Mrs J. H. Skinner and family, Mr and Mrs E. Sollitt, Mr and Mrs H. Wright Johnson, Rev. land Mrs W T. G. Hannah, John and Elsie, Nell and Len Finnie, Greatgrandchildren, Jack, Des, Ken and Sam, Mr and Mrs J. Spence, Mr and Mrs J. K. Boon.
Press, 12 August 1930, Page 2 GOLDEN WEDDING.
An enjoyable evening was spent at the residence of Mr and Mrs W. C. Flower, Southey street, Sydenham, on Saturday evening, to celebrate their golden wedding. Mr and Mrs Flower, with their two daughters, Mrs E. Mc- Donagh, of Westport, and Mrs W. Mann, Norwood street, received their guests in the drawing-room, which was decorated with spring flowers. Mr P. J. Fowler, of Kaiapoi, brother of Mrs Flower, was also present. Mrs Flower wore a mauve chiffon velvet dress and was presented by Miss M. Roud with a bouquet of spring flowers. The evening was spent in dancing, games, and songs. The wedding cake, which had been made by Mrs R. McDonagh, was cut by the bride. Mr and Mrs Flower arrived in Lyttelton on October 25th, 1882, by the ship Taranaki, making their home in Christchurch. There are two daughters of the marriage, and eleven grand-children
Ellesmere Guardian, 23 August 1935, Page 5 GOLDEN WEDDING MR AND MRS M. TWISS
Among the most highly respected residents of the Ellesmere district are Mr and Mrs Michael Twiss, of Southbridge. Tuesday last was the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding. Born in County Kerry, Ireland, Mr Twiss came out to New Zealand in 1879 by the ship "Hereford." At first he settled at Leeston, where he was employed on the farm of Messrs Wills Bros., "Greenmeadow." Returning to Christchurch, he was engaged by Mr George Edwards, of Kaiapoi, where he remained for a year, afterwards taking service with the late Mr William Nixon, of Killinchy, with whom he remained for two years. Then he went to the late Mr Anthony Fay, of Doyleston, for two years. While there he met the lady who was later to become his partner in life. Mrs Twiss came, out from County Tipperary, Ireland, in 1881 and was married to Mr Twiss by the Rev. Father Walsh on August 20, 1885, at the Leeston Catholic Church, the building which now serves as a parish hall. At that time the parish priest was the Rev. Father (later Dean) Chervier. The wedding breakfast took place at the home of Mr John Slattery, Drain road, Doyleston, father of Mr M. Slattery, of Leeston. The members of the family, who were all present at Tuesday's celebration, are Messrs Robert and John Twiss (Southbridge), Michael (Georgetown, Oamaru), Frank (Civil Service, Invercargill) and Patrick (Land and Income Tax Department, Wellington).
Check shipping indexes at the libraries and archives closest to the place where the family settled. Canterbury Museum's Manuscripts Department has indexed the Lyttelton Times passenger lists. Researchers who know a Canterbury passenger's name but not their ship should make first enquiry at the Canterbury Museum, the actual newspapers are held on microfilm in the Aoatearoa New Zealand Centre's (ANZC) Family History Centre of the Christchurch City Libraries
Look for first appearances in electoral rolls (1865+) and directories, found at libraries. First enrollment at school or membership of an organisation. Wise's Directories (1872+) You can trace a person's residential address by searching the Wise's New Zealand Post Office Directories
Cyclopedia of New Zealand
Published in six volumes 1897-1908 and contains biographical and photographs of local identities who paid a fee to be included, sometimes the ship of arrival is mentioned e.g. Lanark to Otago
Vol. 1 Wellington Province
Vol. 2 Auckland Province
Vol. 3 Canterbury provincial district
Vol. 4 Otago and Southland Provinces
Vol. 5 Nelson, Marlborough and the West Coast
Vol. 6 Taranaki, Hawke's Bay and Wellington Province
Check out the Hocken Library if researching down Otago way
1901 England Census Search Sept. 2002
Males and females born in NZ
1881 England census born in NZ A A-B
LDS 1881 British Census
Gone to New Zealand. Like a lot of Cornish mining immigrants, William classed himself as an agricultural labourer to obtain an assisted passage to NZ in 1863.
LDS Family History Library has on microfilm
(original cards are all housed at the Archives New Zealand)
- the index to Government assisted immigrants 1871-1888,
- the index to Social Security shipping lists 1883-1910
-the general biographical list 1840-1870,
Archives New Zealand
National Archives of NZ)10 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon, in Wellington
The NZ Shipping Co. passenger lists are in the large green books in the area to the left, near the tables. They will not photocopy these lists. Other photocopied passenger lists are also found here. Check indexes in the filing cabinets to the right as you enter. The Reference Section of the Archives New Zealand accepts reference requests by electronic mail. McInnes Phillips
The system is changing. Obtain a researcher number. Spend a couple of days in Wellington if on a genealogy research visit. It takes a morning to lock your bag away, look at the facsimiles and indexes and learn the system at Archives NZ and order a file so plan to arrive at 0900. You have to order files like wills and probate records - they come up every hour. Maybe hop over the National Library, on the corner of Aitken and Molesworth Streets, Thorndon, Wellington and look at the old newspapers while waiting for something and come back. The Alexander Turnbull Library (2nd floor National Library, Wellington) has the New Zealand Shipping Company passenger list indexes. Passenger lists after 1870 are held at Archives New Zealand, Wellington as the central government took charge of immigration. Records vary from different regions and different time periods.
