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, MyHeritage and The Genealogist. Many family notices can be found in historic niupepa online – Papers Past for New Zealand and Trove for Australia. We also offer access to BDM microfiche indexes and district keys.


Access to resources

  • Ancestry.com is available for access at home up to 31 August 2020. Access is normally in library only.
  • The Genealogist is usually only available at a library. You cannot access The Genealogist from home.
  • Find My Past provides limited access to information without being signed in. Full access is usually only available at a library.  
  • MyHeritage provides full access to information whilst signed in from home or at a library.
  • BDM microfiche indexes are accessible in all Auckland Libraries research centres and selected community libraries. These fiche cover 1840 - 1990.
  • District keys are accessible at Auckland Libraries research centres, although years covered may vary across locations, from 1848 - 1955 only. These can help identify the district in which a birth or death was  registered. 
  • BDM indexes for 1991 - 1997 can be accessed via a unique database at Auckland Research Centre only, located in Central City 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.

Tip

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


A number of other BDM resources like parish records or church registers can also be found in our catalogue by searching with the reference 2 NZL BDM.


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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