Getting started with family history research
Are you new to family history research? Our getting started guide will help you work out what questions you want to answer, and give you some tips to start finding your family in the Library's collections.
How do I find birth, death and marriage information?
An outdoors wedding party, including bridesmaids, probably in Christchurch. Taken in 1913 by Steffano Francis Webb. Ref: 1/1-005271-G.
Birth, Death and Marriage information Online
Birth, death and marriage (BDM) registration records provide vital information about the dates of those events and may also tell us the names and occupations of an earlier generation.
Further research can include additional sources such as intentions to marry, probates, and coroners’ inquests.
Department of Internal Affairs’ Historical BDM information
Births, Deaths & Marriages online is the primary source for historical birth, death and marriage records in New Zealand. It’s the first place to start your query and offers the following information along with the year and registration number of each recorded event:
- Births that occurred at least 100 years ago (including the parents’ first names)
- Marriages that occurred at least 80 years ago
- Deaths that occurred at least 50 years ago or where the deceased’s date of birth was at least 80 years ago (and may include the exact birth date as supplied on the death record)
When ordering copies of original records, it is preferable to order a printout, as it is a copy of the original document and usually has more information than a certificate.
You can also download a form, particularly if you plan to use registration numbers sourced from microfiche indexes or the NZSG New Zealand Marriages 1836–1956 CD-Rom index database.
Archives New Zealand guide
Archives New Zealand’s Personal Identity research guide describes records relating to marriages and deaths: specifically Intentions to Marry (for the whole of New Zealand for the period 1856–1956) and coroners’ inquests, probates, as well as other records including adoption information.
Papers Past contains a lot of birth, marriage, or death notices, and some obituaries. Try searching under the name of your ancestor but don’t forget to try different spellings of the name and limit your search results by date if you are getting too many hits.
BDM resources available onsite at the Library
Births within the last 100 years
For births, deaths or marriages that occurred before the 100 year limit on historical births you can use the microfiche indexes that are available on the open shelves in the General Reading Room, which cover 1840–1990. When used in conjunction with District keys to the NZ registration indexes, you can pinpoint where a birth or death was registered (1840–1955).
Note that the registration number on the microfiche index is different from the registration number used in the online historical Births, Deaths and Marriages records database.
Marriages within the last 80 years
The New Zealand Society of Genealogists’ New Zealand Marriages 1836–1956 (CD-Rom index database) is also extremely helpful for matching brides and grooms beyond the 80 year limit of the Department of Internal Affair’s BDM historical records database.
Ancestry Library Edition
Ancestry Library Edition is a subscription database you can access at the National Library and many public libraries. It recently added more New Zealand collection records. Note microfiche has been scanned (hence a possibility for error) and different registration numbers are used from Births, Deaths & Marriages online.
Baptism, marriage, and funeral registers in the unpublished collections
We hold baptism, marriage, and funeral registers for some churches in the greater Wellington region and other parts of the North Island, as well as some undertaker records.
Please note that there are fewer funeral records than baptism or marriage records, and that ‘undertakers and undertaking’ as a search term may prove useful. You can search for these record books on TAPUHI using the terms ‘baptism’ or ‘baptismal’ and ‘marriage registers’.
How do I find where my Ancestor is buried?
Graves, Bolton Street Cemetery, photographed in the late 1960s by the City Sexton, P J E Shotter. Ref: 35mm-25531-39a-F.
Death records and notices
Date and place of burial (or cremation) is given in death records and usually in death notices in newspapers. We also have a Wellington newspapers card index listing births, deaths, marriages, and anniversaries for 1969–1990, which while not comprehensive, can be useful.
The Alexander Turnbull Library biographies index, which is available on microfiche in the reading room and also held by some large public libraries, gives you access to a large collection of biographical newspaper notices (c1890–1988) concerning ordinary people throughout New Zealand.
Canterbury Public Library newspaper index on microfiche, may be useful for historical material.
Cemetery locations and burial records
We hold the New Zealand Society of Genealogists (NZSG) New Zealand Burial Locator V 2.0 CD-Rom database, an index pointing to a selection of burial sources throughout New Zealand. In our Family History collections you can also browse all the NZSG microfiche cemetery indexes, a comprehensive collection of New Zealand cemetery locations, burial records, transcriptions of headstones (monumental inscriptions), and cremation records.
