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Family History Links

Links to websites that are useful for family history research.
Please note that not all information can be found online.
Updated: 10/09/2018 9:39 p.m.

Genealogy, family trees and family history records online. It has worldwide coverage of genealogical and historical records, with over thirty thousand searchable record sets, including census, vital, church, court, immigration records, and more. Ancestry has over 20 billion records, 80 countries of origin, and 100 million family trees.
There are 2 editions of Ancestry: Ancestry paid subscription and Ancestry Library Edition.
The Library edition is free to access in the Genealogy Room at Whangarei Central Library.  

Ancestry Family Trees
A free resource to help create your family tree.

Cemetery Records Online at 
A free online library of cemetery records from thousands of cemeteries across the world.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Cyndi's List
Cyndi's List has been a trusted genealogy research site for more than 20 years. Cyndi's List is free for everyone to use and it can be a starting point when researching online.
Note: This is a gateway website that provides thousands of links to other genealogy and family history sites.  

Dusty Docs
This is a gateway website that provides links to other genealogy and family history sites.

Family Search
FamilySearch is a non-profit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations. FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services each year to learn more about their family history.

Families in British India Society
Whether you are a genealogist, family historian or social historian researching India or South Asia between 1600 and 1947 our website can help you with your research. Let FIBIS help you break down those brick walls in your research. The Families in British India Society (FIBIS) is a self-help organisation devoted to members researching their British India family history and the background against which their ancestors led their lives in India under British rule.

The Federation of Family History Societies 
The Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) is an educational charity with over 160 member societies throughout the world. Most of them focus on a particular geographical area or on a specific surname but there are also a variety of other specialist organisations.

Find My Past
Findmypast’s billions of family history records are just waiting to be explored. Discover your ancestors with Findmypast’s exclusive records from Britain, Ireland and beyond. Twice the Irish records of any other site.
There are two editions of Findmypast: The paid subscription website and the Library Edition which is free to access in the Genealogy Room at Whangarei Central Library.

World GenWeb Project 
This is a gateway website that provides links to other genealogy and family history sites.  

New Zealand

Archives New Zealand

Auckland Area Passenger Arrivals

Auckland War Memorial Museum Online Cenotaph

Christchurch Libraries New Zealand Family History 

Dunedin Public Libraries Genealogy Resources 

Far North District Council Cemetery Records

Maori Genealogy - Whakapapa Maori
Māori culture, history, myth and legend encapsulated in whakapapa/genealogy.

New Zealand Birth, Death & Marriage Historical Records 
Search New Zealand Government records for historical BDM records.

New Zealand City & District Webmaps and GIS
Links to online maps of various Councils in NZ, including aerial views of homes in streets.

New Zealand Defence Force Personnel Records
Personal records of those who served from 1920 onwards.

New Zealand Immigration Passenger Lists, 1855-1973
Historical record collection on FamilySearch website.

New Zealand Society of Genealogists

New Zealand War Graves Project

The New Zealand War Graves Trust project has identified over 31,000 service men and women who, while serving with New Zealand and Allied forces, died in conflicts from the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) up to the present day and in peacekeeping operations. They are commemorated by burial in Commonwealth War Grave cemeteries, public cemeteries, graves in New Zealand or by inscription on memorials world wide.

New Zealand Yesteryears
New Zealand history resources for genealogists, particularly passenger lists.


Papers Past
Old New Zealand newspapers from the New Zealand National Library.

Pearls Pad 
Provides many links and contains a wealth of information relevant to Northland, New Zealand families.

Petone Settlers Database
Passenger database arrivals from the United Kingdom, parts of Europe and Australia to Wellington between 1839-1897.

Passenger Lists 
For information about immigrant ships to New Zealand and their passengers.

Tiaki - Alexander Turnbull Library
Search the Alexander Turnbull Library for unpublished documentary heritage of New Zealand, the Pacific and Antarctica. In order to use Tiaki researchers will need to have an RealMe account.

Varcoe's New Zealand Marriage Index
Search marriage databases from 1840.

Wellington City Libraries Heritage Resources 

2nd N.Z.E.F. Army and Nursing Service Personnel from Northland 
Database of members of the Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (World War II and J-Force Army service personnel) linked in some way to Northland, New Zealand.




Archives Office of Tasmania
Names indexes to search convict records, arrivals, departures, census, wills, etc.

Australia Trove
Australian newspapers, magazines, photographs, diaries, letters, etc.

A gateway site to Australian birth, death, marriages, immigration and convict records. 

New South Wales Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages 

 United Kingdom

Ancestors On Board
From Find My Past in association with The UK National Archives. Features BT27 Outward Passenger Lists for long-distance voyages leaving the British Isles from 1960 back to 1890. You can search for records of individuals or groups of people leaving for destinations including Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa and USA.

British Origins
British genealogy records 1209 to 1948.

For births, marriages, deaths in the United Kingdom from July 1837.

Free searches of British parish and non-conformist baptism, marriage and burial records.

United Kingdom Censuses 1841 to 1891  
Free searching of fully indexed database, then pay for access to detailed information and images. 

United Kingdom National Archives
Historical documents. 


Irish Family History Foundation (Roots Ireland)
Irish family history records including Birth, Death, Marriage and Gravestone records.

The National Archives of Ireland

Ireland Births Deaths Marriages Online
Order Irish Birth, Marriage or Death Certificates online.

Ireland Genealogy
Irish Census records. Available for a fee per item.

Emerald Ancestors
Northern Ireland genealogy and with an extensive Ulster ancestry database covering Irish Family records from civil registration indexes, church registers and historical sources in Counties Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone. Simple searches are free with membership fee for access to full records.





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