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New Zealand, Obituaries, 1844-1963
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Record Description
Record Type Obituaries
Collection years 1844-1963
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Auckland Institute and Museum Library and Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes obituaries for the years 1844 to 1963. Obituaries are a prime source for finding detailed family information. This collection contains obituaries and death notices from various New Zealand newspapers including the New Zealand Herald and the New Zealand Star.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Name of deceased
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Residence at death
  • Burial date
  • Burial place
  • Birthplace
  • Birth date
  • Spouse
  • Parents
  • Children
  • Other relatives

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Image[edit | edit source]

Digital Folder Number List[edit | edit source]

This collection contains a digital browse. Only the DGS numbers are displayed. This collection is part of New Zealand obituaries, 1866-1960 which was filmed at the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington, New Zealand. Click the link in the DGS column to see the images that are included in this collection. The link in the Film column will open a new window where you can see the images from the FamilySearch Catalog.

Film DGS Obituary Years
287494 7832204 1866-1929
287495 7832203 1930-1938
287496 7832202 1939-1947
287497 7832201 1931-1935, 1948-1949
287498 7832200 1950-1951
287499 7832199 1952-1953
287500 7832198 1954
287501 7832197 1955-1957
287502 7832196 1958-1960

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Your ancestor’s name
  • Residence of your ancestor
  • Approximate death date

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

To view images in this collection:

  1. Look at the Digital Folder Number List section to determine the folder/film number for the images you want to see
  2. Go to the Browse Page
  3. Select the Film number to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given
  • Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed T
  • Use the estimated age at death to calculate a birth year
  • Some obituaries list “survivors.” This is a list of relatives of the deceased who were still living. Use these relationships to extend your family tree
  • Use the death date to locate a death certificate
  • Use the burial date or place to locate sexton’s records or to find a grave marker for your ancestor

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Check for variant spellings of the names everyone with that particular name. You can then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor
  • Remember, your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times
  • If your ancestor used multiple names throughout their life, look for all their names
  • A “survivors” list in an obituary may not include all living relatives
  • Information in an obituary should be verified with other sources if possible. Sometimes the person who wrote the obituary had faulty or incomplete information
  • Check available newspapers for several days before and after the death of your ancestor

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in New Zealand.

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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