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We have 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.

Ancestry.com and Find My Past databases are both currently available from home for a limited time. To access Ancestry, a Library card and password is required. Please contact the team via the research enquiry form below to access Find My Past from home.

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.

School, church and local histories from across the Waikato and beyond.

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. 

We also hold a collection of resources on behalf of the Hamilton Branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists which is available for public use at Central Library.

Members of the Branch are also available every Thursday morning between 10.00am - 12.30pm to assist members of the public with genealogical research. 

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