An electronic marriage – Origins and Find My Past

Christchurch has a large array of electronic, print and people resources for those wishing to discover their family history whether it be a lost branch of a family tree, a birthplace or a story. The family history electronic resources are very popular for those just starting out on their search or for those looking for that one random link that can make everything fall into place.

Due to this any changes to those resources can see a flurry of questions so please be aware that Origins has disappeared! Origins specialised in unusual and often hard to find British and Irish records. Its many early records include rare marriage indexes, apprentices and poor law records. All this information is not lost, it has just been “consumed” by Find My Past. The merger will see all of the Origins information including the National Wills Index combined with the Find My Past material into a mega family history resource under the Find My Past banner.

So one search and more results – just another way your life is getting easier (online anyway).

Older man at PC

Have a play and find the black sheep in your family today.

Find My Past: three become one!

Family historians are passionate and observant people so they will be the first to notice a change in one of our very popular online family history resources.

Find My Past Ireland, Find My Past Australia/NZ and Find My Past United Kingdom have combined into one large Find My Past database. This means all that same lovely information is still available, but just in the one place in one search. If you want to limit your search by location all you need to do is use a drop box on the front page.

Five of the six children of Thomas Jones Walker Shand [1886]
Five of the six children of Thomas Jones Walker Shand [1886]. Christchurch City Libraries, File Reference CCL Photo Collection 22, Img01504
On Find My Past  you will find:

  • Birth, Marriage and Death records;
  • Cemetery records;
  • Probate, land and court records;
  • Migration records;
  • Criminal reports;
  • Electoral rolls and censuses;
  • Directories, almanacs and government gazettes;
  • Military records;
  • Social, biographical and historical information to provide background context.

Christchurch City Libraries has a huge variety of resources for you who are starting out on family history research or for those of you just missing a few branches from your tree.

Come in and see us today!

Stop Press: two electronic updates for history buffs

We have two new exciting electronic additions just in time for Anzac Day.

Papers Past allows access to digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals from 1839 to 1945. It now includes the Otago Daily Times digitised from 1901-1920 which means the WWI period is covered online by this  major New Zealand daily paper. A great source of information for researchers of family and social history.

Find My Past AU has created the ‘Findmypast ANZAC Memory Bank’ to honour the men and women who represented their country at war. This bank will contain personal accounts, diaries, expert articles, and photographs from ALL wars. The ANZAC Memory Bank will commemorate not only the lost lives but also the brave men and women who made it home safely again. The memory bank will launch on the 1st of April and apparently there is already lots of New Zealand content. If you want to you can add to the memory bank by sharing your thoughts, stories and photos with Find My Past.

Christchurch City Libraries subscribes to a range of electronic resources at the Source including many to help in your family history searches. Take some time to have a play… you would be amazed how much there is to learn and see.

Stop Press: Find My Past releases more family history records

One million UK merchant navy seamen records have been released on Findmypast.co.uk. Thousands of these  seamen were recorded as being born in Australia and New Zealand. The records include biographical information such as name and date of birth, and in the most complete records eye and hair colour, address of kin, and a  photograph of the seamen.

They also contain vivid and unusual details such as scars and tattoos.

Find My Past: UK also contains among other resources:

  • The only 1841-1911 census collection online;
  • An online index of births, deaths and marriages (1837-2006);
  • Parish records for baptisms, marriages and burials dating from 1538;
  • Passenger lists for all long-haul voyages leaving the UK between 1890 and 1960.

This resource is also complemented by Find My Past: Ireland and Find My Past: Australia.These fantastic resources are  available at all our open community libraries, but not from home.  Come in and have a play and explore our other electronic family history resources from the Source!