Connect to a deeper family story with Ancestry

Library members now have full access to Ancestry Library Edition from the comfort of your own home. Simply follow the link below, login with your user ID and PIN, and starting building your family tree!

What is my Library card number and password?

Your Library card number is the 8-digit number found just below the barcode on the back of your card. Your password/PIN would have been setup when you first signed up at the Library. 

Don’t remember your password? Message us on Facebook or send an email and we can reset it for you.

Family History lunchtime sessions

Be enthralled with your snacks at our free lunchtime talks, in collaboration with The NZ Society of Genealogists, Southland Branch.

Each talk delves into a different subject, from how to find family treasures from the Son of a Kāi Tahu princess to identifying the era from photos.

At 12.15 pm from the 6th to 10th of August, our talented speakers will share their insight into exploring Family History and the tools you need to explore them.


  • Monday 6
    Roger Washbourn, NZSG Southland
    Introduction to family history
  • Tuesday 7
    Jay Coote, Invercargill Public Library
    Edward Fowler: the son of a Kāi Tahu princess
  • Wednesday 8
    Wendy Shaw, NZSG Southland
    Identifying old photographs by the clothing worn
  • Thursday 9
    Wendy McArthur, Invercargill City Council
    Accessing historic City Council records
    Southland Roman Catholic Church records
  • Friday 10 (Talk has changed)
    Mary Stuart, NZSG Southland
    Lone Graves in Southland
    Roger Washbourn, NZSG Southland
    Missing persons in Fiordland

Trace your WW1 Soldier this April

Our Book a Librarian service is a free service to help with research, reading advice and technology. This month, we are drawing focus to our research component with special Trace your NZ WW1 Soldiers bookings.

Each session is free, and will pair you with a research Librarian for a one-on-one session. We will tailor-make the session to your own requirements. You will have access to online databases, websites and library reference collections to help search for information on any New Zealand Solider who fought in WW1.

If this sounds like you then fill out the form below, and be sure to choose “Trace your soldier” as your enquiry type.

Free family history talks in August. Bring your lunch, and learn!

The NZ Society of Genealogists, Southland Branch, in association with the Invercargill Public Library, is presenting a week of Family History lunchtime sessions.

Each session runs for 45 minutes, starting at 12:15pm in the Library Meeting Room. Bring your own lunch along, and enjoy. Tea and Coffee will be provided.

Family History Talk Timetable

Monday 7 August

Introduction to genealogy & family history and how to record your  results.  

Session is run by Roger Washbourn of NZ Society of Genealogists Southland Branch.

Tuesday 8 August

The journey of my whakapapa: How I used the resources available to explore my Māori Heritage.

Session is run by Jay Coote, Community Connections Coordinator at Invercargill City Libraries and Archives.

Wednesday 9 August

Family Research in England and Wales.  

Session is run by Lesley Instone of NZ Society of Genealogists Southland Branch.

Thursday 10 August
Image of a photo in our Archives

Highlights from the Archives Collection. A brief look into what’s new and popular in our Archives.

Session is run by Elyse Clark, Archives Assistant at Invercargill City Libraries and Archives.

Friday 11 August

Gold rushes and Wardens Court Records. 

Session is run by Prue Turnbullof NZ Society of Genealogists Dunedin Branch.


For more information about these session, please contact the event coordinator, Family History and Research Librarian Denise Grant.

Denise Grant

Family History and Research Librarian
Email Denise
(03) 2111 444