New Zealand Compiled Genealogies

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The term genealogy is used in this outline and in the FamilySearch Catalog to describe a variety of records containing family information gathered by individuals, other researchers, societies, or archives. These records may include pedigree charts, compiled information on families, correspondence, ancestor lists, research exchange files, record abstracts, and collections of original or copied documents. Genealogies can be excellent sources of information that can save you valuable time. Because they are compiled from other sources of information, they must be carefully evaluated for accuracy.

Major Collections and Databases[edit | edit source]

The Family History Library has several sources that contain previous research which can lead you to others who are interested in sharing family information. These sources include:

  • International Genealogical Index (IGI). The IGI provides names, birth dates and places, christening dates and places, marriage dates and places for millions of deceased British and hundreds of thousands of deceased New Zealanders. The IGI is available on microfiche and on compact disc as part of FamilySearch.

Because of patronymic naming customs among the Maori people, the International Genealogical Index arranges these records under both the given name and the surname. On the compact disc edition, you can search for just the surname or under both the given name and the surname.

  • Ancestral File. This file is a part of FamilySearch and contains lineage-linked family history information in family groups and pedigrees that has been contributed since 1979. As of June, 1998, the file contains the names of millions of persons, including many thousands of New Zealand families. Ancestral File can print pedigree charts, family group records, and individual summary sheets for any person in the file.

  • Family Group Records Archives. Gathered submissions by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there are over 8 million families listed. This includes many New Zealand and Maori families. These records include: the Archive Section, the Old Patron Section and the Patron Section. The film numbers are listed in the Author/Title search of the microfiche version of the FamilySearch Catalog under:


  • British Vital Records Index. This is an index containing 4.5 million entries of births, marriages and christenings from each country in the British Isles. This is available on CD through the Salt Lake Distribution or foreign country Family History Service Center (write to the Salt Lake Family History Library for addresses and telephone numbers).

  • K.A. Johnson and M.R. Sainty, The Genealogical Research Directory. Sydney, Australia: the authors, 1985- . (Family History Library book 929.1025 G286grd.)

Family Histories[edit | edit source]

Some New Zealand families have produced histories or newsletters that may include genealogical information, biographies, photographs, and other excellent information. These usually include several generations of the family.

The Family History Library has a few published New Zealand family histories and newsletters. Copies at the Family History Library are listed in the Surname search of the FamilySearch Catalog. Not every name found in a family history will be listed in the catalog. Only the major surnames discussed in a family history are included. The National Library of New Zealand also has a collection of family histories.

Unpublished and manuscript family histories are sometimes found in special collections of universities and colleges and with private individuals. These unpublished family histories are generally inaccessible for research unless you can contact a representative of the family who deposited them.

Tilmouth, James. A Mariner Among The Maoris. A history of James Heberley eldest child of John Jacob Heberley. John Jacob a native of Germany who was captured at sea, and taken to Weymouth to start a new life, and settled there and married Elizabeth Curtis on 2 Jan. 1809. Their son James born at Weymouth, 22 Jan. 1810 and died in Picton New Zealand 26 September 1899, had 3 brothers, and at age 11, went to sea. He had a hard life until he got to New Zealand in 1830, where he married a Maori lady Te Wai Nahi, 13 December 1841. They had 8 children. James became the first Pilot for Wellington and The Sounds. He also claimed to be the first man to reach the summit of Mount Egmont on Christmas Day 1839, in company of Dr. Ernst Dieffenbach assisted by maori porters. Article has a picture of James, also another one with his wife Te Wai Nahi, and a sketch of Mount Egmont, with maori folk in the foreground. Article in The Hampshire Family Historian, vol. XV, no.3, November 1988, pages 171-174, Family History Library Ref. 942.27 B2h

Waugh, John R. Harper, Linda. Searching For A Lost Geordie. A history of two men from Haltwhistle, that emigrated to Wellington, New Zealand and their military history. History of John Waugh 1854-1938, father and mother John Waugh and Hannah nee Milburn. (2) Joseph Herbert Waugh, the son of Willian and Hannah Waugh, the nephew of John Waugh. Article in the Northumberland Durham Family History Society Journal, vol. 35, no.1, pages 18-20. Family History Library Ref. 942.8 B2jo vol. 35,no.1. (spring 2010).

