New Zealand Family history records

This free collection coordinated by Diane Wilson over the past 40 years includes records from many and varied sources to assist with your research.

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How the records were compiled

Early Settlers

Includes Census substitutes,
Wellington Burgess rolls (1842-1843) and Jury rolls

Burial/Cremation Records

Spanning over 150 years

World War 1

Nominal rolls, Reserves, Defaulters and others

Electoral Rolls

5 significant electoral rolls from 1881, 1893, 1896, 1911 and 1925

Marriage Records

From 1841–1956

Smaller Speciality Indexes

Miscellaneous collections

Overview of 40 years of collecting data

Diane researched and compiled these records over a long period with help from countless contributors. They generously gave their time, sometimes for many years. These volunteers who were not all genealogists donated time to transcribing, typing and collating information to create these indexes.

Diane would like to thank friends and family, especially her late husband, Murray, for their support in producing this novel and unique collection for public.

Also a special thank you to Mark Howard for his long and dedicated technical and innovative support over the years, and to Clearfield Software for their ongoing association with this project.

We hope you will find the information, clues, and pointers helpful.

Best wishes for successful searching.


If you find these records helpful in your research and would like to contribute towards keeping the Wilson Collection running, we would welcome any donation you feel appropriate. Please click one of the “PayPal” buttons below to make a donation via PayPal.

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Add to this collection

We would welcome any additions to the marriages place records of this collection. This is a particular focus of the current work and any help would be much appreciated.

Unfortunately we are not in the position to do personal research on entries in this collection but again GOOGLE is your friend.

Photo: Diane Wilson QSM JP with the Governor General Sir Jerry Mataparae. Winner of the NZSG Lucy Marshall award 1998 Life Member of the NZSG 2007
QSM awarded for services to genealogy and community service.

Contact NOW

Diane Wilson owns the copyright in this compilation, which has been prepared from a range of public records. The information contained therein is available for personal use without charge or attribution. Please contact info@wilsoncollection.co.nz for permission to use the materials for any commercial purpose.

New indexes:

The collection continues to grow, and it is pleasing to see it being so well used. The analytics show users from such a wide variety of countries. Genealogy is indeed a universal hobby.

We have added more newspaper entries, and this will be the focus for the next little while. Not that the other information is not important just that we do need to concentrate our efforts and get the basic entries done first.

Please do remember us with copies or scans for any New Zealand marriage certificates.

Send to info@wilsoncollection.co.nz

They will be put to good use.