New Zealand birth, marriage and death historical indexes now online

Birth, marriage and death historical indexes for New Zealand have been made available this week on the Department for Internal Affairs website which is great news for anyone researching ancestors in New Zealand.

The compulsory registration of these events began in 1848 for births and deaths and 1856 for marriages; however some of the records on the database go back as far as 1840 because the information has been gathered from other sources such as church registers. Through the website you have access to information about:

  • Births that occurred at least 100 years ago
  • Stillbirths that occurred at least 50 years ago
  • Marriages, and eventually civil unions, that occurred 80 years ago
  • Deaths that occurred at least 50 years ago or the deceased’s date of birth was at least 80 years ago

These restrictions are to protect the privacy of  people who might still be alive. Once you have found that elusive ancestor, ordering of the printout can be done online. Printouts, rather than certificates, should be ordered for family history purposes as they may contain more information.

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