Morris Junior, and J E Taylor and Sons (now Lychgate Funeral Home), which covers central Wellington and inner suburbs from 1897–1989.
Westland Funeral Services records, includes information about burials in Greymouth and surrounding areas from 1888–1964, with some gaps.
Angus Family Funeral Directors in Lower Hutt covers 1990–2006.
Diocese of Wellington and other Church records can also sometimes be helpful. Note their compilation and content varies by denomination. For example, the early Lutheran Church put all family events, baptisms, marriages, and burials in a single ‘Church book’. However, for family connections, death notices (when published) are likely to tell you more.
Death notices available online
Many institutions have created indexes, and Christchurch City Libraries has compiled a very useful list of New Zealand Newspaper archives and indexes.
For earlier deaths check Papers Past and our online catalogue for newspaper holdings; and for more recent deaths (since December 2006) check AMemoryTree.co.nz as it lists the dates when death notices appeared in newspapers (over 98% of those published).
New Zealand Herald’s Family Notices are indexed in the New Zealand Index subscription database available onsite, and Press Display has searchable full-text of a wide range of New Zealand and overseas newspapers from the last 90 days. Your public library may have a subscription to one or both of these databases.
Many New Zealand cemeteries have their burial and cremation records online. In most instances they give date of death and burial or cremation, and in some instances they include photographs, transcriptions, occupation, age, the plot number, others in the same plot, and, more rarely, the cause of death. Christchurch City Libraries has a comprehensive guide to New Zealand cemeteries online databases as does Local Government Online’s Cemeteries search.
Will of Katherine Mansfield Murry, dated 9 Jan 1923 and certified 5 Apr 1923. Ref: MS-Papers-7224-06.
Can I get my ancestor’s will or probate?
Probates are records of the probate process, which administers a deceased person’s estate. These are official government records and are held at Archives New Zealand.
Use Archives New Zealand’s Personal identity research guide for advice about where to access probates.
You can begin your search for probates in Archway, as most will be listed there. Family Search volunteers have been steadily digitising and indexing Archives New Zealand probate records, specifically New Zealand Probate Records from 1848–1991. Although records cannot be sorted easily, it is possible to limit your results using the filter ‘other year’ to select either the 1800s or 1900s.
A probate index may list the name of your ancestor as well as the date of the probate, which is often close to the date of death. It is worthwhile looking for probates of relatives of the deceased as well, as sometimes these may contain relevant documents.
A probate index will usually list a file number for the probate, which contains any related documents. You’ll need to note the number so that you can request the actual file. The Archway record will have the required details.
The Alexander Turnbull Library holds personal and organisational records. Only a small number of wills or probates are held here, generally amongst an individual’s personal papers in the Manuscripts collection.
When did my ancestors come to New Zealand?
There is no single place to look for a record of people’s arrival in New Zealand, and for many families there may be no surviving records. However, the library has many resources that could help you find records of your ancestors’ arrivals, and there are further sources of information available to you online.
Records were kept in many different forms, by a lot of different people
- Try searching using the full name, the last name and first initial, or just the last name
- If you’re looking for an unusual name, try different spellings
If you have, or can find, the name of the ship your ancestor arrived on, that will considerably narrow down your search.
Limiting the date range will also help.
Resources available at the Library
Access online passenger lists of people leaving Britain, Ireland or Australia, including outbound passenger lists from 1890–1960, and scanned images that provide information like occupation, address and country of birth.
View UK passenger lists online, outward from 1890–1960, and incoming from 1878–1960. Plus border crossings and passenger lists, largely involving North America, and Europe.
If you have the name of the ship, use these lists to get information about voyages between Britain and New Zealand. Most of the lists have been digitised by FindMyPast and Ancestry; only a few years (1875–1877) and (1885–1889) haven’t been done.
View the register of assisted (and some fee paying) immigrants from the UK to New Zealand, spanning 1839–1850.
Online resources for New Zealand arrivals by ship
Passenger and shipping lists:
- NZ Immigration Passenger Lists, 1855–1973 Archives New Zealand passenger lists that have been digitised (images of the original passenger lists) and indexed by Family Search volunteers, and which are constantly being added to
- Auckland Area Passenger Arrivals 1838–1889, 1909–1921
- Passenger lists 1843–1885 New Plymouth (Puke Ariki)
- Emigration to Canterbury: Shipping Lists 1856–1874 (Christchurch City Libraries)
- Passenger arrivals at Port Chalmers, New Zealand, March 1848 – January 1851
- NZ Bound passenger lists (hosted by Roots Web)
- Petone Settlers database New Zealand Company 1839–1850, Provincial government 1853–1870, Vogel govt. period 1871–1888, Social Security period 1886– (Hutt City Council)
- Early Settlers database New Zealand Company 1841–1850 (Nelson Museum)
- New Zealand Maritime Index (vessels, crew, etc.)
