Wellington, New Zealand GenWeb

New Zealand GenWeb Project

Welcome to the Wellington pages of the New Zealand GenWeb Project. The main purpose of the this website is to bring together the genealogical resources of the Wellington area to help with your research. I am also continually seeking more contributions to add to this site. Please send an email with any suggestions.

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Wellington is located at the Southern end of the North Island and includes the cities of Wellington, Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt and Porirua. Wellington City is perched on the edge of the harbour (Port Nicholson) and is surrounded by steep hills. To the East of Wellington is the Rimutaka Range and beyond that the Wairarapa Plain. To the North is the Hutt Valley which is where much of Wellington's urban expansion has taken place with there still being open farmland to the North of the Hutt Valley Cities. To the North East of Wellington over the hills on the coast is the city of Porirua with the coastal communities spreading beyond to the north.


New Zealand Births, Deaths and Marriages Office: Holds all the certificates for Birth, Death and Marriges in NZ.

National Archives of New Zealand: Resources include Immigration Records, Passenger Lists, Probates, Coroners Reports, Notices of Intention to Marry and Military Service Records prior to 1913. Name/Place Search

Alexander Turnball Library: Holds the Nation's collections of Books, Photos, Letters, Drawings, Maps, Music and Sound Recordings that documents history. Includes Online Search

Dictionary of New Zealand Biography: This website contains over 3,000 biographies of New Zealanders who have 'made their mark' on this country.

New Zealand Defence Force Records: Hold Personal Records for Navy, Army and Air Force who served with the Armed Forces from 1920 onwards. Records from the South African War and First world war are held by Archives New Zealand. (Link).

National Library: Hold the country's Electoral Rolls. The general collections include New Zealand Newspapers, publications, serials, maps, prints, posters and calendars which are made readily available in several ways. 10,000 NZ publications dating from the 19th century are available to assist in family research.


Births Jury Lists School Records
Burgess & Electoral Rolls Wellington Library  Timeline
  Cemetery Records Marriages Wellington Map
Deaths Newspapers from the past Wellington Museums
Directories Passenger Lists Wellington Today
History Photos White Pages (Telecom)

New Zealand Genealogy Search Engine - Search all the on-line New Zealand passenger lists, family trees, surname interest and other genealogical pages, all at once

Peter and Denises "Our Stuff" A comprehensive listing of Genealogical Resources relating to the Wellington area with many of the above links going to this site as well. Includes Magistrate's Lists, NZ War Medal Recipent's, Short stories of events and characters of early NZ, Biographies, Wellington Naturalisations 1840 - 1899, NZ Pioneer Roll, Wellington Almanack 1864 - 1866, story of the "Pamir", Shipwreck Tales.

Helens' Page of New Zealand History: Likewise a very comprehensive listing of Resources for the Wellington area with a lot of links to the above section. Interesting section on "The Settlers Lot", shipwrecks around the Lower North Island, Lists of Pioneers, streets of Wellington and their residents, self employed Wellingtonians, Teachers of Wellington area schools, Tawa Landholders, Earthquake Report 1848, Wellington Hotels etc: pre 1900 and many other interesting things.

New Zealand Society of Genealogists: Have many publications for sale, Cemetery records, Church records, Land records, Military records, Wills and Estates, Shipping and General. There are other services that are offered freely to members as well. The following links will lead to details for the Wellington areas branches. Wellington - Porirua - Kilbirnie - Kapiti - Hutt Valley.

Wellington City Archives: Much information can be found here, including Electoral Rolls from 1842, Rating and Valuation Records, Cemetery Records, Building Records, Photographs etc:

Petone Settlers Museum: Reseach of Maori History and Whakapapa, Research and update of computer passenger lists/family history database, Encouragement of local immigrant communities to tell there stories of migration and settlement, Answering general enquiries on family research. The mission statement of the Museum is to enhance the historical interests of the people of the Hutt City and environs.

Wellington World Wide Web: Not a genealogy website, but it is all about Wellington and does have a unique heritage section. Covers topics such as lifestyle and trends, news, environment, how to get there, where to stay, has maps, bookings, what to do. Lists of galleries, museums, movies & theatres etc:

New Zealand Marriage Witnesses Indexes: A searchable database of 23,000 names.

Wellington - New Zealand Bound: History of Port Nicholson and Wellington covering many of the early ship arrivals, Bibliography, Emigrant Vessels, A section on Wellington Maritime Museum. A few passenger lists and a list of all ships mentioned in the book "Early Wellington"

Genealogy Help List New Zealand: A Volunteer List for Lookups

Australasian BDM Exchange: A searchable database of birth, death and marriage registration. To see what information is on NZ certificates follow link to NZ and then click on guide.

NZ History.Net.NZ: Aims to be the first port of call in any world wide web search for history on New Zealand. Very interesting site based in Wellington covering all New Zealand History and has an ever increasing online gallery and a links page to many history and genealogical sites.

HOMEPAGES: Did you have research interests in the Wellington area and would you like us to link to your homepage? Please send an email with the details.

I am presently searching for genealogical resources for the Wellington Region and am also looking for volunteers prepared to do lookups in genealogical material they own or have access to. If you know of any genealogical information that is available or are willing to volunteer to do lookups please send me an email.

Mail Lists, Message Boards and Surname Resources:

For Wellington Researchers there is a Message Board that covers this area. Click here
New Zealand Message Board is a great place to post a general query about your Kiwi ancestors!

The New Zealand Mail List is for anyone with an historical or genealogical interest in New Zealand. To subscribe to the list, please follow this link and just follow the instructions. (Please be sure to read the welcome message from the List Owners, as it contains important information that you will need for unsubscribing).

Helens' NZ Surname Interest Register, add yours or find a link A-E, F-I, J-O, P-T, U-Z.
Gateway to Online New Zealand Names.

Other New Zealand GenWeb Regional Projects

Northland - Auckland - Waikato - Bay of Plenty - Hawkes Bay - Taranaki - Wanganui - Manawatu - Wellington
Nelson/Marlborough - West Coast - North/Mid Canterbury - South Canterbury - Otago - Southland

Volunteer's are still needed to make the New Zealand GenWeb Project a success for the regions still marked in blue. Please contact Leith Hutton for details

The Wellington, GenWeb Project is a member of the New Zealand GenWeb/WorldGenWeb Projects
and is dedicated to the free exchange of public-domain records via the internet.
We are a non-profit volunteer organization.

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