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Ancestry Group Details and Next Meeting Time

Every month Napier Libraries' Ancestry Group meets to learn, discuss and share their knowledge and findings. The group is run by Glenda, who brings a lifetime of experience and advice for those wishing to advance their genealogy research. To help us manage demand and ensure everyone receives the individual attention they require bookings are necessary for those new to the group - to find out more please email

Due to unforeseen circumstances this group will not be meeting until further notice.  Please contact the library at the above email if you require genealogy assistance.

Note: Ancestry and Find My Past databases are available for use in the library only. Access is free in the library - please ask. logo

Ancestry Library Edition brings the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource to your library. It’s an unprecedented online collection of individuals from North America, the UK, Europe, Australia, and more. Answers await everyone—whether professional or hobbyist, expert or novice, genealogist, or historian—inside the more than 7,000 available databases. Here, you can unlock the story of you with sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more. And, with ongoing updates and new content always being added, you’ll keep coming back to discover more.

Ancestry Library Edition contains the UK and Ireland Census Collection, England and Wales Civil Registration Index, Immigration Collections and US Federal Census Collection data.

Note: The Ancestry database is available for use in the library only. Access is free in the library - please ask.



Find My Pastfindmypast au logo

Findmypast makes original historical documents available to search online, so that you can explore a collection of over two billion records, find your ancestors and trace your family tree from the comfort of your local library.

Note: The Find My Past database is available for use in the library only. Access is free in the library - please ask.


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British Newspaper Archive

bnaYou can gain access to the British Newspaper Archive at Napier or Taradale Library. This is similar to New Zealand's Papers Past and is an excellent resource for genealogy or general research. It is for use in the library only.

Note: The BNA database is available for use in the library only. Access is free in the library - please ask.

Access British Newspaper Archive

These genealogy databases are available for free use in either Napier or Taradale library.

You can also find information on Whakapapa here.

Other Useful Resources:

Napier Cemeteries

Hastings Cemeteries

Varcoe’s New Zealand Marriages Index

Scotland's People 

New Zealand Births, Deaths and Marriages

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet

Freereg – Records from UK Parishes

Papers Past

Trove - Australian version of Papers Past

NZ Society of Genealogists

Traveling to find your roots: a guide to genealogy research in Europe

Billion Graves 

Building Your Family Tree Online: A Beginner’s Guide

Free Births Deaths and Marriages UK: this contains the same information as the GRO Index

Family Search : Latter Day Saints site, includes parish records

Jewish Genealogy

DNA test comparison by Smarter

United Kingdom Society of Genealogists

The United States Genweb Project - free genealogy help for every US state and county.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services - History and Genealogy


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