Hints on Visiting the National Archives in Wellington
- Get reference details from Archway for your items before you go to the appropriate Archives NZ. Not everything is listed on Archway yet. Flat fees Now you need to be registered as a researcher and given a unique number.
Archway, Archives New Zealand
Go to Archway
Keywords WWI N/N
For WW1 records add: AABK as the Agency, 1914 1919 for years and Held at Wgtn
Officers as well as other ranks had a Regimental Number in the NZEF.
For South Africa extent the date to 1899 and look for SA.
- Before you go to Archives NZ make sure you know
what you want to research, have the dates written down and stay focused.
- Pre-ordering by email - check with Archives NZ to see it there is a charge, not yet. "The turn around time for pre-orders is two working days from the receipt of the enquiry. You must be registered as a reader to use this service. Please supply your reader number and full archives references for up to five items if you wish to use this service. Please be aware that charges apply in many instances. More detail is available on our website."
- Go to the the Archives a day before and get registered and submit your first batch of requests. You can only order up five items at any one time. These items will then be waiting for you the next day - items are held out for a day or so before being reshelved.
- staff will help you learn how to use their terminals, you have to use them yourself , Archway for searching and Repoman for ordering.
- Make certain that you have all the references - i.e. where the courts were etc.
- Archives Wellington holds Probates (up to 1977-79, 1987 or 1990-91, depending on the Court) from the Wellington, Blenheim/Marlborough, Napier, Nelson, Palmerston North, New Plymouth/Taranaki/Hawera/Patea/Stratford and Wanganui Courts (Archives Auckland, Christchurch & Dunedin hold Probates from other Courts). Note that Public Trust probates/intestates were all at Wellington until c1950.
- WWI defence service personnel files are at the main ArchivesNZ in Wellington can only be ordered two files at a time and take longer to be retrieved than other items. There are two close-offs per day for WWI files - files ordered by 12pm are available from 4pm on the same day and files ordered by 4pm are not available until midday the following day.
- Items other than WWI files are retrieved in half-hourly batches during the day.
- Archives has various resources that do not have to be ordered through the batch system (e.g. many photos, many passenger lists & associated card indexes, Register of people naturalised before 1840, Register of Aliens (1917), annual lists of Public Servants, index of signatories to the Women's Suffrage petition, etc, etc). Maybe browse through them while waiting for your ordered items to appear.
It is important to fossick around and find out what information is held where before you write or visit. Try and narrow your query down to a three month period in which you would like the Archives to search, and as give the Archives many details as you can, including which port you think they entered. If the Archives finds the passenger they can provide name of ship, master of ship, what steerage they travelled in, tonnage of ship etc. The research room is not open on a Saturday. Only the exhibitions. Email the right regional office, they do not hold duplicates. E.g. Wellington does not hold copies of material deposited in regional archives but there are a few exceptions. If the record is in Dunedin, email Dunedin.
General enquiries - email@example.com
Wellington Office - firstname.lastname@example.org
Auckland Office - email@example.com
Christchurch Office - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dunedin Office - email@example.com
Archway is the new national on-line finding aids system, will allow researchers to search the holdings from the four offices in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Archway is meant to make it easier for professional and amateur historians to find archived records, stored in binders in offices in Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. These house 3 million records dating back to 1840. The online search facility will put documents in context by linking to the history of each government department and its relationship to other departments. Archway runs on two application servers and uses a Microsoft SQL Server database. Staff computers are Windows-based but the system can run on Linux with no modifications. The project is still on budget at $7 million. The system also provides an infrastructure for the agency's existing core archiving processes, such as describing documents and transferring them between offices. The system lets workers in different offices "see who's working on what" and avoid duplication. These development plans include:
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Inclusion of supplementary indexes
Access to electronic records
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New Zealand Message Board [to the right - above]: GEDCOM files and pictures can be attached, .JPG or .GIF format to a message. Maybe you have unidentified photos you would like to upload so that others might view and possibly identify or decipher the place, people, medal, signature, passenger list, etc. If you have a photo of an ancestor's headstone upload it when posting an obituary for that individual.
Google images - try searching by name of ship and passenger list e.g. Caroline Coventry passenger list
Arrivals Australian Ports National Library of Australia Ships and shipping
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Other Emigration databases
"I always thought they came via England, but via Hamburg by the German �Reichtag� was apparently a better choice considering the comparison between this ship and English ships in general made by the superintendent. You are right about �the tensions� (a very diplomatic understatement) between Danes/Denmark and Germany back then. This is, however, a century old pursuit among Germany�s neighbours. It always takes a couple of generations to forget about last war�s horrors � and then a new war with Germany began. Oh well, by now things are fortunately improving in that respect. Anyway, from the passenger list I can see that the Danes outnumbered the Germans on said journey to NZ. Under all circumstances, no matter what nationality they had, these emigrants did share a common uncertain future in an unknown country, which hopefully made the trip peaceful."
