Family History

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.

We also offer one on one help with your family history search as well as research requests. These can easily be booked below though our online forms.

Library Resources

Our library, and a series of online resources, are available to help you discover your family history.

Ancestry
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. This database can only be used in the Library.

Local Collection
Contains items relating to Invercargill, Southland, Stewart Island, and other southern islands. It includes books, directories, maps, CDs, DVDs and more. Some early Otago items are also included. Ask at the First Floor Help Desk for these items.  Local Collection items can only be used in the Library.

Newspapers
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 First Floor Help Desk for these items. Library members can also access newspapers online.

Websites

Below are a list of external websites that may be helpful in your Family History research.

Invercargill Cemetery Search
Allows you to search the Eastern, Bluff, Green Point, and Saint Johns Cemeteries, and the Invercargill Crematorium databases

Births Deaths and Marriages Online
Provides historical data only.

Southland District Cemeteries
Search the Southland District cemeteries for ancestors

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

NZ Yesteryears
Passenger lists for ships that came to Southland

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

 WW100
Marks the First World War centenary from 2014-2019