This free collection coordinated by Diane Wilson over the past 40 years includes records from many and varied sources to assist with your research.
These records cover personnel including Nominal Rolls, Reserves, Defaulters and others.Nominal Rolls
Further information on any entry may be obtained from the New Zealand Defence Force Archives, held at Archives New Zealand (Archway site).
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.
This collection is an index only.
It gives you a series of clues to help with your research. There are no active links – Google is your friend!
Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy of these records, but transcribing is not an exact science, and some of the informants were not literate. Where possible original sources should be followed up.
Below is a search box. Instructions to use to full advantage are under the box.
1. Search by surname only. You can also use shortened form of a name, even just the first letter. The search engine will also look for surnames that "sound like" your chosen name. Click on the bar 'Starts With' and choose "Sounds Like".
2. Search by first name only. This requires at least one character in both the first and surname fields.
3. Show data sources. This button sits above the "Search" button. You can tick any or all options for your search.
4. Details re data sources are below.
Show Data Sources
This button sits above the "Search" button and is designed to help you find specific records (e.g. marriage, burial, etc)
Once you insert a name and click on the search button you will see all data source records for that name. If you wish to search for one specific data source e.g. WW1 you need to click on “Show Data source” above the search button.
You can tick any or all options for your search.
These aren't required but will make your search more specific.
Understanding your search results
You will see all results unless you have chosen a specific source, such as marriages or sheep owners.
Results are limited to 500 per search. Where there are too many results for your search, the system will show "Too many entries". You must then refine your search by name/date or specific source.
Results can take time given you are searching millions of records.
Clicking on the coloured bubble to the right of a record will show its source.
You can return to the Search button at any time to start a new search.
We would welcome any additions you may have to add to this collection.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for permission to use the materials for any commercial purpose.
It is rewarding to hear from researchers around the world who have had success using The Wilson Collection. If you have a sourced index - preferably in Excel format - that might be suitable for the Wilson Collection, email email@example.com