Ship & Surname Search
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The 1939 Register contains the names, addresses and occupations of everyone in England and Wales at the time with 41 million people captured in one day in September 1939, and was used as the basis for rationing, identity cards and, in post-war Britain, the NHS. (National Health Service) and the closest likeness to a census from that period. In 2015 Find-My Past volunteers have conserved, scanned, transcribed and digitised over 1.2 million pages from 7,000 volumes.
Ages can be recorded in error, or sometimes by design. "Assisted" passengers' ages were sometimes lowered in order for them to qualify for assisted passage, or on the other end, children's' ages lowered to qualify them for reduced or free passage rates.
Pre 1866 passenger lists usually only contain assisted emigrants. To locate a cabin passenger search the local newspaper at the point of arrival.
Search index B/T 27 Outward-bound passenger lists in the online covering 1890 - 1960 on ancestorsonboard, a commercial site and BDs. UK National Archivist Records for births and deaths on voyages out to NZ from England and Wales from 1837 were held at St. Catherine's House until 1997, so whenever you see a reference to St. Catherine's, it's now the Family Records Centre where the information is held. The National Library in Wellington and the Auckland Central Library as well as other NZ facilities hold indexes for BDM's from Australia and the UK. Civil Registration (BMD) began in England July 1837. Before that date consult the Parish Registers which contain records of christenings, marriages and burials, but you need to narrow down the church.
LDS Family History Centres have many passenger lists on microfilm. To find out who nominated someone check the passenger list to the side.
Check dates newspapers were established in the area. Maybe there is an account of voyage and passenger list if a paper was published at the time of the vessel's arrival and obituary.
Check the entire passenger list specifically for female descendants. Note origin. Maybe sisters came out on the same vessel but already married.
Check boarding order if possible. Relatives often boarded the vessel together.
Emigrants sometimes worked their passage so a discharge certificate might be found with ship's papers. The passengers were ready for "pulley-hauly", in order to obtain exercise.
You can never be sure how accurate an index is, page by page searching can increase your chance of finding genealogical material
Maybe a great grandmother replaced her sick friend at a few day's notice to sail here, under her friend's name, in 1873, it happened.
Henry Dench must have
been hiding in the bilges if he arrived when he said he did - 1851 into
Canterbury. That is not him on the Travancore
Many jumped ship, stowed away or came in their own vessels.
99.9% of the stowaways were male, but there were some females too.
Otago Witness April 17 1880 page 14
April 9. The s.s. Wakatipu has arrived in Sydney. Seven stowaways were found aboard after her departure from Wellington.
Timaru Herald January 29 1894
Christchurch, January 28
Upon arrival of the barque Grasmere from Sydney yesterday, two young men named William Chevrill and Michael Purcell, stowaways, were arrested upon charge of assaulting a Sydney constable. Warrants were issued for their arrest, but they escaped for the time being by stowing away on the Grasmere.
The Times, 9 Aug 1928 Escaped Stowaways in London.
Three stowaways who escaped when the s.s. Matakana reached the Royal Albert Dock on Tuesday, from New Zealand, were being sought for yesterday by the police. The men are believed to have hidden in the ship while it was at Wellington, New Zealand, and on being discovered during the voyage were placed in custody, to be handed over to the authorities on arrival in this country. The names and descriptions of the men are given as:-
Francis Grosser, 22, height 5ft. 10in., dark complexion, dark brown hair, blue eyes, wearing a blue suit;
David Mackenzie, 26, height 5ft. 5in., fresh complexion, wearing a dark suit and light raincoat;
David Hume, 19, height 5ft. 5in., fair complexion, wearing a light suit.
Grosser is stated to be a native of Melbourne, Australia, and the two others are believed to be Glasgow men.
Otago Police Gazette No. 59 3 Dec. 1866
CURRAN, Robert, stowed away ship Rangitoto from Wellington to Port Chalmers. Arrested by Sergeant Frederick Mallard 356 Port Chalmers Water Police; 1 month's hard labor.
The Star Friday 11 February 1876
Stowaway - William Smith was charged with stowing away on board the s.s. Phoebe from Wellington. The Bench ordered accused to pay �2 passage money and £2 fine; the fine was not paid.
"but as he doesn't appear in the shipping records, I suspect he arrived as a crew member, not a passenger."
"Strays" could be those people who are found outside of their home county in the "Old Country. People who migrated and died abroad fall into this category. A little research will show that they were not all born in the place listed on a passenger list or in fact came from that county. The NZ SG Strays and More Collection was a database e.g. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y Z wayback A "stray" is a person living outside of their usual place of residence when involved in some recorded event. Strays can be found in most genealogical records e.g. Cemetery Transcriptions
41 Strays and More
43 Pre-1856 NZ Marriage Records Collection
45 NZ First Families
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