If you’re just starting to research your family history, or you may be needing help with some pieces of your puzzle, we can help you with your genealogy research.
As well as published family histories we have Stone’s Otago & Southland directories, shipping and school records, current and historical electoral rolls and early local newspapers on microfilm from 1863 onwards.
Our library, and a series of online resources, are available to help you discover your family history.
This database can only be accessed from inside the library.
Provides access to census records, military records, land records, probate records, church records, directories, passenger lists and more. It includes New Zealand electoral rolls 1853-1981 and Māori electoral rolls 1908 and 1919.
Invercargill Cemetery Search
Allows you to search the Eastern, Bluff, Green Point, and Saint Johns Cemeteries, and the Invercargill Crematorium databases
Southland District Cemeteries
Search the Southland District cemeteries for ancestors
Births Deaths and Marriages Online
Provides historical data only.
Digitised, searchable historic newspapers including Southland Times 1862-1920
Passenger lists for ships that came to Southland
A biographical resource which contains information on people who served in the New Zealand military
Marks the First World War centenary from 2014-2019
The Research Collection has many resources useful for students and researchers. It includes historical information, statistical data, Government publications and New Zealand history. The library also has a reference collection which covers most topics. The St Andrew’s collection contains material about Scottish heritage. Ask at the Information Services desk for these items which can only be used in this area of the library.
The Local Collection has items relating to Invercargill, Southland, Stewart Island, and other southern islands. It includes books, directories, maps, CDs, DVDs and other formats. Some early Otago items are also included post-1860s. We try and obtain a copy of all published material with local content or by a local person. Ask at the Information Services desk for these items which can only be used in this area of the library.
We hold recent copies of most local and national papers. We store historic copies of the Southland Times, the Southland Daily News and other local newspapers. Some copies are on microfilm. Ask at the Information Services desk for these items. Library members can also access newspapers online.
Searches are free for the first 30 minutes, extra search fees start at $10. Copy charges may apply.