- Index to Outward Passengers to Interstate, UK and Foreign Ports, 1852–1923 & Ships’ Passenger list guide PROVguide 50 (Public Record Office Victoria) Note that New Zealand features among the foreign ports
- Papers Past is useful as many ships’ passenger lists were published in the newspaper at the time of arrival in New Zealand; and if the ship stopped en route in Australia
- Trove’s historical newspapers 1803– (National Library of Australia)
Get some background
For background material, try searching for ‘shipboard account’ or ‘shipboard diary’ in our unpublished material, or ‘emigration and immigration’, plus a region (like Otago or Canterbury) for more of an overview.
You might also enjoy reading published accounts such as Over the Mountains of the Sea: Life on the Migrant ships, 1870–1885 (2006).
To help you research ships, we have:
- White Wings, by Henry Brett Vol. I (Fifty Years of Sail in the New Zealand Trade, 1850 to 1900)
- Log of Logs (3 volumes), by Ian Nicholson
- Shipping to New Zealand 1839–1889: Comber Index
- New Zealand registered ships 1840–1950: Watt’s Index
Vol. II (Founding of the Provinces and Old-time Shipping. Passenger ships from 1840 to 1885)
We also have a small card index available in the reading room, and our staff can help you find even more resources.
How do I find information about my ancestor who served in a war?
Many New Zealanders or their close family have served in a major conflict and their records can help with your family research.
Get started online
Archives New Zealand’s War guide is a good place to begin your search. It describes what records they hold and is organised by period and conflict, focusing mostly on the Army (1840–1970s), but also the Air Force, Navy, Home Guard, prisoners of war, and nurses.
Archway lets you search across Archives’ personnel files for the Anglo-Boer (South African) War and for the period 1914–1920, including the First World War. All files are searchable by name and all of the South African War and most of the First World War (1914–1918) records are available online.
The New Zealand Defence Force holds personnel files relating to service after 1920, including World War II and later.
Auckland War Memorial Museum’s Cenotaph database is a biographical database of over 140,000 men and women who served their country in the New Zealand Wars, the South African War, the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, the Malayan Emergency, the Vietnam War, and more recently, service in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Also included are regular service members and those involved in various peacekeeping efforts throughout the world. Information sources include the official nominal rolls and New Zealand Gazette notices, and in many cases there are links through to digitised personnel files held by Archives New Zealand.
Digitised WWI Troopship magazines can also be found in the Auckland War Memorial Museum Library’s catalogue.
Remembering WW1 is part of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage’s First World War centenary programme and provides additional contextual material. Family members can contribute further information and photographs.
On-site resources for researching ancestors who served in a war
At the Library you can access several extremely useful subscription databases. Your local public library may be a subscriber too, so check what they have.
Ancestry Library Edition includes the following:
- New Zealand Army WWI Nominal Rolls 1914–1918 (100,721)
- New Zealand Army WWI Reserve Rolls 1916–1917 (179,188)
- New Zealand Army WWI Casualty Lists 1914–1919 (61,475)
- New Zealand Army WWI Roll of Honour 1914–1919 (18,165)
- New Zealand Army Medal Rolls 1860–1919 (7,765)
- New Zealand WWI Military defaulters 1919–1921 (2,484)
- New Zealand Army WWII Nominal Rolls 1939–1948 (124,535)
Findmypast.com.au allows you to search under the category ‘armed forces & conflict’ and limit to New Zealand databases. You can then further limit to either ‘record set’ or ‘collection’ to find these records:
- New Zealand War Medal Roll (4,458)
- New Zealand Boer War Servicemen (6,446)
- New Zealand WWI Soldiers (288,526)
The Genealogist has a significant collection of British military records if your ancestor served in the British armed forces:
- Casualty Lists
- The Dambusters, 1943
- Military Rolls & Lists: Air force, Army lists, Defence staff lists, Dispatches, Memorial, Militia lists, Navy lists, Prisoners of War, Rolls of Honour
- War Memorials (UK)
The First World War: personal experiences is a collection of primary and secondary material drawn from 10 contributing libraries worldwide and includes digitised diaries, documents (including the full-text of the Chronicles of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force), historical and interactive maps, images, and some oral histories.
