There is no centralised record listing where people worked. The electoral rolls, directories, and war records list occupations. You may be able to use this information to continue searching other collections or indexes. Archives New Zealand holds a number of government employment records you may find useful, however some records still have access restrictions.
The section on teachers in their education guide is also helpful.
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Archives also holds registers of occupations that had to be licensed or registered , such as law practitioners, barmaids, as well as liquor licensees. It also has medical, nursing and midwifery registers, and marine records. Sometimes, records are lodged with local archives. Other places to look include the New Zealand Gazette Archive — which is available on a PC in our reading room. For more recent years the Department of Internal Affairs publish online a searchable database of gazette notices from onwards.
The AtoJs online —, Session 1 [ Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives , sometimes referred to as AJHR] digitised volumes are useful for finding all kinds of information including bankruptcies, sheepholder returns, lists of teachers from c to , reports, returns, etc.
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Another version called Parliamentary Papers is available within Paperspast. Newspapers are a great resource for turning up information on your ancestors. More and more newspapers are being digitised and made available online. Papers Past covers the years to and includes over newspapers and periodicals from all regions of New Zealand. Those that aren't yet online can be ordered onsite via the National Library catalogue in the general reading room where you can either scan articles to a USB stick or print them off. Only a very small number are available in hard copy, in the Katherine Mansfield reading room.
The best way to search online newspapers is by trying different combinations of first name and surname, as well as by initials, as personal names may be recorded in many different ways. The National Library has a lot of resources that can help you with this, but it usually means you will need to come to our reading room in Wellington. We hold a large number of newspaper collections, lots of guides, and major family history resources in various formats for Australia and the UK.
We also have some resources and research guides for other countries and nationalities. We also regularly add new specialist-advice books to our collections so it is worthwhile checking back to see if we have any new resources. Many other libraries also subscribe so check your local library before heading into our reading room. We also have subscriptions to Findmypast. FamilySearch is a free genealogical resource that helps you access millions of records from around the world, using the extensive historical collections of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints LDS.
First try searching on the FamilySearch catalog to find a digitised record you want to examine. The best way to find a record number is to search by place, and then drill down to a specific set of records. While Parish records give you the most complete information about a family, the wiki and research guides are also useful. This means that onsite in our General Reading Room, on the first floor of the National Library, you can access many digitised records that were previously only accessible at a LDS Family History Center — and that you can download images of these records to your own laptop via our free public wifi.
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Alternatively, if you want help in finding and viewing FamilySearch records or saving FamilySearch images for your family history, you can make your way to the FamilySearch Service. Contact: t: 04 10am—4pm Tuesday—Friday and Saturday 9am—1pm, except mid-December to mid-January. Your descendants may one day thank you for taking the extra step of publishing and preserving the results of your family history research.
There are a couple of options you might consider for ensuring your family history is preserved for future generations. The Library is always pleased to consider items for donation to the collections as long as they meet our collections policy.
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We collect a wide range of materials relating to all aspects of New Zealand and Pacific life, including published and unpublished histories of families, groups, districts and organisations. To discuss making a donation, contact the Library via the Ask-a-Librarian form with details about the items you wish to offer. The Library regularly harvests websites that meet our collections policy. If you have published your history research online as a website, you can nominate your site to be added to our collections.
If you decide to publish your work in print or as an ebook or CD-ROM, there are legal obligations to deposit 1 or 2 copies with the Library, depending on the size of the print run 1 copy if published digitally or less than physical copies published, 2 copies if more than published. Google Advanced and family history search engines such as Mocavo may be helpful for finding online forum discussions about people you are interested in, family trees, etc.
Try Google Books , although copyright restrictions may mean you only get a snippet view. The Internet Archive is a wonderful resource, likewise the Hathi Trust , and FamilySearch has a growing number of digitised books. Many websites can assist you with your family history research, including a number of commercial sites where people submit their family trees; although you may need to verify the information.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints hold records that span billions of names across hundreds of collections — including birth, marriage, death, probate, land, military, International Genealogical Index IGI and more. Their wiki and research guides give helpful advice. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has the personal and service details and places of commemoration for 1. Although Ancestry.
