Anne Bromell Collection – NZ Records


I just discovered that ancestry.com has New Zealand records available for searching – The Anne Bromell Collection. Below are some that I will be using to add additional information to my family tree. I have started with the Electoral Rolls -a great resource for checking where people lived and occupations. There are several other smaller databases as well.

  1. New Zealand, Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981, 20 million records. Electoral rolls for New Zealand from 1853 to 1981 are contained in this collection. The rolls were compiled during general and provincial election years and include the names of individuals from each electoral district who were qualified to vote. By law, all persons who were eligible to vote were required to register on the electoral roll, even if they did not intend to vote.
  2. New Zealand, City & Area Directories, 1866-1955, 65,000 records. The alphabetical name directory is the most useful for researching ancestors as it lists the name of each head of household with their district or city of residence. Often their occupations and/or street addresses will also be listed.
  3. New Zealand, Naturalisations, 1843-1981 138,000 records. This database contains an index of persons who were naturalised or given citizenship in New Zealand from 1843 to 1981. New Zealand citizenship did not begin until 1949, but persons who were not born within the British Commonwealth and applied for naturalisation were given British citizenship prior to 1949.
  4. New Zealand, Maori Voter and Electoral Rolls, 1908 & 1919, 35,000 records. The alphabetical name directory is the most useful for researching ancestors as it lists the name of each head of household with their district or city of residence. Often their occupations and/or street addresses will also be listed.
  5. Canterbury, New Zealand, Provincial Rolls, 1868-1874, 24,000 records. Electoral rolls for Canterbury province, New Zealand years 1868 to 1874 are contained in this collection. The rolls were compiled during election years and include the names of individuals from each electoral district who were qualified to vote for the provincial superintendent and members of the provincial council. Eligible voters were male British subjects who owned property and were age 21 or older.

The following is sourced from Ancestry.com:

The Anne Bromell Collection covers a period from the mid-1800’s right through to the later part of the 20th century. This material will be of enormous benefit to anyone with a connection to New Zealand or even Australia as the Antipodeans had a habit of moving back and forth.

The material contained in this collection was amassed over a 20-year period by the late Anne Bromell. Anne traveled extensively around New Zealand with her microfilm camera, filming records where she found them and her work forms the basis of the record set gathered here.

Anne Bromell

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About Chris Korte

I spend lots of time researching family history, and this site allows me to post progress with research on various people.
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