Genealogy resource centre

A friendly area in the City Centre Library with a comprehensive collection of materials for family history research, and computers which provide access to Ancestry.com.

A friendly area in the City Centre Library with a comprehensive collection of materials for family history research, and computers which provide access to Ancestry.com.

Huge range of resources for your research

The Genealogy resource centre is part of the City Centre Library within the non-fiction area. It's next to the Māori and Pacific collections, and Local History is close by. The Centre is generally staffed by volunteer genealogists who can offer help and advice. Check the Porirua Branch of the NZ Society of Genealogists website for more information.

We've got a comprehensive range of material for family history research with a focus on New Zealand and British information. This includes microfiche, microfilm, books, magazines and access to digital resources like Ancestry.com.

For example:

  • Birth, Death and Marriage indexes for New Zealand, England and Australia
  • Cemetery records for New Zealand and Porirua City.
  • A range of New Zealand electoral rolls, especially those relating to the Porirua basin.
  • 1881 British census index and 1891 London census

We also hold a selection of materials that will enable you to get a good grounding in Māori whakapapa research and we can offer you guidance for Pacific Island research.

We have a microfiche/microfilm scanner which you can use to take copies of records.  Microfilm may be interloaned from the National Library for $5.00.

Links to useful genealogy websites

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