The First Immigrant Ships
is an interesting narrative on New Zealand
immigrant ships to Port Nicholson in Wellington,
the Waitemata in Auckland, and other regions
including New Plymouth.
The Amelia Thompson
features the passenger lists of 187 Devonshire
emigrants who arrived in New Plymouth, New
Zealand on the 3rd September 1841.
Boyton - a website about
modern day Boyton in Cornwall, England, with a
section on its history and old pictures. John
Oliver (b. 25 Apr 1774), resided at Boyton Mill
from 1827. Boyton Mill is in Devon, just across
the Tamar River which separates Cornwall and
Devon. John's son Samuel (of Alpha Mill New
Plymouth New Zealand), was only 7 years of age
when his father took up tenancy of Boyton Mills
in Devon, England.
Papers Past is operated by
the National Library of New Zealand. The site
contains more than one million pages of
digitised New Zealand newspapers and
periodicals. The collection covers the years
1839 to 1945 and includes 61 publications from
all regions of New Zealand. You may search by
exact phrases, any of your words, or all of your
words. You can also browse by Newspaper by date,
by region, and by by title.
DigitalNZ is a
collaborative initiative led by the National
Library of New Zealand. They work with a wide
range of contributing institutions and
organisations such as museums. It features a
Search Bar prominently displayed on the home
page. A search for James Oliver brings up our
James Oliver b.1805 as the number 1 result and
featuring a photo of James from the Puke Ariki
New Zealand Yesteryears is
a privately funded project with the aim to make
it the largest New Zealand passenger list site
on the internet. It features passenger lists and
shipboard diaries from 1800 to 1900. Also
included are photos, maps and documents from the
Provinces of New Zealand and also links to other
online New Zealand Genealogy Resources.
The Archives New Zealand
Library holds New Zealand’s most
comprehensive collection of archival and records
management texts and serials. It holds the
archives of New Zealand government, including
many national treasures.
The New Zealand Society of
Genealogists assist members with their
family history and genealogical research. They
have branches throughout New Zealand that meet
FamNet - The Family History
Network recently combined with the New
Zealand Genealogy Data Base (NZGDB), and the
Australian equivalent, this site features over
14 million people in family trees, many with
attached documents and pictures. The site claims
to have the largest collection of New Zealand
family trees available on the web with an ever
increasing number of other databases such as
shipping, useful web sites, soldiers, etc. Plus
there are articles and newsletters that help
with researching your family. You can
join/register for free although to get full
access a subscription is required - individual
subscriptions are $25.00 per year, or $100 for
Ancestry.com.au was launched
in 2006 and is part of
ancestry.com which was originally founded back in 1983. Ancestry
has over two million paying subscribers and more
than six million DNA customers.
User-generated content tallies
to more than 70 million family trees, and
subscribers have added more than 200 million
photographs, scanned documents, and written
stories. Some records are free for anyone to
access, but the majority are accessible only by
paid subscription. Membership starts at AU
$179.99 per year for the UK Heritage Package,
and up to AU $499.99 per year for the WORLD
access to the vast genealogy records held by The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in
the USA. The site provides step-by-step research
guidance and searching for your ancestors, view
maps, forms, guides, and other research helps,
and find other Web sites containing family
Leister Productions is
located in Pennsylvania, USA, and is respected
internationally as a leading developer and
publisher of genealogy software for the Apple
Macintosh computer. Their best known genealogy
application is called Reunion and has been used
to build the descendant charts and "The Tree"
pages accessed through this nzolivers.com
is an excellent guide to genealogy.
In January 2017 this link was suggested by
students of the “After School Care Programs”
in the heart of El Paso County, Colorado,
where tutors and peer mentors, provide a
positive role model to help educate the youth,
while simultaneously providing a positive
influence. The ‘kids’ enjoyed our genealogy
resources in "nzolivers" and have bookmarked
them for their family tree project.
is another excellent guide to genealogy.
In April 2017 this link was suggested by “The
After School Center” in the heart of
Bernalillo County, New Mexico, where their
group of tutors provide kids and teens the
adult mentoring they need to succeed.
yet another great site, this one site
recommended by Jessica Milly in May 2017.
Household Quotes was originally set up for
homeowners and tenants to avoid paying too
much for jobs in the home. They also feature this
Home Genealogy Guide and a good section on how
to start your genealogy quest.
is a very comprehensive beginners guide to
genealogy, written by Mark Orwig, and posted
here in June 2017. Mark writes that Genealogy
is all about understanding the history of your
family, and gives tips to get started, where
to find records, DNA testing, and
a review of popular genealogy TV shows.
is another very impressive guide by Mark Orwig and posted here in July
2017. This one, on
how to choose the best DNA testing kit
for you. It starts off with a chart showing
comparisons between six different DNA test
providers available on
the market, and continues
with excellent explanations
types of tests and how they work.
Towards the end of the article, Mark gives
the Pros and Cons of each provider's test.
is another excellent website and includes
links to a number of genealogy resources. This
'Vodien' site was recommended by Ava Oberg in
the USA in December 2017. She was working to
earn her "My Family Story" badge in the Girl Scouts. Ava
found our ‘nzolivers’ website very helpful to
her research and wanted to share the Vodien
site as a very good addition to our resources
has been written by genealogy researcher in
the USA called Rachel. Titled, “The Ultimate
Beginner’s Guide to Genealogy”, she alerted us
to her guide in May 2018. Rachel explains the
difference between genealogy and family
history and includes how to organise your
findings, which records to examine first, how
to conduct oral histories, and DNA testing
with explanations of autosomal DNA,
Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), and Y-DNA testing.
A very helpful resource.
New Zealand Search Engines
Google Inc. is a
multinational public cloud computing, Internet
search, and advertising technologies
corporation. As of June 2010 it held the
dominant market position of 84.80% according to
Net Applications, a web analytics company.
Initial results include all of the web and this
can then be narrowed down to, "Pages from New
Zealand", by clicking on a link on the left-hand
pane. Access to an excellent search of images is
possible on a menu at the top of the page.
Yahoo! is great for
searching names of NZ persons, Yahoo! is a web
search engine, owned by Yahoo! Inc. and as of
June 2010 Yahoo was, the 2nd largest search
engine on the web by query volume, at 6.19%,
after its competitor Google at 84.80%. A simple
page allowing text to be entered. On the results
page can refine by selecting NZ only searches.
The full web portal version that includes News,
sport and weather can be found here.
Bing is a relatively new
web search engine from Microsoft that was
launched in June 2009 and features the option
for NZ only searches. As of June 2010, Bing was
the third largest search engine on the web by
query volume, at 3.24%, after its competitor
Google at 84.80% and Yahoo at 6.19%, according
to Net Applications, a web analytics company.
Results are displayed in the centre. The left
side navigation pane shows related searches and
prior searches, while the right side features an
extended preview which shows description from
the page itself.
Hamology is a website
promoting two eBooks written by Brian Oliver: "Hamology
- amateur radio... the course", and "Hamology
- amateur radio... the answers".
Based on actual classes
taught by Brian, the course book was
originally published in print. Brian has
updated the content throughout, and is
available in electronic form. The book covers
a wealth of easy-to-follow electrical,
electronic, and radio theory, along with
hundreds of diagrams.
The second book contains the answers to test
questions found in the course book. These two
books together, form a powerful learning tool
for students, especially those studying for
their amateur, or 'ham', radio licence!