Auckland Libraries: Births, deaths and marriages

Finding records of births, deaths and marriages (BDM)

Te kimi rēhita ā-whānautanga, ā-matenga, ā-mārena

When starting your family history research, you'll want to look at BDM records.

BDM indexes

We have unique family history online resources, and provide free access to subscription websites like Ancestry.comFind My Past and The Genealogist. Many family notices can be found in historic niupepa online – Papers Past for New Zealand and Trove for Australia.

Access to resources

  • and The Genealogist are only available from a library. You cannot access these websites from home. 
  • Find My Past provides limited access to information without being signed in. Full access is only available at a library. 

For New Zealand records, start your BDM index search on the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) website  for:

  • births more than 100 years ago

  • marriages more than 80 years ago

  • deaths where the person was over 80 years, or died more than 50 years ago.


Don’t rely on indexes as your only source. We recommend that you request a printout, as these will have more complete information.

Requesting BDM documents

You can track down New Zealand BDM documents from the DIA. Printouts are available for the following years:

  • births and deaths - 1848 to 1997

  • marriages - 1854 to 1997

Visit the DIA birth, death and marriage historical records website 

Information listed on New Zealand BDM documents

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