Family History Month

Rotorua Library has you covered this Family History Month.

August is Family History Month. Whether you are just starting out or you are a seasoned researcher, Rotorua Library is a great place to visit.


Free Research Assistance every Wednesday in August

Volunteers from the Rotorua Branch of the NZ Society of Genealogists will be in every Wednesday in August if you want to drop in and get some help with your genealogy queries.

When: 10am-2pm every Wednesday in August

Where: Heritage & Research Area, Rotorua Library 

At other times, visit our friendly staff in the Heritage & Research area at the far end of the library for help with your family history and whakapapa research. They are trained reference librarians and can teach you to use the valuable resources that are available to you.


A Practical Guide to Māori Land Law

A free education session on Māori Land Law will be run three times on Monday 7 August by the Rotorua District Community Law Centre. Each session is the same and will cover succession, occupation orders, whanau trusts, Māori incorporations, removal and appointment of trustees and, determination of title.

Date: Monday 7 August

Session Times: 10-11am, 12-1pm and 1.30-2.30pm

Venue: Programmes Space, Rotorua Library.

Cost: Free.

Sessions are open to everyone but seating is limited so please arrive early to ensure your seat.


Genealogy Resources at Rotorua Library


Free Ancestry and Find My Past

Discover your family's history by tracing the clues left behind amongst the records on Ancestry and Find My Past. These online genealogy resources put billions of records at your fingertips. 

Did you know you can access Ancestry and Find My Past at Rotorua Library for free? Use a library computer or your own device within the library (on our free wi-fi) to access the links via our Library Catalogue.


 Books, microfiche and more. 

The library has lending and reference family history collections which include guides to family and iwi history research, local histories, shipping information, war histories, biographies and indexes. We hold a number of records on microfiche and microfilm including historical births, deaths and marriages and local newspapers.





Whakapapa Research

Additional resources available for whakapapa research include iwi histories, Māori Land Court Minute Book indexes and the New Zealand Gazette Archive. Find out more about resources for Māori research on our Maori Resources page.




For more information on on Family History resources and on planning what to bring with you, visit our Family History page.

Page reviewed: 31 Jul 2017 4:38pm