Archway is the online catalogue to New Zealand Government Archives. Particularly useful are the Research guides as well as the audiovisual archives material produced by the National Film Unit.
Explore our collections to find books, images, maps, articles and more. Hosts millions of digital images and objects from New Zealand libraries, museums, and institutions; and facilitates activities that re-use and re-purpose digital content. Online Cenotaph database is a useful and growing resource for biographical and service details for more than , New Zealand service men and women from the 19th century till today, with a focus on the First and Second World Wars.
Auckland Museum Library. Has a wealth of online resources such as Cemeteries and cemetery records including a comprehensive directory of online cemetery databases; Digital collections include the digitised Canterbury Police Gazette —; Emigration includes scanned Embarkation lists —; Family History guide ; and Newspaper archives and indexes a directory of NZ-wide holdings. Offer a useful local history guide , as well as the Evening Post clipping database, Upper Hutt City Library — Recollect heritage collections.
A knowledge basket of images, audio, video, and documents, that are collected and catalogued by the community.
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A significant heritage collection that is focused on the Pacific and Antarctica, with a special emphasis on the Otago and Southland regions of New Zealand. APNK host a number of online digital repositories on behalf of public libraries. These repositories are called Kete and library staff or members of the community use them to share: photographs, audio, video, documents, personal accounts, memoirs, and stories.
Contributors range from individuals and small local organisations through to large institutions with nationally-significant collections. Articles, images, and resources on a wealth of topics from the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Includes the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, with over 3, biographies and a vast collection of online resources on the history, culture, peoples, natural environment, economy and society of New Zealand.
Established in at Victoria University of Wellington, the NZETC is a rich resource of digitised New Zealand texts on a variety of topics including New Zealand history, literature and biography, as well as broader projects focusing on Maori legal resources, encompassing Maori and Pacific subjects amongst others. Blain biographical directory of Anglican clergy in the South Pacific.
Births, deaths and marriages registries. New South Wales registry for births, deaths and marriages. Search family history historical indexes for births , deaths , marriages Note that in some cases you can see the original scanned image in the subscription database Ancestry. Indexes unassisted immigration from British, foreign, and New Zealand ports to Victoria —, British assisted immigrants —, outward passengers to interstate, UK, NZ, and foreign ports — The Family History Collection at the National Library holds on microfiche the original unassisted British and foreign passenger lists —, New Zealand passenger lists — and assisted passenger lists — Queensland State Archives.
Queensland family history research. Genealogy South Australia. Explore a growing selection of government records about Australians and New Zealanders in World War I and the Boer War, alongside contributions from individuals. Ireland-Australia transportation database.
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Obituaries Australia is hosted by the National Centre of Biography at the Australian National University, and offers published obituaries relevant to the history of Australia. People Australia is also hosted by ANU Australian National University and offers standalone biographies by searching across all the National Centre of Biography's biographical websites. Dictionary of Australian Biography is the pre-eminent dictionary of Australian national biography. Pacific Island guide to family history research.
Over collections of overseas missionary materials including New Zealand held in the United Kingdom. Formed by British missionary societies, collections of personal papers, printed matter, photographs, other visual materials, and artefacts. PAMBU locates and microfilms archives, manuscripts, and other unpublished material from the Pacific region.
The Alexander Turnbull Library is a partner library, with a large collection of Pacific Manuscripts Bureau microfilms , which can either be viewed onsite here in Wellington, or borrowed via the interloan system through your local public library. British Library's family history guide for India Office records.
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Civil Registration index information for England and Wales. Government Record Office, UK certificates. You will need to register for free first, using an email address and secure 8 letter password. The date range for searching is a maximum of two years. And if needed you can purchase a certificate online. British History online, core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles, includes Victoria County histories and Survey of London.
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Statutory Registers for births deaths, marriages , Old Parish Registers , census indexes and images , wills and testaments , valuation rolls — Payment is required. Historical directories, local and trade directories for England and Wales, from to University of Leicester. Try the advanced keyword search. Census of Ireland and indexes and images. Public Record Office of the Republic of Ireland, certificates.