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As you continue researching your family history, there are a number of other places you can look for more information.
Funeral directors' records will give you similar information to a death certificate, however, it’s best to only contact funeral directors when you have proof of which funeral director was involved (from a death notice) and the date of death.
We have an index, held at
Research Central, compiled by the New Zealand Society of Genealogists (NZSG).
The order books from 1897 to 1937 are available in the Sir George Grey Special Collections.
For information beyond 1937 contact C Little and Sons
Sibuns Funeral Services and Advisors hold the records for both Watney Sibun (from 1903 onwards) and W H Tongue (from 1920 onwards).
J. Weir and Co. holds records from 1882 onwards.
Along with funeral directors' records, cemetery records can provide information about parents, siblings, children and spouses.
Transcriptions between 1812 - 2007 are available on microfiche at Research Central, or on Ancestry.com
The full NZ Cemeteries Collection is held at the NZSG library
Cemetery Records (Waikaraka, Ōtāhuhu, Hillsborough, Waiheke) - now in the
Cemetery Records collection in Kura Heritage Collections Online
Symonds Street and St Stephens (Parnell) cemeteries
Maps of Symonds Street Cemetery
Many birth, death and marriage (BDM) notices and obituaries can be found in historic newspapers online:
New Zealand newspapers - Papers Past
Australian newspapers - Trove
Research Central has a death notice index, clippings scrapbooks, and obituary scrapbooks that go beyond the dates available in online historic newspapers.
You can search for family notices on Knowledge Basket Newztext
For more recent deaths search A Memory Tree website
New Zealand doesn’t keep genealogical information from censuses. There are a number of census substitute sources you can use.
library catalogue for:
local body electoral rolls
Other sources to try include:
general electoral rolls on Ancestry.com
Auckland Police census 1842–1846
land records on Auckland Council archives
school records on
Archives New Zealand
For census information for other countries, visit:
Find My Past
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