I have previously written posts about the Public Record Office in Victoria, the NSW State Archives and the Queensland State Archives. The other states in Australia don’t seem to have any records or indexes available on their websites (except Tasmania in the Tasmanian Names Index, which I mentioned in my post Thursday’s Tips – Births, Deaths and Marriages for other Australian states and territories and New Zealand). This week, I am therefore going to write about the New Zealand archives – Archives New Zealand.
The website has a list of What’s Online on their page What We Have. The collections include Passenger lists, Military archives, Probates more than 50 years old and Naturalisation information.
I was recently researching Rupert Carrick, who died in New Zealand, so I went to the Archives New Zealand Search Page https://archives.govt.nz/search-the-archive to see what records they had for him. I found 2 records for him – one from Auckland Probates, and the other a Land Valuation File. The Probate File was available as a digital record.
The Probate file included a copy of his will, and also provided the date and place of his death, the name of his wife, and the name of his son, so I was able to add this information to my family tree.