We are delighted to announce the publication of 4.7 million records from three new collections from New Zealand: New Zealand, Birth Index, 1840–1901, New Zealand, Marriage Index, 1840–1901, and New Zealand, Death Index, 1840–2021. The records in these collections are provided by the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs and are the main source of vital records in New Zealand. If you have roots in this island down under, these collections offer important details about your ancestors.
Here are more details about each of the collections.
This collection of 2 million records is an index of birth registrations from throughout New Zealand. Records may contain the first and last name of the individual, the name of the father and mother, the birth year of the individual, and the registration number.
Births have been officially recorded in New Zealand since 1848, and were originally under the jurisdiction of the Colonial Secretary. If a birth was a stillbirth, this is indicated in the record.
This collection is an index of marriage registrations from throughout New Zealand. Records may contain the first and last name of the bride, the first and last name of the groom, the year the marriage took place, and the registration number.
Marriages have been officially recorded in New Zealand since 1854, and were originally under the jurisdiction of the Colonial Secretary.
This collection of 2.4 million records is an index of death registrations from throughout New Zealand. Records may contain the first and last name of the individual, year of death, age at death, birth date, and registration number.
Deaths have been officially recorded in New Zealand since 1848, and were originally under the jurisdiction of the Colonial Secretary. A law in 1913 required that Mäori deaths also be registered, and these records were part of a separate registration system until 1961.
Found in the birth collection is the record of Eileen May Duggan, New Zealand poet and journalist.
The marriage collection contains a record of the marriage of famous physicist Ernest Rutherford to Mary Georgina Newton in 1900. Just a few years later, in 1908, Ernest won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work on radioactive half-lives. He was the first Nobel prize-winner from Oceanian descent.
In the death collection is the record of renowned pharmacist and inventor, Colin Albert Murdoch, who invented the child-proof medicine cap as well as other well-known healthcare-related inventions.
The New Zealand birth, marriage, and death record collections are a great asset to anyone researching their New Zealand heritage, as they constitute an important resource of vital records.
Searching the collections on MyHeritage is free. To view these records or to save records to your family tree, you’ll need a Data or Complete subscription. If you have a family tree on MyHeritage, our Record Matching technology will notify you automatically if records from these collections match your relatives.
Enjoy the new collections!
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