We can help you research your family history

Births index cardThe Heritage section on Level 3 of the Central Library has resources for those looking to make a start on their genealogy research, as well as for more experienced researchers. Of particular value is our extensive range of unique Waikato material. We also have New Zealand and international resources.

Resources include:

  • Indexes to New Zealand births, deaths and marriages registrations, 1840-1990, on microfiche.

  • New Zealand electoral rolls, which contain details of persons registered to vote. 

  • New Zealand cemetery records, which contain indexed inscriptions to headstones as well as a geographical table for locating individual cemeteries.

  • Community archives, which include some baptismal and marriage registers, personal papers, letters, and diaries.

  • Council archives, which include early ratepayers' registers and minute books.

  • School, church and local histories.

  • Newspapers including the Waikato Times on microfilm from 1872 onward.

  • Historical directories including business, householder and telephone directories, some dating back to 1866.

  • Shipping passenger lists, mainly from the middle 19th century, which list ships and their passengers.

  • Historic maps featuring a good selection of maps for Hamilton and the Waikato including Waikato Militia land allocation maps.

  • Historic photographs featuring a wide range of photographs of Hamilton and the Waikato from the 1860s onward.

Family History Databases

The following are only accessible at Hamilton City Libraries locations.

Ancestry Library Edition

This subscription database gives you access to a wide variety of records to help with your family history research. This includes records from the United States and Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Find My Past

This subscription database is another excellent resource for family history researchers. It includes records from the United States and Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Maaori Land Court Minute Books Index

The Maaori Land Court Minute Books Index provides and easy access to an index of over 1,100 minute books from the Taitokerau, Waikato-Maniapoto, Tairawhiti, Waiariki, Aotea, Takitimu, and Waipounamu Maaori Land Court Districts. 

General Resources

Interment - search through millions of cemetery records, from thousands of cemeteries.
Cyndi's List - a highly-regarded list of genealogy sites on the Internet.
Familysearch - a comprehensive database from the Latter Day Saints, lots of material from all over the world including images. 
RootsWeb - hosts a mailing list for people who are interested in genealogy.
Find a Grave - Contains records for 92 million grave records in 400,000 cemeteries in 200 countries.
Gen Web - links to lots of genealogical information from all over the world.

New Zealand

Archives New Zealand - includes some very useful research guides.
Auckland City Libraries: Online Resources - includes Auckland area shipping lists, crown grants and cemetery records; Armed Constabulary of NZ 1867-1877; Auckland Police Census 1842-1846.
Births Deaths and Marriages - gives contact details, prices, etc., or you can search the historical indexes
Bibliography of Published New Zealand Family Histories - from the University of Waikato available in the FindNZ database.
Christchurch City Libraries - lots of useful information, including getting started tips and passenger lists.
Digital NZ - Searches a wide variety of New Zealand material including newspapers, images, maps, film and audio.
Hocken Library, University of Otago - the history and culture of New Zealand, the Pacific and Antarctica, with a special emphasis on the regions of Otago and Southland.
Maaori Newspapers.
National Library of New Zealand - family history page.  Also check the pages for collections, including AtoJ's online (Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives 1858-1930) and Papers Past for historic newspapers.
New Zealand Electronic Text Centre - free online archive of New Zealand texts. Including Cyclopedia of New Zealand.
New Zealand Society of Genealogists
Pearls Pad - various indexes for Northland, Auckland, Coromandel and Waikato.
Thames NZ Genealogy - This blog has lots of useful information if researching Thames families.
The Treasury - a purpose-built archive and family history centre in Thames. It has lots of information about the people of Thames.
University of Waikato - has some interesting resources in their digital collections including historical maps of the Waikato.
Varcoe's New Zealand Marriages database - is designed to be used in conjunction with the microfiche Marriages Indexes published by the New Zealand Registrar-General's Office.

