Thursday, 3 February 2011

New New Zealand genealogy resources

In case the title made you look twice, it's not an example of the written equivalent of "The King's Speech."

Ancestry have posted seven separate New Zealand databases, some of which will include people with Anglo-Celtic connections.

Undoubtedly the gem is New Zealand, Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981. I found people I had previously researched; look for folks who disappeared fro the UK. Voters lists are a census substitute for jurisdictions like New Zealand where those were not retained. Over 20 million names are indexed, not bad for a country which today boasts a population of 4.3 million. Half the years are indexed, those indicated with an asterisk below.

1853-64*, 1865-66, 1866-67, 1867-68, 1868-69, 1869-70, 1870-71*, 1871-72, 1873-74, 1874-75, 1875-76*, 1876-77, 1877-78, 1878-79, 1879-80, 1880-81*, 1882-84, 1885-86*, 1887, 1890*, 1893, 1894, 1896*, 1897, 1899, 1900*, 1902, 1903, 1905-06*, 1908, 1911*, 1914*, 1919*, 1922, 1925, 1928*, 1931, 1935*, 1938*, 1941, 1943*, 1946*, 1949*, 1954*, 1957*, 1960, 1963*, 1966, 1969*, 1972*, 1975, 1978*, 1981*

Please Miss, can we have Canadian voters lists soon. Please.

There is also a useful collection of directories.

The full list of new New Zealand databases is:


Genealogy Database TitlePosted
New Zealand, Jury Lists, 1842-1862 2/2/2011
New Zealand, Maori Land Claims, 1858-1980 2/2/2011
New Zealand, Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981 2/2/2011
Canterbury, New Zealand, Provincial Rolls, 1868-1874 2/2/2011
New Zealand, Maori Voter and Electoral Rolls, 1908 & 1919 2/2/2011
New Zealand, Naturalisations, 1843-1981 2/2/2011
New Zealand, City & Area Directories, 1866-1955 - Free Index 2/2/2011

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