Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Ancestry launches New Zealand collections

Last night I keyed in 250 records for Ancestry's World Archives Project, for pre-1855 Perth tax records. Ancestry has today officially launched 20 million records for New Zealand.

I'm feeling slightly inadequate...! :)

The New Zealand records have been online for a week or so now, and are extremely useful. Here's an abridged version of the press release:

From today, the two million Brits with ancestors linked to New Zealand and the 4.2 million of us with living New Zealand relatives can uncover our 'kiwi' roots in more than 20 million historical records documenting early British settlers and Māori tribes in New Zealand, published online for the first time.

The ‘Anne Bromell Collection’, named after the woman who collated the original records, spans almost 140 years from 1842 to 1981 and includes electoral rolls, immigration records, directories and land records for New Zealand, providing a comprehensive history of early settlement in the colony – essential for anyone tracing an ancestor from the era.


I've no idea what the obvious route is to the collections, as there is no option for New Zealand via the search screen, but the following collections are included and accessible at the following links:

New Zealand, Naturalisations, 1843-1981
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=1844

New Zealand, Maori Land Claims, 1858-1980
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=1840

New Zealand, Jury Lists, 1842-1862
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=1839

Canterbury, New Zealand, Provincial Rolls, 1868-1874
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=1838

New Zealand, Maori Voter and Electoral Rolls, 1908 & 1919
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=1837

New Zealand, Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981 **
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=1836

New Zealand, City & Area Directories, 1866-1955 **
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=1845

(** Yes, you read these right!)

Excellent stuff.

(With thanks to Annabel at Ancestry)

Chris

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3 comments:

Joe said...

I've one ancestor who is rumoured to have gone to NZ some time after 1905 but know nothing about him after that. Hope he is in that lot of records somewhere. Fingers crossed.

Joe said...

Result! He's in about 12 electoral rolls between 1911 and 1963. Sure it's him as he has a slightly unusual middle name.

Chris Paton said...

Good luck!

Chris