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SMITH of New Zealand DATABASE - (now with some Australia)

Journal by ngairedith

A recent comment on our site 'family tree circles' about the near impossible task of finding SMITH ancestors got me thinking ...

If there was a Smith Database of burials in New Zealand would this help researchers/searchers a little in their quest to find Smith ancestors in New Zealand at least

I set myself the task to make a Smith Burial Database using this site
- it has since progressed into just a SMITH (of NZ) DATABASE
- AND from June 2011 with Australian cemeteries

It was 'mind bogglng' just how many tens of thousands of John or Mary Smith there are to find, indeed a daunting task ...

By researching and adding any second names, ages at death etc that may be missing from the original cemetery databases I hoped this would help you further.
A long term plan would be to research and add maiden names !!

Building this database will take a great deal of time as there are thousands of cemeteries in New Zealand, many not even on line, but we have made a start ... concentraing first on major towns and cities

please note
the database will feature the SMITH name only at this time - NO hyphenated Smith, nor names like Arrowsmith, Smythe, Smithers etc

journal will be 'bumped' occassionally to main page to update viewers
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- SMITH BURIALS AUSTRALIA -

PERTH
... KARRAKATTA - 5730



- SMITH BURIALS NEW ZEALAND -

New Zealand ANZAC Smith
... World War I - 192
... World War II - 112


AUCKLAND
... RODNEY - 91
... WAIHEKE ISLAND - 20
... WAIKUMETE - about 1750


COROMANDEL
... BUFFALO - 18
... CHRIST CHURCH (Anglican) - 0
... COLVILLE - 1
... MERCURY BAY - 12
... OMAHU - 23
... SHORTLAND - 139
... TARARU - 13
... TOTARA MEMORIAL PARK - 67
... WHANGAMATA - 8


MANAWATU
... DANNEVIRKE, Eketahuna, Pahiatua, Woodville - 131
... FEILDING - 104
... PALMERSTON NORTH Ashhurst, Kelvin Grove, Terrace End - 634


OTAGO:
... DUNEDIN - over 2,000


SOUTHLAND
... BLUFF Bluff Cemetery - 14
... BLUFF Green Point & St Johns - 27
... BLUFF Southland Crematorium - 110
... GORE - 181


TARANAKI
... NEW PLYMOUTH - over 600
... ELTHAM, HAWERA, Kaponga, Opunake, Patea, Waverley etc - 175


WAIKATO
... HAMILTON - nearly 700


WAIRARAPA
... CARTERTON - 78
... MASTERTON - 751


WELLINGTON
... PORIRUA - 230


WHANGAREI
... Kamo + Kaurihohore + Kioreroa + Maunu
+ Onerahi + Waipu + Wharepara = total of 204
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- SMITH IMMIGRANTS -

... Wellington 1838 - 1853
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- SMITH MARRIAGES -

... 1840 to 1850
... 1851 to 1860

SMITH Brides married SMITH Grooms
MARY married Mr SMITH 1840 - 1899
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FAMOUS (or INFAMOUS) SMITHs in New Zealand:

ALL BLACKS - 12 (1897 to 2009)

28th MAORI BATTALION 1940-1945

DAVID STANLEY SMITH (1888-1982)

EDWARD METCALF SMITH (1839-1907)

ELSIE SMITH (1881-1968)

FRANCES HAGEL SMITH (1877-1948)

GEORGE MARSHALL McCALL SMITH (1882-1958)

GEORGE WILLIAM SMITH (1874-1954)

JOHN BURNS SMITH (1922-1974)

HELEN HAY SMITH (1873-1918)

LILLIAN RITA SMITH (1912-1993)

MARIANNE SMITH (1851-1938)

RONALD JOSEPH SMITH (1921-1995)

WILLIAM MEIN SMITH (1799-1869)

STEPHENSON 'PERCY' SMITH (1840-1922)
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... MISCELLANEOUS SMITH ...

SMITH - DEATHS from Newspapers

SMITH - UNIVERISTY GRADUATES 1870 - 1961
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Surnames: SMITH
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by ngairedith Profile | Research | Contact | Subscribe | Block this user
on 2011-03-30 00:33:49

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Comments

by mowsehowse on 2011-03-30 05:56:14

What a fantastic job you have done here!
I think you should get some sort of award for that.

I do hope there was something in it for you, other than satisfaction at a job well done.

You wouldn't like to climb any of my brick walls I suppose? :o)

I reckon you have to be about the best there is!!
Cheers, Judy.

by Scott_J on 2011-03-30 07:19:26

Agreed, this is an incredible effort, one that deserves better visibility than the more typical journals. Certainly it can be featured heavily on the SMITH surname page, and I'll be thinking further on that.

by ngairedith on 2011-03-31 09:17:48

by janilye on 2011-04-01 19:11:50

This is a good idea. Has anyone done Australian ones? I have my own index's of several cemeteries from the Singleton area which are not online.I don't want to put my complete index's online but I could do just the 'Smith's' Trouble is I have them on huge spreadsheets and I have to figure a way to put them in here (I'm not typing them all) Jan

by ngairedith on 2011-04-01 19:27:32

Hi janilye,
If you start typing them in now you'll be done in a few years :)

Everyone of mine is done individually re research
* additional names - lots have A.B.Smith eg, some have NO name at all just a death date OR no name AND no death date just an age!!
* maiden name look up - though not spending too much time on that at this time (later project)
* ages - most inportant I think for researchers, amazing how many have 'not recorded' next to their ages
* dates - sometimes there are names and ages but no date

but it's all about the end product and making life easier for someone

What I have learnt most about doing this ?? I am SO glad there are no Smith in my family to research :)

by janilye on 2011-04-01 23:02:02

Haha I figured it out! I did Campbell's Hill never before published.
and Singleton combined because there are a lot in that never before published. I don't have any Smiths either :). I have my relies burial ground, St.Mark's at Bulga but there is only one Smith there out of 250 graves (he must have taken a wrong turn)and none in Rutherford Methodist or Reedy Creek just sifting through the little old out of the way places now, remembering how I got bitten by mossies and sunburnt, looking for some of these graves reclaimed by the bush often with no markers.

by ngairedith on 2011-04-02 05:51:49

by ngairedith on 2011-04-04 08:04:06

by ngairedith on 2011-04-09 10:01:01

now with Palmerston North, Porirua & Rodney, Auckland

by Bren7004 on 2011-04-11 05:14:30

Your research is fab and much appreciated, trying to find James Smith is not easy. Many thanks

by Helen_Leggatt on 2011-05-25 01:43:54

Fantastic effort - great to see others recording cemeteries/headstones.

You will find a few more Smiths to add on my Canterbury cemetery recording project. Search out the ones you want and I will happily send you the full gravestone image so you can extract all the names/data from them.

Great work :)

Helen
Hunting Kiwis
http://genealogyjourno.wordpress.com

by ngairedith on 2011-05-26 07:37:20

thank you Helen,

I found, on you site, the burial of Leslie Robert McMEEKAN (above), son of Drummond Anderson & Lily McMeekan, at the Kirwee Public Cemetery and have linked it back to your site

- a family I recently researched, so a oincidence for you to come and supply his burial data !!

If you have (or are going to have) any info on the Springton cemetery it would also help with some of the above family members

by ngairedith on 2011-07-01 09:34:33

now has the 5,730 SMITH (as at June 2011) who are buried in the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia

by ngairedith on 2011-07-25 22:28:27

now with the 204 at WHANGAREI

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