Family History Resources
Whether you're struggling to get started with your family research or need a bit of inspiration to keep going on your hunt.
Have a look at the list below, compiled by our Reference Librarian and resident family history expert, to help you piece together your family tree.
Ancestry Library is Marlborough District Libraries online genealogy database. It can be accessed within the library on the library computers or your own device. It provides access to billions of historical documents, photos, local narratives, oral histories, indexes and other resources in over 30,000 databases that span from the 1500s to the 2000s.
You will need to visit the library to access this database. It can be accessed through the family history page on our website or on any catalogue computer.
The Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com
This book has helpful tips about researching your family using Ancestry.com. This newly updated guide include screenshots that demonstrate how to create family trees, navigate the site and use Ancestry.com's search engines.
Whether you've just begun dabbling in family history or you're a longtime Ancestry.com subscriber, this book will turn you into an Ancestry.com power user. Most of these tips are also useful if you are using the Marlborough District Library's subscription to Ancestrylibrary.com.
Family Tree Magazine
Family Tree magazine is located under the History & Geography section of the magazine area. It has helpful tips for people starting out in family history as well as information on useful website.
Who do You Think You Are?
This is one of the on-line magazines the libraries subscribe to. It is found in the Parenting and Family category on Press Reader. Like Family Tree magazine it has helpful tips for people starting out in family history as well as information on useful websites.
Papers Past has New Zealand newspapers pre 1949. It is great for finding out what your family was really like. You can find information from court cases, descriptions of events, school and sport results. Obituaries often helpfully mention siblings and other relatives.