Auckland Council Libraries: How to start

How to start

Me pēhea te tīmata

Start with yourself and the whakapapa you already know, then speak with as many whānau as you can and write down dates of births, marriages, deaths, baptisms and places.

Often whānau can provide:

  • whakapapa charts

  • personal records

  • family reunion books

  • christening records

  • military records

  • family letters

  • family bibles

  • Māori land schedules

  • photographs of tūpuna

  • interesting stories.

Record your research

Download and print the Ko tōku whānau workbook to start recording your whakapapa research.

Keep note of references and sources, and include dates: that way you can always go back and make further enquiries.


Tikanga Māori tips

  • You might want to start and end your search with a karakia
  • Be sure not to view whakapapa near food or water, even at the kitchen table
  • Wash your hands when you finish working with whakapapa.
Auckland Council Libraries:How to start Māori are unique in that they connect to a waka, whānau, hapū, and iwi. Find out how to research your iwi.