4.7 million New Zealand records added to MyHeritage

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04 August 2021
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Millions of birth, marriage and death indexes for New Zealand have been added to the MyHeritage database this week.

The records in these collections are provided by the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs and are the main source of vital records in New Zealand. 

The new additions are:

New Zealand, Birth Index, 1840–1901

This collection of 2 million records is an index of birth registrations from throughout New Zealand. Records may contain the first and last name of the individual, the name of the father and mother, the birth year of the individual, and the registration number.

Births have been officially recorded in New Zealand since 1848, and were originally under the jurisdiction of the Colonial Secretary. If a birth was a stillbirth, this is indicated in the record. 

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New Zealand, Marriage Index, 1840–1901

This collection is an index of marriage registrations from throughout New Zealand. Records may contain the first and last name of the bride, the first and last name of the groom, the year the marriage took place, and the registration number.

Marriages have been officially recorded in New Zealand since 1854, and were originally under the jurisdiction of the Colonial Secretary. 

New Zealand, Death Index, 1840–2021

This collection of 2.4 million records is an index of death registrations from throughout New Zealand. Records may contain the first and last name of the individual, year of death, age at death, birth date, and registration number.

Deaths have been officially recorded in New Zealand since 1848, and were originally under the jurisdiction of the Colonial Secretary. A law in 1913 required that Mäori deaths also be registered, and these records were part of a separate registration system until 1961. 

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