Guest contributor: Bridget
We have over a thousand family histories in our collection donated to the library’s research centre over the years. The family histories are housed in their own bay of shelves in Auckland City Library’s family history collection under the call number 2 NZL FAM. With the help of our volunteers and casual staff we have been able to make this collection more accessible to our customers by creating a name searchable database. Because of the number of names involved within a family we have limited the inputted names to three generations only.
At this stage you will need to ask staff at the desk to search the database for you but it is well worthwhile. A single name search can show how connected some New Zealand families can be with one family name sometimes appearing in half a dozen other families’ histories.
The example below shows a result from a search on the family name Williams. The name can be found in more than 30 other named family histories, all of them on our shelves.
The Auckland Research Centre in Auckland’s Central library is open until 8.00 on weekdays and until 4.00 on the weekends. Access is free and membership is not required to browse our collections.