Family History Month

7/08/2018 12:00 a.m.

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 Wednesday 8 August​

Volunteers from the Rotorua Branch of the NZ Society of Genealogists will be in on Wednesday 8 August if you want to drop in and get some help with your genealogy queries.

When: 10am-1pm Wednesday 8 August

Where: Heritage & Research Area, Second Floor, Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri

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.



Māori Database Workshops

The Māori​ Database sessions in August are now fully booked. Further sessions have been scheduled for September.

If you would like to learn how to find whakapapa, land and historical information using the Māori Land Court Minute Book Index with guidance from the Rotorua Library Heritage & Research specialists, visit our Events page to register for a workshop next month.



Rotorua Library Heritage Blog

If you are looking for Family History tips, ticks and information, our Heritage and Research Team will be sharing their ideas on the Rotorua Library Heritage Blog​

A new post is published every week and this month the focus is on Family History and Genealogy.



​Rotorua Genealogy Branch of the NZSG Guest Speaker

Kerry Farmer BA. B.Sc. Professional Researcher, presenter, teacher in family history and Genealogical studies Australia will speak on Australian Immigration & DNA. 

Venue: Rotorua East Bowling Club, 26 Warwick Drive, Lynmore, Rotorua

Date: 9am-1pm, Wednesday 15 August 2018 

Cost: $ 5 for Rotorua Members, $10 Non Members (Door sales). Morning tea provided 

For further information email 



Genealogy Resources at Rotorua Library


Free Ancestry Access

Discover your family's history by tracing the clues left behind amongst the records on Ancestry Library Edition. This online genealogy resource put billions of records at your fingertips. 

Did you know you can access Ancestry 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: 07 Mar 2019 8:15am