 

Military

Auckland Museum Online Cenotaph - a biographical database of New Zealand service personnel from the 19th century to today.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission - includes the 'Debt of Honour Register' listing the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died during the two world wars and the 23,000 cemeteries, memorials and other locations worldwide where they are commemorated. The register can also be searched for details of the 67,000 Commonwealth civilians who died as a result of enemy action in the Second World War.
Discovering ANZACS - Explore a growing selection of government records about Australians and New Zealanders who served in World War I and the Boer War.
New Zealand Defence Force - Information about how to obtain service records for those who served in New Zealand forces in World War II.
New Zealand War Graves Project - Aims to photograph all war graves of members of the New Zealand Armed Services who have died in conflicts from the Anglo-Boer War to the present day.
Soldiers of Empire - a database of soldiers who served in the New Zealand Land Wars 1860-1870.

Shipping

Christchurch City Libraries - digitised passenger lists.
Denise and Peter's stuff - includes over 1000 passenger lists as well as other useful information.
New Zealand Maritime Index - search the index for vessels, organisations, subjects and people mentioned in books and magazine.
Petone Settlers Database - for ships coming to Wellington from the U.K, Australia and parts of Europe 1839-1897.

Whakapapa

28th Maaori Battalion.
The Journal of the Polynesian Society - The first 100 volumes of the journals, 1892 to 1992. Searchable. Useful for Maaori genealogies.
Maaori Land Online.
New Zealand Society of Genealogists Maaori Interest Group.
Whakapapa - from the Maaori Organisations of New Zealand page.
Maaori Marriages.

Australia

Australian Cemeteries - gives access to records for many Australian cemeteries. 
Australian War Memorial - information on soldiers in several wars, honour rolls, nominal rolls and links to useful contacts. 
New South Wales State Archives - site includes searchable shipping and arrival records, convict records and naturalization 1834-1903.
Public Record Office Victoria - is the archives of the State Government of Victoria. It holds records from the European settlement of Port Phillip district in the mid-1830s to today. Site includes searchable passenger lists and lists of convicts.
Mapping our ANZACs - Australian National Archives site with over 375,000 World War I service records (including chaplains, nurses and others).
Ryerson Index - index of death notices from Australian newspapers.
Trove - historic Australian newspapers 1803-1982.

United Kingdom

GOV.UK - for ordering copies of birth, marriage and death certificates.
DustyDocs - a portal to lots of sites from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
FreeBMD - an on-going collaborative project transcribing the Civil Registration index of births, deaths and marriages for England and Wales and to make this information freely available on the internet.  See also FreeCEN (census data) and FreeReg (parish registers).
GenUKI church database - type in a place name and receive a list of churches within a specified distance, then look at general information about them as well as what records they have available.
GenUKI - homepage has links to a large range of British and Irish information.
The National Archives - includes a searchable catalogue.
UK BMD - offers links to sites which provide UK birth, marriage, death and census records.  See their Online Parish Clerks page for links to sites which offer transcriptions of parish records.

Ireland

1911 Census - the National Archives of Ireland has released the full 1911 Census, along with information on what Ireland was like in 1911.
Griffiths Valuation - the first full-scale property valuation in Ireland published between 1847-1864.
Roots Ireland - a subscription site run by the Irish Family History Foundation offering records for most parts of Ireland.
Irish Genealogy - search the 1901 and 1911 census, Griffith's Valuations, tithe applotments, Ireland-Australia Transportation Database, Ellis Island, Births, Deaths and Marriages and much more.
Catholic Parish Registers - from the National Library of Ireland contains records of Catholic baptisms and marriages up to 1880.
Lewis' Topographical Index of Ireland - published in 1837, gives descriptions of places in Ireland.
National Archives Ireland.
Ordnance Survey Maps of Ireland
Public Record Office Northern Ireland.

Scotland

National Library of Scotland's Digital Gallery - lots of Scottish historical documents, including maps of Scotland and Scottish directories 1773-1911.
Scotland's People - the official government source of genealogical data for Scotland. Registration is free but you need to pay to view the records. 
Scotland's Family - a portal with links to lots of free Scottish records.

Other Countries

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database - a database of those who fought in the American Civil War both Union and Confederate.
Ellis Island - US immigration information, free to register.
Immigrant ships transcribers guild - a database of passenger lists for ships from the UK.