Researching Vital Statistics in New Zealand

Last time I wrote about Births, Deaths and Marriages in Australia. Today I am just adding in a little bit about Births, Deaths and Marriages in New Zealand. They can be found at https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/

Like with Australia the time period for NSW BDM’s is limited to-

  • Births that occurred at least 100 years ago
  • Stillbirths that occurred at least 50 years ago
  • Marriages that occurred 80 years ago
  • Deaths that occurred at least 50 years ago or the deceased’s date of birth was at least 80 years ago.

Stillbirths is an interesting one as they are not specifically mentioned in Australian registries but the demand for them from parents who have had a stillbirth and for acknowledgement that this was a child that should be recognised is on the increase and a lot of registries are now starting to keep this sort of record.


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