Further online resources
These resources provide many ways to go deeper, and are particularly useful once you have more names, places, and units to search for.
Has details on 1,700,000 men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars and in many cases has photographs of memorials or burial sites.
Has some useful military research guides, such as Looking for a person, and more specific guides like Looking for records of a British Army soldier up to 1913.
Includes The London Gazette, plus the Belfast and Edinburgh gazettes, as well as the WWI and WWII editions with medal citations.
Has biographical and collection databases that can be helpful, as some New Zealanders signed up in Australia and vice-versa.
Hosts a large collection of digitised government records for both Australians and New Zealanders, including World War I and the Boer War. Public contributions of photographs and other supporting material are actively encouraged, as well as help with transcription.
Includes 376,000 digitised service records of those who served with the Australian army in World War I.
Links to an application form for post-1920 personnel files.
New Zealand Royal Honours is the official Governor General’s website.
Papers Past has lists of casualties, names of people departing for and returning from wars, or appearing in front of appeal boards either as conscientious objectors or for other reasons.
NZETC has digitised numerous fully searchable titles including topics like:
- New Zealand Wars history (73 titles)
- New Zealand First World War history (88 titles)
- New Zealand World War II history (106 titles)
Where can I find background information and context to the world wars?
Our collections include many books, original war diaries, war photographs, and oral histories. We hold the official photographs for WWI and WWII, plus J-Force and K-Force, as well as photographs taken by individuals. Many of these are digitised and available on our website.
Your ancestor may not have kept a diary while on active service (as it was officially discouraged) or may not have written about their war experiences.
Try searching across our collections for someone else on the same troopship or in the same regiment, or who served in the same location or who came from the same place – their diaries may refer to names of other servicemen and women.
For more guidance on using our collections, use our guide to the First World War.
Tracing where my ancestor lived
Sometimes you may have a lot of information about your ancestor but not know where they lived during certain periods. There are a number of ways to find this type of information including electoral rolls and directories, both of which are available on site at the Library.
We hold a complete set of electoral rolls from 1853 to present day, along with habitation indexes from the 1980s onwards, which allow you to search by address.
Telephone directories are another great tool which can help you locate an address. We hold these from the 1920s.
Can I trace ownership of my land?
Finding who owned land is trickier than finding who lived on it, but sometimes it’s the same person. Electoral rolls and directories list where people live, and provide starting points.
Records are available either through Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) or Archives New Zealand. These records are currently being moved from LINZ to Archives NZ. Check the locations of the most commonly used records for New Zealand’s 12 land registration districts.
Archives NZ has a research guide summarising records for Wellington. You can search the Deeds index, which tracks transfers of ownership. You can also search the index by names of registered owners, found in the Nominal Index.
As the LINZ records at Archives NZ are not complete you may need to try other avenues, for example local council records. Some land transfers can be found in the newspapers, so try searching for land owners’ names in Papers Past. You may also find mentions of changes of ownership in probate records.
How can I find out where my ancestors worked?
Searching for your ancestors’ names in Papers Past is a good starting point. Although not everyone made it into the newspaper, it has long been common journalistic practice to describe a person by their occupation, and sometimes by their workplace.
There is no centralised record listing where people worked. The electoral rolls, directories, and war records list occupations. You may be able to use this information to continue searching other collections or indexes.
Archives New Zealand holds a number of government employment records you may find useful, however some records still have access restrictions.
Archives also holds registers of occupations that had to be licensed or registered, such as law practitioners, barmaids, as well as liquor licensees. It also has medical, nursing and midwifery registers, and marine records.
Sometimes, records are lodged with local archives. Ask library staff about how to contact the institutions near where your ancestors lived.
What is the best way to search newspapers for my ancestors?
Newspapers are a great resource for turning up information on your ancestors. Often you’ll be able to find information relating to births, deaths, marriages or the arrival of ships that your ancestors sailed on.
More and more newspapers are being digitised and made available online. Papers Past covers the years 1839 to 1945 and includes 61 publications from all regions of New Zealand. Those that aren't online are often available from the Library on microfilm or in their original state.
