NZ BIRTHS - MARRIAGES - DEATHS
edmondsallan - hi to all . I am sensing that many kiwis of all races may be experiencing some difficulties in finding the very old or the very latest records on our Birth, - Marriage - deaths in new zealand . To do so or to know how to proceed to find these records we need to understand the Offical system still in use I hope this will assist one and all
In NZ all records officially held by the NZ Government Internal affairs have certain conditions applied to them .which you will not be able to break thro' They are the following
From the daily date - day- month- year--- you cannot aquire the any official record = Births - 100 years ( example - 2010 -100yrs = 1910
Marriages- 80 "
Deaths - 50 "
At this point I think we also need to have knowledge on some of the
" ACT's " Passed & their approximate dates . Their is to many to publish in this journal , so we will go just cover the "Official Acts" on Deaths. Before this 1882 many records were held by the church in their records . Usually it was just the date of death, where they were born , age , & sometimes the parents , From 1882 they recorded the name of the deceased ,- where he died , doctor in attendance , Birth date , marriage date , either spouses name , parents name , Funeral director , Oficial assignee & sometimes ( APPROX ' 80 PERCENT ) not always -- where they are buried , lot numbers etc , Many official recordings of unregistered deaths were added in 1895 and many more in 1908
1 st cemetery act = 1882 Had to be recorded on the official govt'
death certificate & registered with the Govt'
1895 The running , maintaining , recording in detail any deaths &
burials in NZ of any individual regardless of Race
1908 Death certificate numbers issued to all known deaths official
or otherwise before 1882 in NZ Regardless of Race
1964 A tidy up of all the Acts -including official permission to
open graves at cemeteries if necessary
Their is no doubt some slipped thro the offical records before 1882 . It is believed to be less than 200 for the whole of NZ all races regardless. They were mainly in the years from 1828 to 1840. We also in those very early years of NZ have some very visionary people who wanted & did record many Births , Marriages , deaths and a host of other historical documentatation . One of the Greatest of these early nz collections held in our National library is the
" Turnbull Collection " All tho' not available to many , except a very small amount on the net . I have had the rare permision & pleasure of researching the total collection many years ago plus other Genealogists & historians recorded works & documents & drawings . while researching the Original 18 families in NZ .
When some of you are stuck in trying to seek imfo on those earlier years in our NZ ancestry & nothing is showing up , remember the dates supplied on what has been recorded It will save you many a grey hair . I deem myself to be very fortunate indeed in being allowed to research those very early records & with what Samuel John Edmonds passed on down in trust has allowed me to see nearly all of the NZ Edmonds Ancestry plus way back into BC . Finally , Enjoy the research you are doing . Don't be afraid to jump the " Genealogy Gap" which quite often turns up . Jump a 100 years or so either side or less or more just as your instinct tells you , when you get that tiny inkling of a clue - Hunt it down to the finish !!! Shake it like the terrier shakes a rat when it catches it , you could get the info you seek .
ok -- time for a cuppa . Good hunting - regards -edmondsallan