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)
  • Meetings held on the fourth Monday of each month, 7.30pm at the LeCren Room, Broadgreen House. This will change to the following Sunday afternoon in June, July and August.

Opening hours

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

Christmas 2020/2021:  Closed Sunday 20 Dec to Monday 10 Jan. 


Ancestors Attic is open to all. Guidance is available in genealogical searching. Requests should be made in person or in writing. The Website of the national body (NZGS) may provide additional assistance.


More information?

Visit Kete Tasman website


Births, Deaths and Marriages

  • Registrar Generals index to New Zealand births deaths marriages 1842-1990 microfiche
  • Death index Nelson and Tasman 1848-1996 – computer
  • Maori death index 1936-1959 – computer
  • Various Nelson church records of marriages, deaths and baptisms
  • Nelson Photo News marriages 1961-1974
  • Various family announcements indexed from various Nelson newspapers various years 1842 to 1996
  • Old age pensions from Nelson Evening Mail and Colonist 1899 - computer


  • 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
  • School scrapbooks
  • School centennial booklets

Electoral rolls, census, directories

  • 1845 and 1849 Nelson census, City and Waimea
  • 1853 onwards Nelson electoral rolls
  • 1975 onwards Tasman electoral rolls
  • 1981 onwards NZ electoral rolls
  • NZ telephone directories
  • Nelson Marlborough Buller business, trade directories and almanacs
  • Genealogical research directories


  • Nominal index 1850 – 1862 copy of original with LINZ Christchurch


  • New Zealand Maori electoral rolls 1919-   fiche
  • New Zealand Maori deaths index 1913-1961 fiche
  • New Zealand maori marriages index 1911-1952 fiche
  • Nominal roll embarkations  28 Maori Battalion to 1944
  • Scrapbook of Maori in Nelson

Passenger lists

  • Victoria, Australia to New Zealand 1852-1923 – CD
  • Some passenger lists to Nelson

Books and Serials scope of collection

  • Family and local history for Nelson and Tasman

Original diaries, photographs and other

  • Hebberd and related families
  • Kidson, John and related families
  • Kinzett family and index