Family history

Researching your whakapapa? Wondering where to start?

Access the following resources with your library card and PIN//Password.
(Full access available only within the library). Trace your family history across billions of records, including census, military and immigration records from the United Kingdom, and across the world, including Australia and New Zealand.

British Newspaper Archive
(Full access available only within the library). Access millions of digital historic newspapers from the British Library. It includes news articles, family notices, letter, obituaries and advertisements. 

Find My Past
(Full access available only within the library). Search through billions of family history records from across the globe, including birth, marriage and death records, census and military records, historical newspapers and lots more.

Māori Land Court Minute Books Index
An index only, covering all seven Māori Land Court Districts - Taitokerau, Waikato-Maniapoto, Waiariki, Tairawhiti, Takitimu, Aotea and Te Waipounamu. A resource for people looking for information about Māori land, their whakapapa (family history), hapu (sub-tribe). The index will let you know what Minute Book you will need to access to read the full text. Ngā Wāhi Rangahau has most of the Tauranga Minute Books.  

Related information

You may find the following useful:

Birth, Deaths and Marriages Online 
Search for and order New Zealand Government records for births, deaths and marriages (BDM). The historic data available to search is limited so that information relating to people who might still be alive, can be protected

NZ History – Genealogy Links
Comprehensive collection of websites for family history research covering New Zealand, Australia and internationally.  

Papers Past
Digitalised historical New Zealand and Pacific newspapers, magazines and journals, letters and diaries and parliamentary papers.

Genealogy assistance
Tauranga City Libraries have many other resources and classes to assist you in your genealogy research.

Last Reviewed: 29/12/2017

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