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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Adoptions in NZ Birth Indexes & District Keys Books

Adoptions in the Original NZ Birth Indexes

These birth indexes were published on microfiche up to 1990 and copies are held in many major New Zealand and Australian Public Libraries. An adoption can be recognised because it is hand-written and there is a slash part way through the number. An adoption record is, in theory, off limits to all but the child and parents involved. Note not all hand-written entries relate to an adoption. The parents of an ex-nuptial child may have married with the result that the child is entered with a new surname. It may be that the original entry was incorrect and a second entry was required.

Post - 1960 births have the mother's Christian name except those involving an adoption.

District Keys Indexes for New Zealand Births & Deaths

A series of volumes have been produced for the years 1840 – 1955. These provide references to regions the folio numbers in the books cover plus the Districts the registrations were recorded. This  information helps narrow down a possible relative or  can confirm the area where the person you are seeking may come from and this can help identify regional records that can further assist your research.
Regions noted are:
Auckland Districts
Taranaki Districts
Wellington Districts
Hawkes Bay Districts
Marlborough Districts
Nelson Districts
Westland Districts
Canterbury Districts
Otago & Southland Districts

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