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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 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:
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:
For further information view, download or print out Family Record Research: a guide to tracing your family history or see New Zealand Genealogical Links (NZHistory.net)
Last updated: 22/05/2006