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  • Family History

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    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 1871 onwards.

    Databases, Directories, & Websites

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    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.


    Manuscripts and Pictorial Collections
    Of the Alexander Turnbull Library.


    Papers Past
    Digitised, searchable historic newspapers including Southland Times 1862-1920


    NZ Yesteryears
    Passenger lists for ships that came to Southland

    WWI Resources

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    Online Cenotaph
    A biographical resource which contains information on people who served in the New Zealand military

    Marks the First World War centenary from 2014-2019


    Kia Mate Toa
    Southlanders who served at Gallipoli


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    Denise Grant
    Research & Family History Librarian

    (03) 211 1444

    Papers Past is a great family history resource and two local historical newspapers have been added.

    The Southern Cross, March 1893- Dec 1908 is an Invercargill weekly paper that came out every Saturday.

    The Western Star Nov 1873- Dec 1920 is a Riverton newspaper which initially came out as a weekly on Saturdays.

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