Griffis Illegitimacies Collection

This Collection is a name-searchable database involving illegitimate births in New Zealand between 1877 and 1950 that were available on Public Records either at local Court Houses or National Archives.   Virtually all of these records have now been transferred to Archives New Zealand.

The database includes details of the Child (if named) the Mother and the Father, the location of the event, the record type and repository.   Successful results are printed into a formatted Report that can be saved or printed.   Query results provide basic information only – Researchers are encouraged to go back to the original source record for more fulsome detail.

Illegitimate birth as a subject involves degrees of sensitivity.  Because of this the Society has decided that this resource will only be held at our Family Research Centre (FRC) and that records less than 100 years old will be withheld.  The database itself is password protected.   Our Members may obtain details through our Research Services or in person (under supervision).    

For a full explanation on the Griffis Illegitimacies Collection read our Guide: 

Griffis Illegitimacies Collection