Cemetery Records 

These can be an interesting source of information,  although not always accurate.

Burial records may reveal who bought the plot, the birthplace of the deceased and even cause of death.

The monumental inscription can be very simple or very detailed. 


Since 1967,  The New Zealand Society of Genealogists has produced cemetery transcriptions for approximately 1400 cemeteries nationwide. 

Most municipal cemeteries are included.  A significant proportion of this collection includes private cemeteries,  Maori Urupa and remote burial



The full NZ Cemeteries Collection is held at the NZSG Library for details on what is available,  search the Library Catalogue 

Transcriptions between 1812 – 2007 are available on microfiche at most public libraries or in digital format on Ancestry.com

Click HERE to learn what mircofiche is available as at 2009


NZSG Burial Locator CD

This publication is a directory containing over 3 million names taken from many sources including the NZSG Cemetery Collection where the source reference corresponds

with the referencing system used by the NZSG in the New Zealand Cemetery Records – a List of Holdings; and from many local Council Burial records which are not in the

NZSG Cemetery Collection.  It is available to search in the NZSG Library in Panmure and some public libraries.


Kiwi Collection v2 

This name searchable Index is primarily available to members only.  It includes names from various cemeteries (many of which are on the NZSG Burial Locator) but there is

also a small number of full headstone transcriptions. The notes under Access to Source will indicate whether the full transcription records are available at a local repository

The NZSG has a free lookup service for NZSG members via the NZSG research service.


Local Authorities Cemeteries

The Local Authority websites are an excellent tool for cemetery searches,  we have created a webpage with links HERE most have an online searchable database - if they don't,  they tell you who to contact or where else to look.