Genealogical research opportunities are provided by the following local institutions:

Toitu Settlers Museum

Modern interactive displays. Research facilities relating to early settlement available at a small charge. Large photographic resource.
31 Queens Gardens, P.O. Box 56, Dunedin (metered parking)
Open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. during Summer (October-March) and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Winter (April-September)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Library

International collection with viewing facility for material from the library at Salt Lake City. Helpful assistance from experienced genealogists.
Fenton Crescent, St Clair, Dunedin (some free parking)

The Hocken Collection

An extensive collection of New Zealand and Otago historical material. A huge collection of indexed photographic material including church and community records. Skilled researchers available.
90 Anzac Avenue (c/o Anzac Ave & Parry St), Dunedin (limited parking)
Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon – Fri

Dunedin City Council Archive 

Extensive records of City and suburbs.
City Council Building, The Octagon, Dunedin (metered parking)
Ph 03 477 4000 (ask for archivist)

Dunedin City Council Cemeteries Search

The official cemetery records for all cemeteries administered by the Dunedin City Council. 

Dunedin Public Library

Rich resources of national and local history, Microfilm newspapers, Births Deaths and Marriages microfiche, Extensive genealogical collection, Internet available.
McNab Collection of rare and precious books.
230 Moray Place, Dunedin
Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mon – Sat, 10 – 4 Sunday (basement metered parking)

Presbyterian Archives Research Centre

New Zealand repository for Presbyterian Archives Large collection of photographic material of NZ, India, Vanu Atu and the Pacific.
Knox College Buildings, Arden Street, Opoho, Dunedin (some free parking)
Open 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Mon – Fri
Telephone ahead to book research space: 03 473 0776

University of Otago Library 

An exceptional collection of New Zealand and international reference material. Photocopy facility available.
Open 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. on week days 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. at week-ends. Seriously crowded at exam time.
Union Street, Dunedin (metered parking on street)

First Presbyterian Church 

A unique collection of early Otago Church records Dating from 1848; includes early Otago marriages and baptisms.
“Heritage Room” 415 Moray Place, Dunedin (some free parking)
Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon-Fri
Ph. 03 477-7150

New Zealand on-line research sites:

Papers Past

Access to many of New Zealand's earliest newspapers, many up to 1920, with more titles and more recent editions to come.

Cenotaph - Auckland War Memorial Museum

Access to personal and official memory of military personnel who served in conflicts.

 Archway - Archives New Zealand 

Access to Government records including Military Service Records, gold mining Wardens Court records, probate, divorce, land, company, etc. records. 

Australian and beyond on-line research sites:


Access to Australian newspapers - similar to Papers Past - and many other records, e.g. photos, books, diaries, maps, etc.

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour

Access to Australian Military Service Records - similar to Archway, Cenotaph, CWGC.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission (C.W.G.C.)

Access a war casualty database including limited service, cemetery and next of kin detail.

Family Search

Access to one of the largest genealogy archives in the world, as part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, covering information from churches of most denominations and from national archives of many countries.


The place to research births, deaths, marriages, census, old parish records, wills, etc., pertaining to Scotland only. This is a pay-to-view site but is one of the best organised, with access to images of the original documents.