Births, deaths and marriages

Local Resources

Ancestor's Attic / New Zealand Society of Genealogists - Nelson Branch

  • Registrar General's Index
  • Indexes to Births, Deaths and Marriages to 1990 on microfiche
  • Microfiche of cemetery records and headstone transcriptions nationwide
  • Family announcements indexed from the Colonist to 1920; Nelson Evening Mail 1976-
  • Index of Burials for St Barnabas Church, Stoke, Waimea West 1885-1908, Spring Grove, Brightwater
  • Death Notices, Obituaries and Inquests Nelson Evening Mail 1920-1924 and 1983-1997
  • Colonist and Nelson Mail Family Announcements
  • Nelson Photo News Marriages Indexes 1961 - 1974
  • Church of Christ Marriages, Nelson City 1920-1961, Church of Christ, Spring Grove 1892-1972
  • St Mary's Roman Catholic Baptisms 1845-1900 and Marriages 1844-1913

Anglican Centre

  • Nelson registers relating to the Cathedral (and in the early days, surrounding districts) dating from 1842
  • Registers for all Anglican churches in the Diocese which includes Marlborough, Golden Bay, Nelson, Kaikoura and most of the West Coast
  • All Saints’ parish from 1868, Blenheim from 1870.

Golden Bay Museum

  • Registrar General's indexes to births, deaths and marriages 1840 to 1940 on microfiche.

John Mitchell

  • Photocopies of early baptism records, especially Wesleyan Church

Kaikoura Museum & Archives

  • Kaikoura Births 1862-1877
  • Kaikoura Catholic Parish burials 1865-2000
  • Some Kaikoura marriage certificates; obituaries and death notices

Murchison District Historical and Museum Society

  • Murchison Births 1902 – 1935, Deaths 1906 – 1969
  • Newspaper obituaries

Nelson Family History Centre

  • International Genealogical Index 1992 edition:  all countries on microfiche and computer:
  • New Zealand
    Boer War 1900-1903; World War I Deaths 1914-1918; World War II Deaths 1939-1945
    Registrar General’s index to births and deaths, complete to 1990 (fiche) and marriages 1836-1956 (CD)
  • Australia
    Registrar General's BDM for individual states (date ranges vary) on fiche.
    Australian Vital Records Index 1788-1905
    Queensland Toowoomba Chronicle BDM etc
  • England and Wales
    Government Record Office (GRO) BDM 1837 – 1987
    Consular, military and marine BDM Indexes
    Boyd's Marriage Index
    Pallot's BM Indexes 1780-1837
    Vital Records Index 1538-1888
    Parish Registers: an extensive collection
    UK High Commissioner Marriage Index 1950-65
  • Scotland
    Old Parochial Registers pre-1855
    Calendars of Confirmation (of death) 1876-1936
  • North America
    North American Vital Records
    US Military Index 1950-1975
    US Social Security Death Index 1937-1997

Nelson Provincial Museum - library & archives

  • Birth, death and marriage notices from local newspapers indexed alphabetically 1842-1920, 1978-2003 (ongoing).
  • Index to Nelson Photo News marriages 1961-1974.
  • Roman Catholic local marriages and baptisms indexed from 1844-1913.
  • Presbyterian archives for the Nelson Marlborough Presbytery include marriage and baptism records from a number of parishes from 1853.
  • Lutheran baptisms 1846-1906, marriages 1849-1920, deaths 1848-1909.
  • Church of Christ Spring Grove marriages 1891-1950.
  • Church of Christ, Nelson marriages, 1898 - 1918.
  • Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast region cemetery burial records and headstone transcriptions.

Tasman District Library

  • Waimea South history and genealogy collection contains records of births, deaths and marriages mainly relating to Waimea District [typewritten lists] but some other areas included where notices were put in the Nelson newspapers
  • Burial records for Nelson region

National & metropolitan organisations and online resources