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.
Our library, and a series of online resources, are available to help you discover your family history.
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.
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.
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.
Below are a list of external websites that may be helpful in your Family History research.