Nelson Public Libraries have historical resources which are useful for genealogists, plus guides to genealogical research in the general non fiction collection. The Library also produces Bloodline, a listing of local and relevant national organisations and online services which have resources for family historians. Resources are listed by organisation and by type of information (eg wills, passenger lists), It does not have a specialist genealogy collection, or offer specialist genealogy services.

Resources for researching whakapapa are listed on our Maori Research pages.

Elma Turner Library resources

Online resources

(Also see the online resources  in the list of Heritage sites)

Library subscription databases

Nelson and region

New Zealand Resources

General information
Births, Marriages and Deaths
  • Births Marriages and Deaths Online - see the Historical Records section for births more than 100 years ago, marriages more than 80 years ago and deaths more than 50 years ago.
  • Cenotaph database
    A database of over 33,000 New Zealanders who served in war and conflict from the South African War to the present day, and who are now deceased. It is primarily a roll of honour of those who died as a result of war service, but also includes some personnel who have died since.
  • A Memory Tree
    A commercial site for people to record remembrances, which includes a free database of all the names published in NZ newspaper death notices since December 2006. 
  • New Zealand Herald Bereavements
    Death notices and obituaries published in the New Zealand Herald over the last few year.

NZ Digital collections of interest to Genealogists

Genealogical resources from other countries

Public and civil records