New Website

I have a new website for Chris Korte’s NZ Genealogy Project.  You are invited to visit and join the website.

Compared with previously published information on Rootsweb the new site has

    • Additions and updates to Wallace family tree, based on information supplied by Terry Love.
    • Numerous full dates of birth and place of birth for New Zealand added (pre 1918), based on information from NZ “Birth, Death and Marriage Historical Records” website and “New Zealand, Birth Index, 1840-1950” ( respectively.
    • Over 400 full dates of marriage added, to replace year of marriage, based on information from NZ “Birth, Death and Marriage Historical Records” website.
    • Over 700 images of people added to this website. Registered website members can view images. Only a small number of these images had been shared previously on RootsWeb or the previous NZ Genealogy Project website (now closed).
    • Notes added to over 150 individuals so they displayed on this website. Most of these notes, which are biographical or an obituary, had been previously displayed on RootsWeb (25) or on the previous NZ Genealogy Project website (now closed).
    • Almost 400 source documents – birth, death, marriage registrations, census returns, baptisim records, death notices, obituaries, wills, etc. Registered website members can view.
    • Over 150 images added for 20 photo albums. Registered website members can view the albums. Most of these images had been shared previously on the previous NZ Genealogy Project website (now closed).
    • 29 History pages with articles about (1) places in Europe where ancestors lived before mirgrating to New Zealand (2) places where ancestors settled in New Zealand (3) reports about people getting to New Zealand or doing things in New Zealand. These webpages were updated, but were on the previous NZ Genealogy Project website (now closed). Registered website members can view the pages.
    • Several webpages accessable through the “More” menu: Guestbook, GEDCOM history, My research bookmarks, Privacy policy, Terms of use, About site, Acknowledgements.
    • Several headstone images. More will be added to this site in future. Registered website members can view images.




OFF-LINE – Chris Korte’s New Zealand Genealogy Project web site

Chris Korte’s New Zealand Genealogy Project website has not been available since December 2017.  The site was hosted for free on  In December 2017 removed all the free websites and family trees on RootsWeb from the internet.  Content is being reviewed by before restoring.

My project family tree on RootsWeb‘s WorldConnect was restored for viewing in January 2018, but cannot be updated at present.  The version available on RootsWeb was uploaded to the site in June 2017.  Pictures and some notes (that are stored with the Project web site) are not presently available on the family tree.

UPDATE – Jan 2018

Chris Korte’s New Zealand Genealogy Project website on Rootsweb became available again in September 2018.  In January 2019 the home page was changed, directing visitors to my new site.

It is not yet possible to modify family trees on Rootsweb but when it is, the link to the old website will be replaced.

NZ Birth Index at have recently added some new records that I have found very useful – NZ Birth Index 1840-1950, NZ Death Index 1848-1980, NZ Marriage Index 1840-1950. This post is about the birth index that I have been using recently to fill in gaps in my family tree.


New Zealand Birth Index, 1840-1950

This collection includes a searchable index to birth records from New Zealand covering the years 1840–1950. The index lists the name of the child, the quarter and year in which he or she was born, and a folio number associated with the microfiche index created by the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs. The location of the birth registration is available for many of the records. The same information is available on microfiche in many public libraries in New Zealand, and some overseas.

Having the index available on-line is much more convenient than searching through several microfiche.  If you are not sure of the birth year, several microfiche need to be searched.  With the on-line search, results for several years are shown so you can select the correct one, or the most likely ones for further investigation. I have been using the index to find location of birth registration.  Previously this required a look-up of folio numbers in District keys to the N.Z. registration indexes published by the New Zealand Society of Genealogists.

What is Missing?  The records for 1951 to 1990 that are available on microfiche, and include the mother’s given names, are not in the index.  Not all the names in the index have location of the birth registration, and there are errors – I have found lots of children with their birth incorrectly registered on Chatham Islands.

A really useful tool for filling in missing details in your family tree, at least it has been for me.

Tracking Vistors to your WorldConnect Family Tree

I am interested in the demographics of who is visiting my family tree on Rootsweb WorldConnect. What country, city are visitors from? What pages are looked at most often?

After a few unsuccessful attempts, I have now managed to set up tracking so I can answer these questions, and others. I use Google Analytics.

Analytics LogoThere are two parts to the setup.

  1. In Google Analytics you need to define the default URL – I used  This refers to the whole WorldConnect site, but only your family tree pages will send tracking codes.  You  copy the tracking code from Google Analytics for insertion in web pages displaying your family tree.
  2. You then need to log into Rootsweb, open your account page, and under Worldconnect Tree ID select Edit. Click on the tree you want to track (in my case chris_korte), then click on Display Options under Tree Settings.  I pasted the tracking code from Google Analytics into the Page Footer.  Due to restrictions on string length for the page footer, I needed to remove the existing footer.  Before pasting, I also edited the tracking code in notepad to remove formatting spaces and carriage returns – I made one line of text.

