New Zealand

A quick access to resources in New Zealand where Shetlanders have migrated.

Rootsweb Mailing list
You can view the any of the mailing lists worldwide. However, should you wish to post on a particular list you need to register with that list.

Rootsweb Message board
You can view and post on any of the message boards worldwide. All you need is to register once with rootsweb. I tend to use this and post on boards worldwide. Both to request information on a particular family, or to surf boards looking for those trying to trace their Shetland ancestors.

Rootschat.com - New Zealand
RootsChat is essentially a forum that shows a lot of activity across all the sub-forums. These sub-forums cover a wide geographic reach, a common room, techincal help, useful links, a beginners, photograph restoration and deciphering. It does have good moderators on the popular boards and seems to cover a similar function to the Message boards with respect to content and active members.

The Australasian Federation of Family History Organisation Inc.
There are a number of Family History Societies and Organisations. Here, I have chosen the organisation that acts for the individual societies as a whole. The link below lists these Societies – from this list you can choose the area you are interested in then link to the respective Societies.

New Zealand

National Library of New Zealand
The link above is a page from the National Library of New Zealand website. It provides access to New Zealand Newspaper archives, also a browse and search facility to specific collections. They show that 2,485 high resolution images are available to download for free.

Papers past - The Free Lance
This is an important resource offered by the National Library of New Zealand. It provides online searching and access to images from newspapers across New Zealand.

Try it out using Sir Robert Stout, a prominent lawyer at the turn of the century. You are given a number of hits. Suggest you select the second item LATE SIR ROBERT STOUT. You have then to select a small link that says ‘page view’. You are shown an image of the full page. There is a lot of reading on this page about Sir Robert. The only way I can copy is to take a selected portion using a special screen grabber.

New Zealand - Births, Marriages and Deaths – Online search
Welcome to the Birth, Death and Marriage Historical Records website, where you can search and order New Zealand Government records for births, deaths and marriages (BDM).

I found the search a bit fiddly, for example putting in a start year wasn’t enough – I had to put in dd/mm/yyyy. It did return results for a search for the marriage of a Robert Stout. I received four results. I did know the name of the bride so could pick the correct one. The problem here is that you can’t see any more detail, other than ordering choice of certificates, approx. 25 New Zealand dollars.

New Zealand Presbyterian Marriage database
This register contains links to New Zealand Presbyterian Marriage records available online up to 1930. Some Parishes will only extend to 1920 which was our previous cut-off date. There is also a wide range of other family related resources and information should you wish to explore this more fully.

Here is a search I did for Robert Stout. I knew the date of his marriage and details of the bride. She was born in Dunedin.

At the bottom of the page is a link to Otago/Southland Presbytery.

Halfway down the page I was given a small entry form to search the database. I entered Robert Stout and was given a page of results. Only one Robert Stout who was married in Knox Church Dunedin Marriages. Selecting this link took me to the page where I could scroll down and see the single line entry.

A useful resource, especially for early settlers and their families.

Auckland War Memorial Museum
The World War Two Nominal Roll was created to honour and commemorate the men and women who served in New Zealand defence forces and the Merchant Navy during this conflict.

This site contains information from the service records of some 115,000 individuals who served during military conflicts.

You may search for service record details by filling in Surname and Fist Name (optional). You are then shown an individual service record you can print a certificate, which could be extracted using a screen grabber, or simply save the page to your hard disk, or just print the page.

The New Zealand Herald
One of the national newspapers of New Zealand. Typical coverage, would suggest that you locate a regional newspaper nearer to your research area.