New Zealand Genealogy

Guide to New Zealand ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

New Zealand Wiki Topics
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Beginning Research
Record Types
New Zealand Background
Cultural Groups
Local Research Resources

Country Information

New Zealand is an island country in the Pacific Ocean. Its closest neighbours are Australia, New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. It is part of the British Commonwealth. The official languages are English and Māori.[1]

Getting Started

Getting Started with New Zealand Research

Links to articles on getting started with New Zealand research.

New Zealand Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in New Zealand research.

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Finding Your Ancestors' Town in New Zealand

  • Genealogical records are organized by geographical locality. Civil registration (government birth, marriage, and death records) and church records (christenings/baptisms, marriages, and burials) were kept at the local level. To search these records, you must know the town where your ancestors lived.
  • If you do not know your ancestors' town, follow the advice in the Wiki article, New Zealand Finding Town of Origin, to search a variety of records that might provide that information.

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Regions in New Zealand:

  • Auckland
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Canterbury
  • Coromandel
  • East Cape
  • Fiordland
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Kapiti
  • King Country
  • Manawatu
  • Marlborough
  • Northland
  • Otago
  • Southland
  • Taranaki
  • Waikato
  • Wairarapa
  • Wairarapa South
  • Wellington
  • Westland

More New Zealand Research Tools

Research tools can include resources that assist in locating correct records to search and determining the correct locality to search in. Below are links and Wiki articles to research tools in the New Zealand.

FamilySearch Resources

Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in researching your family.


  1. Wikipedia contributors, "New Zealand," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 28 March 2016.