By exploring the New Zealand and Local History Sections of your local public library, you will find much useful reference material. A library or museum may hold surname indexes to some of their collections and references may be found under biography, early settlers, passenger shipping arrivals, or obituaries. Geography books, maps and history books give a good insight into the locality and happenings of the time you are interested in. Church, school and district histories, particularly jubilee books, give detailed histories and usually contain many names of the people in the area. Photographs are an excellent way of increasing your knowledge of an ancestor. Collections of photographs may be found in libraries and museums. These can include churches, schools, localities, business premises, and of course people.