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Family History Month

Family History Month is a great time to start researching your family tree and Marlborough District Libraries have numerous resources available for genealogists of all levels.

A collection of handy websites and resources can be found on the Marlborough District Libraries' website under Heritage. Resources relate to family history, local history, Māori and New Zealand history.

Go to the Heritage section of the Marlborough District Libraries' website

As part of Family History Month the Librarians at Marlborough District Library (Blenheim) have put on additional Stepping Up - adult computer classes for beginner genealogists, and a special 'Lock-in' event on a Friday evening for those wanting a quiet space to independently research their ancestry.

For more information and to register read the news article on these events

Ancestry Library

Marlborough District Libraries has a subscription to Ancestry.com, an online family history resource that allows you to search your family's history.

You can access Ancestry.com at both the District Library (Blenheim) and the Picton Library and Service Centre - Waitohi Whare Mātauranga. As this is a subscription service ancestry.com can only be accessed from within the library.

Papers Past

Papers Past provides access to millions of pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers, diaries, journals, letters, magazines and parliamentary papers. The earliest newspaper to be digitised is from 1839 with new titles added every year.

Go to Papers Past website and browse the collection


findNZarticles provides access to a collection of historic New Zealand publications, including bibliographies, newspaper and journal articles and published family histories.

Browse findNZarticles for New Zealand specific historical information

Catalogue Collection

Marlborough District Libraries have several collections relating to family history and genealogy.

Search the catalogue for family history and genealogy books