Family History Organisations

These local organisations hold archives and other resources useful to family history researchers.

Organisation Description and Contact Details
Ancestor’s Attic

Ancestor's Attic is run by members of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists Nelson Branch. The branch has a large collection of resources related mainly to the Nelson Region. Collections include 1845 and 1849 Census information for Nelson, as well as assorted school records and family histories.

Address: Trafalgar Hall, 67 Trafalgar Street, Nelson

Hours: Monday 1.00pm-4.00pm, Thursday 10.00am-4.00pm, Sunday 2.00pm-4.00pm

Contact Details: Branch details - NZ Society of Genealogists 

Anglican Centre - Nelson Diocese

Archives include registers for all Anglican churches in the Diocese including Marlborough, Mohua/Golden Bay, Nelson, Kaikōura and most of the West Coast, such as Nelson Cathedral registers from 1842 onwards, Māori baptismal records, marriage and burial records and Māori marriage records prior to 1850.

Address: The Anglican Centre Office,48 Halifax Street, Nelson

Hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am-4.00pm

Contact Details: Anglican Centre - Diocese of Nelson

St Mary’s Parish - Catholic Archives

St Mary’s archives include sacramental registers from 1844 onwards, parish newsletters, and minutes from parish and school organisations, St Joseph’s School admission records, orphanage records. The Nelson Parish once incorporated Blenheim, Kaikōura, Picton, and the West Coast, as well as the Nelson and Tasman townships.

Contact: Diana Clark, Parish Archivist, 18 Manuka Street, Nelson

Contact Details: St Mary's Parish Archives

Nelson Family History Centre

The Family History Centre collections include microfiche birth, death and marriage indexes for New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. They also provide free access to a large collection of early magazines and newspapers and free access to the church's Family Search website.

Address: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Nayland Road Stoke, Nelson

Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday 9.30am-2.30pm

Contact Details: Nelson Family History Centre

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