In a previous post I wrote about the New Zealand Births, Deaths and Marriages indexes on microfiche. These can be viewed at some public libraries and other places. It’s also possible to purchase the microfiche from the Department of Internal Affairs.
I contacted them for prices recently and they turn out to be fairly pricey if you want the whole lot. The indexes are broken down into smaller pieces though so you could build up a collection over time. The prices for the birth indexes on microfiche are:
Death indexes on microfiche are:
Marriage indexes on microfiche are:
In New Zealand there used to be a seperate register for births, deaths and marriages of Maori. The indexes for these cover the years 1911 through to 1961. If you are researching names and you are unsure if they are of Maori descent it can be worthwhile to look through these indexes. The price is $150.00 for the entire register covering all years and births, deaths and marriages. I’ll write more about the Maori registers in a future post.
Interestingly the price list also shows a price for an electronic copy of the records rather than a microfiche copy. The prices for these are much more expensive. For example an electronic copy of the Maori births is $3,000.00. For the general register of births it’s $474.00 per quarter or $225.00 per month. Ouch! I’m not even sure what format this is in. I’ll try and find out what exactly an electronic copy is.
It would be nice to have a scanned in version of all the microfiche available on CDROM or DVD, fully indexed to facilitate searching in a similar manner to what services line findmypast.co.uk have for the UK registers. Even better would be to then OCR or have volunteers manually enter the information to provide a freebmd type service for New Zealand. If anyone knows of such a service that is planned leave a note in the comments as I’d be very interested.