We can help you research your family history

Births index cardThe Heritage section on Level 3 of the Central Library has resources for those looking to make a start on their genealogy research, as well as for more experienced researchers. Of particular value is our extensive range of unique Waikato material. We also have New Zealand and international resources.

Resources include:

  • Indexes to New Zealand births, deaths and marriages registrations, 1840-1990, on microfiche.

  • New Zealand electoral rolls, which contain details of persons registered to vote. 

  • New Zealand cemetery records, which contain indexed inscriptions to headstones as well as a geographical table for locating individual cemeteries.

  • Community archives, which include some baptismal and marriage registers, personal papers, letters, and diaries.

  • Council archives, which include early ratepayers' registers and minute books.

  • School, church and local histories.

  • Newspapers including the Waikato Times on microfilm from 1872 onward.

  • Historical directories including business, householder and telephone directories, some dating back to 1866.

  • Shipping passenger lists, mainly from the middle 19th century, which list ships and their passengers.

  • Historic maps featuring a good selection of maps for Hamilton and the Waikato including Waikato Militia land allocation maps.

  • Historic photographs featuring a wide range of photographs of Hamilton and the Waikato from the 1860s onward.

Family History Databases

The following are only accessible at Hamilton City Libraries locations.

Ancestry Library Edition

This subscription database gives you access to a wide variety of records to help with your family history research. This includes records from the United States and Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Find My Past

This subscription database is another excellent resource for family history researchers. It includes records from the United States and Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.


MyHeritage Library Edition is one of the largest, most internationally diverse genealogy databases of its kind in the world. It includes billions of historical documents from over 48 countries, millions of historical photos, public records, indexes and additional resources.