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Useful websites for family history research


 GENERAL RESOURCES - search through millions of cemetery records, from thousands of cemeteries
Cyndi's List - a highly-regarded list of genealogy sites on the Internet
Familysearch - a comprehensive database from the Latter Day Saints, lots of material from all over the world including images
RootsWeb hosts a mailing list for people who are interested in genealogy. They also have a searchable surname list
Find a Grave - Contains records for 92 million grave records in 400,000 cemeteries in 200 countries


A Memory Tree is a useful site for finding recent death notices from New Zealand
Archives New Zealand - includes some very useful research guides
Auckland City Libraries: History and Genealogy Digital Library - includes Auckland area shipping lists, crown grants and cemetery records; Armed Constabulary of NZ 1867-1877; Auckland Police Census 1842-1846
Births Deaths and Marriages  - gives contact details, prices, etc., or you can search the historical indexes
Bibliography of Published New Zealand Family Histories - from the University of Waikato available in the FindNZ database
Christchurch City Libraries - lots of useful information, including getting started tips and passenger lists
Dictionary of New Zealand Biography - the online edition of the 5-volume set
Digital NZ - Searches a wide variety of New Zealand material including newspapers, images, maps, film and audio
Early New Zealand Settlers - Contains lists of New Zealand settlers 1642-1839 and 1840-1845
Hocken Library, University of Otago - the history and culture of New Zealand, the Pacific and Antarctica, with a special emphasis on the regions of Otago and Southland
Land Information New Zealand - Information on how to track down land records
Maaori Newspapers
National Library of New Zealand - family history page.  Also check the pages for Alexander Turnbull Library digital collections, including AtoJ's online (Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives 1858-1930)  and Papers Past for historic newspapers
Naturalisation Act - This site lists historic acts, of interest is the Naturalisation Acts notably 1864 and 1865 which listed names of person who had been naturalised. 
New Zealand Disasters - lists of people killed by New Zealand disasters including drownings, shipwrecks and natural disasters
New Zealand Electronic Text Centre - free online archive New Zealand texts. Including Cyclopedia of New Zealand
New Zealand Society of Genealogists  
New Zealand Herald Obituaries - recent death notices from the New Zealand Herald
Otago Nominal Index - The Otago Nominal Index (ONI) is an index to names of people in documents held by the Hocken Collections initially covering the period up to the end of the provincial government in 1876 but later records are now being added
Pearls Pad - various indexes for Northland, Auckland, Coromandel and Waikato
University of Waikato - has some interesting resources in their digital collections; see their historical maps of the Waikato
Varcoe's New Zealand Marriages database - is designed to be used in conjunction with the microfiche Marriages Indexes published by the New Zealand Registrar-General's Office


Hamilton Online Cemetery Database - covers the three cemeteries operated by the Hamilton City Council
Kiwicelts - map and list of New Zealand cemeteries, some of which have online databases. Plus other useful genealogy resources for New Zealand, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, South America, shipping and maps.
Websites of New Zealand Cemeteries - links to online cemetery databases


Auckland Museum Online Cenotaph- a biographical database of New Zealand service personnel from the 19th century to today
Commonwealth War Graves Commission - includes the 'Debt of Honour Register' listing the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died during the two world wars and the 23,000 cemeteries, memorials and other locations worldwide where they are commemorated. The register can also be searched for details of the 67,000 Commonwealth civilians who died as a result of enemy action in the Second World War
Discovering ANZACS - Explore a growing selection of government records about Australians and New Zealanders who served in World War I and the Boer War
New Zealand Defence Force - Information about how to obtain service records for those who served in New Zealand forces in World War II
New Zealand War Graves Project - Aims to photograph all war graves of members of the New Zealand Armed Services who have died in conflicts from the Anglo-Boer War to the present day
Prisoners of the First World War - The Geneva Base International Committee of the Red Cross has digitised its files of Prisoners of War from World War I
Soldiers of Empire - a database of soldiers who served in the New Zealand Land Wars 1860-1870


Auckland area passenger arrivals - from Auckland City Libraries
Christchurch City Libraries - digitised passenger lists
Denise and Peter's stuff - includes over 1000 passenger lists as well as other useful information
New Zealand Bound - including passenger lists and ship information, a site with many links
New Zealand Maritime Index - search the index for vessels, organisations, subjects and people mentioned in books and magazine
Petone Settlers Database - for ships coming to Wellington from the U.K, Australia and parts of Europe 1839-1897
Ships to New Zealand - includes ships of the Waikato immigration scheme