So far this has tracked visitors for a few hours successfully.  When it has run for longer I will update on what has worked and what has not.

I have been able to see number of visitors, pageviews, visit duration, audience details, traffic sources and content.  These are the normal statistics that Analytics reports.  In-Page Analytics can not be reported, but this is not a concern to me.

I presume the tracking code can be inserted in other parts of the WorldConnect page, but I have not tried.

Google Analytics reports that “The Google Analytics tracking code has not been detected on your website’s home page.” This is because Rootsweb WorldConnect does not allow users to alter the home page.

Google Analytics says “For Analytics to function, you or your web administrator must add the code to each page of your website.” Because the footer is displayed whenever my tree is displayed, the tracking code will report all instances of my tree being viewed.

In case you do not know, use of both Google Analytics and Rootsweb WorldConnect is free.

Auckland Weekly News

I have just discovered an online database at Auckland Library that has thousands of historical images from New Zealand – Heritage Images Online. The images are sourced from the Auckland Weekly News photographic supplements published between 1898 and 1943.

Photos in the database can be found in a Google search, but I have found searching the database on the Library website more useful. Heritage Images Online can be accessed through Auckland Libraries website at

I have found historical photos of places in New Zealand that I can use for my website. The photo of the opening of Matawai Post Office (below) will be added to my web page for Matawai.

Photograph of opening of the Matawai Post Office in 1921
Opening of Matawai Post Office in 1921
Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19210811-37-4

Searching for family names can turn up photographs of relatives.  The newspaper published portraits of many servicemen in WW1.  An example is shown below from a 1915 issue of the newspaper.

Photograph of Edwin Rushbrooke
Ernest Edwin Rushbrooke in 1915
Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19150916-39-39

Auckland Weekly News images cover a broad range of subjects from global conflict of the day, scenic views of Auckland, royal visits and local events. They provide a pictorial depiction of New Zealanders and New Zealand life at the time of publication, with a focus on events within the Auckland region.

Images were taken from large bound volumes of newspapers, using a digital camera to capture an entire page of photographs. To protect the fragile volumes, photography was carried out onsite at the library, using specially modified equipment. The digital image of the single page was then transformed into separate records for each photograph, with searchable information about each one including a transcription of its original newspaper caption.

New Zealand Birth, Death & Marriage Dates

I have just discovered that historical birth, death & marriage records for New Zealand can be searched to find the date an event.  Historical data available for searching includes:

  • Births that occurred at least 100 years ago
  • Stillbirths that occurred at least 50 years ago
  • Marriages and eventually civil unions that occurred at least 80 years ago
  • Deaths that occurred at least 50 years ago, or the deceased’s date of birth was at least 80 years ago

You search by name and date, and records are returned show year of event.  To narrow down to the day of the event, keep searching with more specific start and end dates.  After several searches you will find the record with the same start and end search date.

I have checked some events where I already had the date, and they matched the search.

Until today I had only been obtaining the year of the event, because I did not realise you could match dates to the day.  I hope this helps some of you find dates too.  I also found some events had the wrong year from my previous searches (eg birth occured in December 1901, but year listed as 1902, presumably when registered).

RootsWeb WorldConnect Style

Until today my family tree on Rootsweb WorldConnect had been very plain, black text on a white background. It did not match the color scheme on my genealogy website. That changed when I found Patricia Geary‘s website and ebook Planning a Genealogy Website, 2nd Edition.

Picture of ebook

Planning a Genealogy Website 2nd Edition is a FREE 42 page EBook. The EBook is a great resource for anyone who is interested in creating a genealogy website especially if you are using RootsWeb hosting. It has been revised and updated with several entirely new sections.

The ebook has a section about adding some style to your WorldConnect Database, including example code to get you started. I started with Pat’s code, modified it to provide similar colors to my website. The result was a major improvement, illustrated below.  I thought the colors for hyperlinks in the sample code were better than the ones I had on my website, so that resulted in changes to the css file on my website (uploaded 2 April).

Picture of RootsWeb WorldConnect
Color added to my RootsWeb WorldConnect Family Tree

Here are a couple of examples of notes added to the family tree: Page for Christian August BERKAHN with a photo and a link to biographical details.  Page for Alban RUSHBROOKE with biographical details.

I suggest you have a look at Pat’s book and website if you are putting your family tree on the internet.