Genealogy Websites

New Zealand resources

New Zealand War Histories

New Zealand war histories can provide background information about the times and places of your ancestors. These are available online from the NZ Electronic Text Centre.

Resources from other Countries 

  • Ancestry.com - is a very extensive family history website. The database can be searched for free, but you will need to subscribe if you want to view the records, or come into a library and use Ancestry Library Edition on our computers or your own wifi-enabled laptop. Ancestry.com gives access to a wide variety of content from British, American, European and Australian sources such as census records, birth registers, immigration records etc. Ancestry.com also has some very good guides for people starting out in genealogy.
  • FamilySearch - is the largest genealogy organisation in the world, with an extensive database of family records that can be accessed free
  • RootsWeb - great resource for family research, with links to thousands of websites
  • The Ryerson Index - an index to death notices appearing in Australian newspapers
  • Findmypast.co.uk - UK family history search site
  • FreeBMD - contains the civil registration index information for England and Wales from 1837 onwards
  • FreeCEN - is a searchable database of UK census returns from 1841 to 1891
  • FreeREG - is an index of baptism, marriage and burial records transcribed from parish and non-conformist registers of the UK
  • UK BMD - links to all the UK local BMD projects
  • Dustydocs - links to free websites in The British Isles containing parish records
  • Genealogy Gateway - a conduit to genealogy information online with regular updates
  • OZ Gen Online - Australia's family history server
  • Scotland's People - births, deaths, marriages, census records, wills and testaments, 1513-now
  • Irish Family History Foundation - an extensive database if you are researching your Irish ancestors.
  • Expert Links: English Family History and Genealogy - comprehensive list of English genealogical sites
  • A Vision of Britain Through Time - a vision of Britain 1801-2001 including maps, statistical trends and historical descriptions
  • Deceased Online - a rapidly expanding database of burial and cremation records for the UK, Ireland and Scotland
  • Scottish Post Office Directories - 700 digitised directories from 1773 to 1911
  • Cyndi's list of genealogy sites on the internet - shipping lists, maps, gazetteers and geographical information etc.
  • GENUKI - provides a virtual reference library of genealogical information of particular relevance to the UK and Ireland
  • England IGI batch numbers - International Genealogical Index batch numbers for England counties
  • Historical Directories - is a digital library of local and trade directories for England and Wales from 1750 to 1919
  • BBC family history site - has excellent tutorials on getting started in family history research and the next steps
  • The National Archives - catalogues and online records -  includes records held by The National Archives, TNA records digitised on other websites, and records held in other archives