The best way to search online newspapers is by trying different combinations of first name and surnames, as well as searching by initials, as people's names were recorded in many different ways.
If you are able to come to the National Library's Wellington reading room, use can use our subscription databases to search overseas newspapers. These include:
- Ancestry Library Edition
- Australia New Zealand Reference Centre
- Findmypast.co.uk, Findmypast.com.au, Findmypast.ie (Ireland)
- The Genealogist
- Origins Total Access
- Times Digital Archive 1785-1985
- 19th Century British Library Newspapers
- 19th Century UK Periodicals
- 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers
- The Guardian and The Observer 1791-2003
- The Irish Times 1859-2007
- The Scotsman 1817-1950
- Sydney Morning Herald 1955-1995
- New Zealand Gazette 1841-2004
Do you have a photograph of my house?
There’s a good chance that there is a photo of your house in our collections.
Start by being specific, and try typing in the house number and street name. If you get no results it may be because the record information is not detailed enough. In this case expand your search by using just the street name or suburb. You will likely get results that are not totally relevant, but there may be some shots of your house, either directly or in pictures of your neighbours' houses.
How do I keep tracing my ancestors in their country of origin?
When doing family history research in New Zealand you’ll often reach a point when your ancestors have come to New Zealand from further afield, meaning that you’ll need to expand your search overseas.
The National Library has a lot of resources that can help you with this, but it usually means you will need to come to our reading room in Wellington.
We hold a large number of newspaper collections, lots of guides, and major family history resources in various formats for Australia and the UK. We also have research guides for other countries and nationalities. Searching this site for British newspaper collections or British family history will turn up many of these items. We also regularly add new specialist advice books to our collections so it is worthwhile checking back to see if we have any new resources.
Ancestry Library Edition is a great tool for searching historical records from the USA, United Kingdom and Ireland, Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Many other libraries also subscribe so check your local library before heading into our reading room.
FamilySearch at the National Library
FamilySearch is a family history and genealogical research service that helps you access records from around the world. You can request specific records on microfilm or microfiche to be delivered for use at the National Library. FamilySearch charges a fee to cover their costs.
Use the library catalogue on the FamilySearch website to find the record you want to examine. You can search by name and date, but the best route to a record number is to search by place, and then drill down to a specific set of records. Parish records give you the most complete information about a family.
Take down the record number and head to FamilySearch’s film ordering site. You will need to register, order the record, and pay online. It takes about three weeks to arrive, and you will be contacted when the item is available for use at the National Library.
You’ll be able to access microfilm records for about three months before they have to be sent back. If the record is on microfiche, the loan is semi-permanent, and you’ll have access to it for much longer.
FamilySearch volunteers are available in the National Library reading room. If you want a hand finding the right record, or ordering from the website, they can help you out.
Publishing and preserving your family history
Your own ancestors may one day thank you for taking the extra step of publishing and preserving the results of your family history research. There are a couple of options you might consider for ensuring your family history is preserved for future generations.
Sharing or publishing your family history
Once you’ve compiled your family history research you can share it with others by publishing your work. The Library’s information on putting out a publication will help you get started. Another good introduction is the guide by John MacGibbon called Your family’s history: research, write and publish it .
Digital New Zealand’s Digitising family history and whakapapa guide will give you detailed information to help you scan, digitise, or digitally copy old family pictures, records and documents.
The Library is always pleased to consider items for donation to the collections as long as they meet our collections policy. We collect a wide range of materials relating to all aspects of New Zealand and Pacific life, including published and unpublished histories of families, groups, districts and organisations. To discuss making a donation, contact the Library with details about the items you wish to offer.
New Zealand Web Archive
The Library regularly harvests websites that meet our collections policy. If you have published your history research online, you can nominate your site to be added to our collections.
If you decide to publish your work in print, there are legal obligations to deposit 1 or 2 copies with the Library, depending on the size of the print run (1 copy if less than 100 printed, 2 copies if more than 100 printed). Read more about the Library’s Legal Deposit requirements.
Other places to research family history
Take your research beyond the National Library and the Alexander Turnbull Library. There are many more websites for family history and genealogy from New Zealand, Australia, Great Britain and Ireland, the Pacific Islands, and the United States of America.
Cyndi’s list of genealogy websites provides over 270,000 links to other genealogy and family history sites.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints site searches across several genealogy records and databases including Ancestral File, International Genealogical Index, Pedigree Resource File, the U.S. 1880 and British and Canadian 1881 census indexes and Record Search Pilot.