McIntosh, Gordon. My McIntosh Family Tree Spurious branches included.. History of descendants of James McIntosh and Isabella (Nisbet) Wallace, with descendants in Edinburgh, St. Cuthberts, Northumberland - Wylam, Durham, Bishop Auckland, and New Zealand-Auckland. Surnames in the tree, Clements, Edwards, Hunter, Blair, Brown, Roycroft, Paxton, and Falconer. Article dated from 1794-1952 and is in the Northumberland and Durham Family History Society Journal. vol. 34, no.3, page 96-98. Family History Library Ref. 942.8 B2jo v.34,no.3, (autumn 2009)

Vanstone-Pegler, Adrienne N. Captain Joseph Price 1809-1901. History and family records of Joseph Price and Ann nee Harley. He was born 1809 at Northshields, and baptised at All Saints, Newcastle upon Tyne. This appears to be a seafaring family, and Joseph's brothers and sisters are born around England. This article gives the history of Captn. Joseph Price, and his work in New Zealand, being one of the first white people to walk to Kaiapoi Pa, Canterbury, New Zealand in 1831. His work in Otago, and Canterbury is explained, and his marriage to Akarie/Catherine, and later on to Jane Scott. Other surnames mentioned are Watterreus, Waterhous, Birdling, Mason, Robb, Courtney, Maud, Rains, Robertson, Radford, Creighton. Article is dated 1809-1907, Captain Joseph Price and some of the family are buried at Hampden Cemetery Otago. Article in The Northumberland Durham Family History Society Journal. vol. 32,no.1.pages 19-21, Family History Library Ref. 942.8 B2jo v.32,no.1. (spring 2007)

Writing and Sharing Your Family History[edit | edit source]

Sharing your own family history is valuable for several reasons:

  • It helps you see gaps in your own research and raises opportunities to find new information.
  • It helps other researchers progress in researching ancestors you share in common.
  • It draws other researchers to you who already have information about your family that you do not yet possess.
  • It draws together researchers with common interests, sparking collaboration opportunities. For instance, researchers in various localities might choose to do lookups for each other in remote repositories. Your readers may also share photos of your ancestors that you have never seen before.
See also:

Genealogical Collections[edit | edit source]

The Family History Library has a few collections of genealogical material for New Zealand families. These may include published and unpublished collections of family histories and lineages, as well as the research files of prominent genealogists. A large percentage (about 90%) of the oral pedigrees are recorded in the land court records.[1] One of the more significant collections in the Family History Library pertains to the Maori whakapaka (genealogies). One of the major genealogical collections is:

  • New Zealand oral genealogy project. Oral Genealogy Interview[s] 1973-1979. (Family History Library film 990404.) This film inventories the oral genealogies of many of the New Zealand Maori (Polynesian natives of New Zealand) tribal nations. It is a detailed inventory of audio taped oral interviews conducted by Irene Davies in behalf of the Family History Department, along with the audio tape numbers.

There are also collections of some Maori whakapapa at the Temple View Family History Center in New Zealand. Permission from the families may be needed to view some of these records.
For further Maori background and genealogical information, see:

A few New Zealand family histories are available in the Family History Library, normally listed under the surname of the family. Some collections of New Zealand pedigrees for the Maori are found in:

  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department Records Processing Division/Manual Processing Collections, 1949-1981. Salt Lake City, Utah: 1989. (Family History Library films 1553385-391.)
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Temple View Branch Genealogical Library (New Zealand). Family Group Sheets, April 1958-January 1984. Salt Lake City, Utah. 1984. (Family History Library films 1363907-915; 1363904-905; 1363916-935.)
  • Cole, William A. The Cole-Jenson Collection. Salt Lake City, Utah. 1984. (Family History Library films 1358001-009.)

The New Zealand Society of Genealogists has created several major New Zealand record collections. For information go to New Zealand Society of Genealogists

A few genealogical collections are listed in Place search of the FamilySearch Catalog under the following:


Because much of New Zealand’s European population came from Great Britain, searches of British compiled sources should be made. The following publications are some which list sources for published family histories and pedigrees or give biographical information:

  • Marshall, George W. The Genealogist’s Guide. Reprint of 1903 ed. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company 1980. (Family History Library book 929.142 M356g 1980.)
  • Stephens, Leslie and Sidney Lee. Dictionary of National Biography. Reprint. Oxford, Massachusetts: Oxford University Press, 1993. (Family History Library book 920.042 D561n 1993, 22 vols..)

If you find your surname in any of the sources described in this section, determine whether the entry actually pertains to your family. One way to help determine if a published or printed family history relates to your family is to note the locality of the surname. Often, you will have to do some additional research before you can connect your ancestry to families listed in these sources.

External Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: New Zealand,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1990-1997.