Due to weather events Elma Turner Library Pop-Up and Stoke Library are closing at 4:30pm Wednesday 17 August.

Ancestors' Attic - NZSG Nelson Branch

New Zealand Society of Genealogists

  • Postal address: Nelson Branch, P.O. Box 1879, Nelson 7140
  • Street address: Trafalgar Hall, 67 Trafalgar Street, Nelson (opposite Trailways motor Inn)

Opening hours of Ancestors Attic Library (67 Trafalgar Street)

  • Monday: 1pm - 4pm 
  • Thursday: 10 - 4pm
  • Sunday: 2pm - 4pm

Closed Public Holidays

The Attic will be closed from Sunday 19 Dec 2021, reopening Sunday 16 Jan 2022


Assistance will be provided at Ancestors Attic Library to all with genealogy/family history research. Requests can also be made in writing to the email address. The Website of the national body (NZSG) may provide additional assistance.


More information?

For the Library catalogue,  visit Kete Tasman website

  • Index to New Zealand births deaths marriages 1842-1990 microfiche
  • Shipping Arrivals 1841-1870
  • Military Participants – Wairau Affray, South Africa Wars, World War I
  • Nelson/Tasman Orphanages
  • Nelson/Tasman church records of marriages, deaths and baptisms
  • Nelson Photo News 1960-1974 and 1993-1994
  • Nelson Jury Lists from1843
  • Family announcements indexed from Nelson newspapers from 1842
  • Old age pensions from Nelson Evening Mail and Colonist 1899


  • Nelson Marlborough West Coast cemetery burial records and headstone transcriptions with some headstone photographs
  • NZSG burial locator version 2 – CD
  • NZ cemetery records and headstone transcriptions –fiche 


  • Indexes to school admission registers Nelson, Tasman, Marlborough, West Coast
  • College magazines Nelson and Tasman (Nelson College for Girls journals indexed 1900-1959)
  • School centennial booklets 


  • 1845 and 1849 Nelson census, City and Waimea
  • Various NZ electoral rolls from 1853
  • Nelson telephone directories from 1952
  • Nelson Marlborough Buller business, trade directories and almanacs 


  • New Zealand Maori electoral rolls 1919-   fiche
  • New Zealand Maori deaths index 1913-1961 fiche
  • New Zealand Maori marriages index 1911-1952 fiche 

On all the Ancestors Attic computers are:

  • NZSG Kiwi Collection v2 Database of nine million NZ sources
  • 1856-1956  NZ Marriages
  • NZ Five Significant Electoral Rolls 1881-1925
  • WW1 Service Personnel & Reserves Index