NZ Births Deaths & Marriages in the Central Auckland Research Centre

New Zealand Historic BDMs are searchable online.

They can be searched for:
  • Births that occurred at least 100 years ago
  • Stillbirths that occurred at least 50 years ago
  • Marriages and eventually Civil Unions that occurred 80 years ago
  • Deaths that occurred at least 50 years ago or the deceased's date of birth was at least 80 years ago
However, the Central Auckland Research Centres does have Indexes of BDMs for NZ from 1853 - 1991 on Microfiche and from 1991-1997 on our CD-Rom. After 1997 the indexes are not publicly accessible and you will be required to visit the Department of Internal Affairs or look for alternative ways of searching for a BDM.

On a separate register on microfiche are the 1913 -1960 Maori indexes for BDMs.

Up to 1955 we have the District Keys to NZ registration indexes to locate the registration area and the quarter of the year that the birth or death was registered.

We hold the NZSG’s CD of NZ Marriages 1836 -1956 and Burial Locator, which is not quite complete but searchable by name, and gives locations of burials in NZ.

Other alternative source for BDM information are the Hills Indexes which are on our shelves.
There are 5 volumes:
  • Vol 1 BDMs from the New Zealander 1845 -1866
  • Vol 2 Thames Newspapers 1869-1909
  • Vol 3 NZ Herald 1863 -1880
  • Vol 4 Daily Southern Cross 1843 -1876
  • Vol 5 Index of names of soldiers who died in WWI and whose pictures were published in the Auckland Weekly News.
Also on our shelves are, for example, St Mary’s Anglican Church baptisms 1890-1904; Persons drowned in New Zealand rivers 1840-1875.

On the Auckland Libraries website in the Digital Library the Knowledge Basket New Zealand Index can be searched for New Zealand Herald BDM notices from 2000.

Also in our Research Centre are the Death Notice Index & Death Clippings Scrapbooks.
The index is alphabetical by surname and are people for whom death notices were published in the NZ Herald (and some from Auckland Star). The index only covers the years 1886 -1946 but our death clippings scrapbooks go up to 1969 (arranged by date of death) with another set from 1971-1977, which are arranged alphabetically by surname, and  include some marriage/engagement/birth notices.

We also hold copies of the NZSG’s New Zealand Cemetery Records on microfiche. These are transcriptions of headstones and some burial records for hundreds of different cemeteries around New Zealand. Transcriptions are arranged in approximate geographic order from north to south.

In the birth, deaths and marriages section of the Family History web pages on the ACL website we have lists of online searchable databases, cemeteries in Auckland and throughout New Zealand.

We have many many more resources related to New Zealand birth deaths and marriages, available not just in the Central Auckland Research Centre, but throughout the 55 libraries.

You can find the above, and many more, by searching in our classic catalogue, using 2 NZL BDM in the call number field.

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