Cambridge Museum - historical and biographical information for Cambridge and surrounding districts
New Zealand Society of Genealogists Hamilton branch
Morrinsville Heritage Centre
Te Awamutu Museum
Thames NZ Genealogy - This blog has lots of useful information if researching Thames families
The Treasury - a purpose-built archive and family history centre in Thames. It has lots of information about the people of Thames
New Zealand Militia - Volunteers and Armed Constabulary 1863-1871 from Auckland City Libraries includes soldiers who enlisted in the 4 regiments of the Waikato Militia


28th Maaori Battalion
The Journal of the Polynesian Society - The first 100 volumes of the journals, 1892 to 1992. Searchable. Useful for Maaori genealogies
Maaori Land Online
New Zealand Society of Genealogists Maaori Interest Group
Whakapapa - from the Maaori Organisations of New Zealand page
Maaori Marriages


Australian Cemeteries - gives access to records for many Australian cemeteries 
Australian War Memorial - information on soldiers in several wars, honour rolls, nominal rolls and links to useful contacts
Coraweb - an Australian gateway site for tracing your family history. Includes links to Australian genealogical information and Births, Deaths and Marriages information for each state
New South Wales State Archives - site includes searchable shipping and arrival records, convict records and naturalization 1834-1903
Oz Gen Online - has links to many genealogy sites in Australia and worldwide
Public Record Office Victoria - is the archives of the State Government of Victoria. It holds records from the European settlement of Port Phillip district in the mid-1830s to today. Site includes searchable passenger lists and lists of convicts
Mapping our ANZACs - Australian National Archives site with over 375,000 World War I service records (including chaplains, nurses and others)
Ryerson Index - index of death notices from Australian newspapers
Trove - historic Australian newspapers 1803-1982


GOV.UK - for ordering copies of birth, marriage and death certificates
Digital library of historical directories - University of Leicester website that has digitised directories from 1750-1919 including lists of names, addresses and occupations of the inhabitants of the counties and towns they describe
DustyDocs - a portal to lots of sites from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales
FreeBMD - an on-going collaborative project transcribing the Civil Registration index of births, deaths and marriages for England and Wales and to make this information freely available on the internet.  See also FreeCEN (census data) and FreeReg (parish registers)
GenUKI church database - type in a place name and receive a list of churches within a specified distance, then look at general information about them as well as what records they have available
GenUKI - homepage has links to a large range of British and Irish information
London Lives - a fully searchable database of some 3.35 million names from London 1690-1800
Medieval Soldiers database - a database of medieval soldiers in England from 1369 to 1453
The National Archives - includes a searchable catalogue. Note also their King's Remembrancer database with records of taxation from 1173-1664
Old Bailey  - the proceedings of London's central criminal court searchable from 1674 to 1913
UK BMD - offers links to sites which provide UK birth, marriage, death and census records.  See their Online Parish Clerks page for links to sites which offer transcriptions of parish records


1911 Census - the National Archives of Ireland has released the full 1911 Census, along with information on what Ireland was like in 1911
Griffiths Valuation - the first full-scale property valuation in Ireland published between 1847-1864
Roots Ireland - a subscription site run by the Irish Family History Foundation offering records for most parts of Ireland
Irish Genealogy - search the 1901 and 1911 census, Griffith's Valuations, tithe applotments, Ireland-Australia Transportation Database, Ellis Island, Births, Deaths and Marriages and much more
Catholic Parish Registers - from the National Library of Ireland contains records of Catholic baptisms and marriages up to 1880
Lewis' Topographical Index of Ireland - published in 1837, gives descriptions of places in Ireland
National Archives Ireland
Ordnance Survey Maps of Ireland
Public Record Office Northern Ireland


National Library of Scotland's Digital Gallery - lots of Scottish historical documents, including maps of Scotland and Scottish directories 1773-1911
Scotland's People - the official government source of genealogical data for Scotland. Registration is free but you need to pay to view the records 
Scotland's Family - a portal with links to lots of free Scottish records
Scottish Documents - the Scottish Archive network has put together this site which includes wills, testaments and death notices


American Local History Network - historical and genealogical information to round out your research on your ancestors
Canadian Armed Forces WWII service files - database of Canadian service files for personnel killed in WWII. Also links to other Canadian military resources
Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database - a database of those who fought in the American Civil War both Union and Confederate
Ellis Island - US immigration information, free to register
Immigrant ships transcribers guild - a database of passenger lists for ships from the UK
U.S Gen Web - links to lots of genealogical information for the US, compiled by volunteers

Hamilton Libraries