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Finding Family History Records

Birth, Death, Marriage and Civil Union records
The records held by the Births, Deaths and Marriages may be used to research family history. We hold information about all New Zealand birth, death, marriage and civil union records. Some date as far back as 1848.

You may access registered information in the following ways:

Searches Of The Records
To request a search of birth, death, marriage or civil union records, you will need to know:
  • The name of the person about whom you want information (it is important to give the full name if possible);
  • The type of event (i.e. birth, death, marriage or civil union);
  • The date, year, or period of years to search for that event;
  • The place where the event happened (if this information is available);
  • Any further information you know that might help us to identify the correct record (e.g. parents names).
It is important the information you provide with your request is as accurate as possible. It may be an idea to ask other family members for information before making your request.

printout/certificate fee is the cost for the product. If we cannot locate the record with the information provided, we still start charging you search fees. Prior to contacting you, we will have searched a 3-year period and a fee of $15.00 will have been charged.

For example, if the year you quote is 1992 we undertake a search of index for the year given plus a year either side. If we cannot find the event in those years we will contact you to ask if you would like us to search additional years at NZ$1.00 for each additional year. If you agree and request us to search 1994 and 1995 then we will charge you an extra NZ$2.00:
  • If we find the event in 1995 and you wish to have a certificate then the total fee for the certificate is NZ$43.00 (NZ$26.00 plus the NZ$17.00 search cost); or
If we cannot find the event the total fee will be NZ$17.00 (NZ$15.00 plus NZ$2.00 search cost) and you will not receive a certificate. However, you can request more years to be searched or we can refund the amount remaining to you.

Printout of Historic Registrations
If your search on the microfiche is successful, you may wish to purchase either a
certificate or a printout (which usually contains more information than a certificate). A printout costs NZ$26.00 if the event took place from 1848 to 1874, or NZ$20.00 if the event took place after 1874. The cost of the certificate or printout is additional to the cost of the search. Search fees are payable for extended searches.

Printouts of records from the following years are available from our Auckland and Wellington offices:
  • Births 1848 - 1997
  • Deaths 1848 - 1997
  • Marriages 1854 - 1997
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For further information view, download or print out
Family Record Research: a guide to tracing your family history or see New Zealand Genealogical Links (

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Last updated: 22/05/2006