The Library holds Introductory and Intermediate Genealogy courses each term: Introduction to Genealogy is designed for those new to family research. This class will show you how to search effectively and explore different features of popular websites such as ancestry.com and findmypast.com. Intermediate Genealogy is for those already confident in basic genealogy. This class has an emphasis on records held by Napier Libraries and other council facilities, cemetery searches, and alternative information sources. To sign up for these free classes, check out our Courses and Classes page.
Ancestry (Library Edition)
If you're visiting us at either library you can to access 'Ancestry' online free of charge. Access 'Ancestry'.
To access from home, first login through the library online catalogue, click home, then click 'Databases' located under My Library on the right. You'll then see the full range of databases available, including Ancestry.
Digitised British newspapers from the British Libraries collection. This archive is only available for use within the library.
Uncover your family tree utilising worldwide census, military, immigration, land data. Create a login when first using this platform.
Search over 2 billion original historical documents from around the world to trace your family tree. This platform is only available for use within the library.
Papers Past features digitised copies of New Zealand and Pacific newspapers from the 19th and 20th Centuries. The archive also includes journals, letters, diaries, parliamentary papers, and magazines.
Our Research Librarians have pulled together the guide Researching Your Family History This useful guide will help get you started in genealogy.
If you would like help finding your way through our resources, our friendly team are here to assist. For more in-depth assistance, please complete our Research Help form and we'll be in touch.
Napier Libraries holds several collections that are useful in genealogy and family history research - from books to magazines, aerial maps to deposit plans, we have something that will help you on your journey of discovery. Special collections include:
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