Family History Organisations

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

Organisation Description and Contact Details
Ancestor’s Attic

The Ancestor's Attic is run on a voluntary basis by members of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists Nelson Branch. The branch has established 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.

Anglican Centre - Nelson Diocese

Archives include registers for all Anglican churches in the Diocese including Marlborough, 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 written in Māori.


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

Phone: 03 548 3124.

Hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am-4.00pm.

St Mary’s Parish - Catholic Archives

St Mary’s archives include sacramental registers from 1844 onwards, heritage photographs, parish newsletters, and minutes from parish and school organisations, St Joseph’s School admission records, orphanage records, old vestments and memorabilia. 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, PO Box 37, Nelson.

Phone: 03 548 9527.

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 British Library website offering 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.

Phone: 03 547 9504.

Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9.30am-2.30pm, Tuesday 7.00pm-9.00pm, Saturday 9.30am-2.30pm.



A list of local and relevant national organisations with resources for family historians. Each entry provides a brief guide to the resources provided by the organisation, contact details and opening hours.

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