The RootsWeb surname list lets you search over 1.2 million surnames entries.
RootsWeb’s World Connect searches across more than 575 million names.
Major genealogical and historical research subscription site including English and Welsh census indexes and images from 1841-1901, as well as Scottish census indexes and transcriptions from 1841-1901.
Ancestry Library Edition is available in the Alexander Turnbull Library reading room in Wellington. It is also available at most local public libraries in New Zealand.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has the personal and service details and places of commemoration for 1.7 million Commonwealth Forces who died in the First and Second World Wars.
Has millions of free UK transcribed records.
Websites for genealogists (Australia).
Search and order birth, death and marriage records.
Family History group with news, events, and advice.
Access to the Archway online index to New Zealand Government Archives.
Search marriages by year, folio, or name.
Online history and genealogy resources, including passenger arrivals Auckland 1838-1886, 1909-1921.
Approximately 267,000 names from electoral rolls and street directories for Otago and Southland.
Articles, images, and resources from the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.
Includes the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, with over 3,000 biographies.
Introductory research to researching whakapapa.
Directory of priests ordained before 1931 who served in New Zealand, Polynesia, Melanesia and part of Papua New Guinea.
Includes text of war histories.
Includes family history guides, digitised Canterbury Police Gazette 1863-1876, list of online New Zealand cemeteries.
Millions of pages of full-text, digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The collection covers the years 1839-1932.
Subscription database. The New Zealand Index includes The Bibliography of Published New Zealand Family Histories listing 3, 465 separately-published histories of families with descendants in New Zealand. This bibliography is also available on FindNZ articles.
Great Britain and Ireland
Long distance voyages from the British Isles 1890-1960. Indexes free, pay for images and transcriptions.
The National Archives catalogue, DocumentsOnline with access to over 1,000,000 PCC wills 1384-1858, Service Registers of Royal Naval Seamen and World War One Medal Cards, online research guides, TNA Global Search.
Civil Registration index information for England and Wales. The FreeBMD Database currently contains over 178 million records.
10.3 million catalogue entries from 418 record offices and other repositories.
British History online, core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles, includes Victoria County histories and Survey of London.
Statutory Registers for births deaths, marriages 1855-2006, Old Parish Registers 1538-1854, census indexes and images 1841-1901, wills and testaments 1513-1901.
52 Scottish archives.
Subscription sites. English and Welsh section has nearly 20 million names from 1442-1872, including England and Wales census indexes and images for 1841, 1861 and 1871. Irish section includes index and images of Griffith's Valuation of Ireland, the most important database for Irish genealogical research prior to the 20th century.
Origins Total Access is available on public computers in our Thorndon Quay reading room.
1911 census of Ireland with indexes and images.
Free access to full text historic Australian newspapers, 1803 to 1954.
Registries for Australian births, deaths and marriage, many with online indexes.
Births 1788-1909, deaths 1788-1979, marriages 1788-1959.
Includes some assisted immigration to New South Wales indexes plus convict indexes.
Indexes unassisted passenger and crew arrivals to NSW 1845-1922, complete 1845-1879, access to original lists.
Indexes unassisted immigration from British, foreign and New Zealand ports to Victoria 1852-1923, British assisted immigrants 1839-1871, outward passengers to interstate, UK, NZ and foreign ports 1852-1901. The Family History Collection holds on microfiche the original unassisted British and foreign passenger lists 1852-1923, New Zealand passenger lists 1852-1923, assisted passenger lists 1839-1871.
Includes Index to Tasmanian Convicts 1804-1853, Index to Departures 1817-1867, Colonial Tasmanian Family Links Database, Index to Tasmanian Wills, Index to Divorces.
Online indexes include Wills 1857-1900, teachers 1860-1904, assisted immigration 1848-1912.
National Archives of Ireland’s transportation records database Ireland to Australia.
376, 000 digitised service records of those who served with the Australian army in World War I.
Australian War Memorial biographical databases - Roll of Honour, Commemorative Roll, First World War Nominal Roll, Boer War Nominal Roll, Honours and Awards (Gazetted).
Index to 2,297,887 million death notices from 168 Australian newspapers.
United States of America
Search the index of more than 22 million immigrants, passengers and crew who came through Ellis Island and the Port of New York 1892-1924.