About NZSG


The New Zealand Society of Genealogists was established in 1967 by a small group of family history enthusiasts. In the 56 years since, we are firmly established as a national entity enjoying a strong and supportive membership base, with 60 Branches and Affiliated groups. The organisation is an incorporated society (CC22120), governed by a Board of Directors and has a national office and research library located in Panmure, Auckland.

The Society works collaboratively with many of our national institutions and repositories and has over the years earned a reputation for its commitment to the preservation of historic records and as a representative voice on matters affecting the community of family researchers and historians.

Mission Statement

To provide educational opportunities and research resources for the development of knowledge, skills and practice in family history, genealogy and whakapapa for members and the wider community.

Objectives of the NZSG

  • To promote the study of family histories, whakapapa, genealogies and kindred subjects to the members of the Society and the New Zealand public.
  • To advance the education of the members of the Society and the New Zealand public in the study of family histories, whakapapa, genealogies and kindred subjects.
  • To provide assistance for the members of the Society and people wishing to compile family histories from sources in New Zealand and overseas.
  • To set up, operate and maintain a library of genealogies and related books, documents and digital records and to encourage the preservation of records having a genealogical or historical value.
  • To encourage accurate and scholarly research into the histories of New Zealand families and from time to time publish the results.
  • To accept copies of family histories and whakapapa for the purposes of research.
  • To foster awareness of family links and knowledge of heritage.
  • To do all such other lawful acts and things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of all or any of the above objects.

Society Administration

Our Constitution, Strategic Plan, Policies and Procedures Manual and Handbook are the principal governing documents for the Society and can be found on the  Strategic Documents page. 



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