The occupations of an ancestor can be ascertained from the many records available. Early licences were recorded in Provincial Gazettes and Archives New Zealand holds records for licenced trades such as publicans licences and mining licence applications. The archives from the Companies Office and the Official Assignees Office may be useful in tracing the business affairs of family members. Public servants are well recorded in Archives New Zealand and invariably will be also found in the Gazette and the Appendices to the Journal of the House of Representatives (AJHR).