Getting Started

The Federation of Family History Societies has published the Australasian Really Useful Information Leaflet (pdf, 3 MB) which has a list of useful websites and a good starting guide.

School Admissions

Research Room
Research Room

For school admission research enquiries, contact Mrs Rae Wilson, 113 Hawthornden Road, Christchurch 8042, email Before you request a look-up we need some idea of where the family was living (electoral rolls or Wise’s Directories) and also the father/mother’s name, especially if a common surname. There is a 100 year closure on release of the records unless you can provide proof of death, so the child’s date of birth needs to be at least 100 years ago. A self-addressed envelope should be sent with a donation please – cheques to be made out to NZSG Canterbury Branch.

Burials and BDM

Christchurch City Council cemetery burial records are available online at
The Canterbury Branch Library holds headstone transcripts of many Canterbury cemeteries, and transcripts of Baptism, Marriage and Burials from local Parish Registers.

Members Interests

The NZSG website has a Members Interests page which is a database searchable by keyword, e.g. surname, ship or occupation. This database can be searched by both NZSG members and the public, however only NZSG members can enter data into the database. If you find someone with a similar interest you can fill out a request form to make contact with the member.

Research Assistance

We are happy to assist non branch members with genealogical research. For research enquiries that take less than half an hour we ask for a donation. Research over half an hour will be charged at $20 per hour. We will contact you with a time/cost estimate before going any further. Enquiries to or by mail to Research Officer, NZSG Canterbury Branch, 21 Cairnbrae Drive, Prebbleton, Christchurch 7604. Research donations/payments can be mailed to this address or deposited into our bank account 03-1592-0069021-00. Please put your surname in the Particulars, and Donation or Research as a reference.