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BIRTHS, MARRIAGES & DEATHS
Indexes to vital records from 1840 can be found at https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/Home/
- Births that occurred at least 100 years ago and Stillbirths that occurred at least 50 years ago
- Marriages that occurred at least 80 years ago
- Deaths that occurred at least 50 years ago or the deceased's date of birth was at least 80 years ago.
The Australian Jewish Historical Society holds an extensive collection of New Zealand burial records from the Beverly Davis Burial Database.
Another good guide to most New Zealand cemeteries and online indexes is available via Christchurch City Libraries.
ARCHIVES AND MUSEUMS
The main Archives New Zealand collection in Wellington includes immigration records, probates, coroners' reports, notices of intention to marry, and military service records up to 1920. Regional branches are in Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin. Very few records have been digitised but you can order copies online: archives.govt.nz or search the collections at: archway.archives.govt.nz
The New Zealand Dictionary of Biography has been incorporated into the Teara Encyclopedia of New Zealand website. It has a biographies and photos of a number of prominent Jews.
The Auckland Museum has a virtual cenotaph. Online Cenotaph brings together information relating to individual service people from sources such as embarkation, military service and other government records and newspapers. Public contribution of additional material is welcomed.
The JewishOnlineMuseum (JOM) is a compendium of biographies, Judaica, New Zealand Jewish history, photographs and audio recordings. The site includes Claire Bruell’s chapter on New Zealand Jewish Genealogy Research for the Avotaynu Guide to Jewish Genealogy.
NEWSPAPERS, PHOTOS, POSTERS & MEMORABILIA
DigitalNZ, like Trove, searches across more than 29 million digital items to discover New Zealand treasures such as photos, posters and memorabilia, newspaper clippings, artworks, and publications.
To search newspapers only go to Papers Past at the National Library.
The New Zealand Electronic Text Collection comprises significant New Zealand and Pacific Island texts and materials held by Victoria University of Wellington Library. The collection has a number of items of Jewish interest Including the full digital text of Rabbi LM Goldman’s History of the Jews in New Zealand.
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