New Zealand, Immigration Passenger Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Record Description ==
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== Record Description ==
  
 
These lists cover the period from 1855 to 1973.  
 
These lists cover the period from 1855 to 1973.  
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In 1874 thousands of assisted immigrants arrived in New Zealand, forming the greatest level of migration ever. Almost half of the new immigrants came with government assistance. Three-quarters of these sailed directly from the United Kingdom. Because of economic difficulties in the later 19th century, assistance was finally terminated.  
 
In 1874 thousands of assisted immigrants arrived in New Zealand, forming the greatest level of migration ever. Almost half of the new immigrants came with government assistance. Three-quarters of these sailed directly from the United Kingdom. Because of economic difficulties in the later 19th century, assistance was finally terminated.  
  
In 1891 New Zealand received the last small group of assisted migrants. However, assisted migration was restored in 1904 when the country's economy returned to prosperity, making it once more an attractive country to new immigrants. During the early 20th century one-third of the immigrants came from Australia and two-thirds from the United Kingdom.
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In 1891 New Zealand received the last small group of assisted migrants. However, assisted migration was restored in 1904 when the country's economy returned to prosperity, making it once more an attractive country to new immigrants. During the early 20th century one-third of the immigrants came from Australia and two-thirds from the United Kingdom.  
  
 
At the port of embarkation, all passengers were listed in a book. At the port of destination, this registry was verified and kept by the authorities of the destination country. These registers were later used for immigration and population statistics.  
 
At the port of embarkation, all passengers were listed in a book. At the port of destination, this registry was verified and kept by the authorities of the destination country. These registers were later used for immigration and population statistics.  
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== Record Content ==
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== Record Content ==
  
 
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*Port of destination and date of arrival
 
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== How to Use the Records ==
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== How to Use the Records ==
  
 
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.  
 
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.  
  
=== Search the Collection ===
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=== Search the Collection ===
  
'''To search by index:'''<br>
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'''To search by index:'''<br> Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.  
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.  
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'''To search by image:'''<br>
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'''To search by image:'''<br> To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒Select the "…" category<br> ⇒Select the “…" category which takes you to the images<br>  
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br>
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⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br>
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⇒Select the "…" category<br>
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⇒Select the “…" category which takes you to the images<br>
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Look at the images one by one, comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.  
 
Look at the images one by one, comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.  
  
'''When searching:'''<br>
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'''When searching:'''<br> As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor's given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence, age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.  
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor's given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence, age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
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=== Tips to Keep in Mind ===
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=== Tips to Keep in Mind ===
  
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
*Check for variant spellings of the names.
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*Check for variant spellings of the names.  
*Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community.
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*Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community.  
*Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents and other relatives who may have been traveling at the same time.
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*Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents and other relatives who may have been traveling at the same time.  
 
*Settlers often resided in an area close to the port city where they landed in New Zealand.  
 
*Settlers often resided in an area close to the port city where they landed in New Zealand.  
 
*Use the age to calculate an approximate birth year. To calculate a birth year, use the arrival year and subtract the age on the record to bring up an approximate birth year.  
 
*Use the age to calculate an approximate birth year. To calculate a birth year, use the arrival year and subtract the age on the record to bring up an approximate birth year.  
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== Known Issues with This Collection ==
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== Known Issues with This Collection ==
  
 
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[New Zealand, Immigration Passenger Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
 
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[New Zealand, Immigration Passenger Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
  
== Related Websites ==
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== Related Websites ==
  
 
*[http://christchurchcitylibraries.com/resources/History/FamilyHistory/NewZealand/ShippingLists/index.asp New Zealand Shipping Lists]  
 
*[http://christchurchcitylibraries.com/resources/History/FamilyHistory/NewZealand/ShippingLists/index.asp New Zealand Shipping Lists]  
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*[http://www.ngaiopress.com/drhocken.htm Passenger arrivals at Port Chalmers, New Zealand, March 1848 - January 1851]
 
*[http://www.ngaiopress.com/drhocken.htm Passenger arrivals at Port Chalmers, New Zealand, March 1848 - January 1851]
  
== Related Wiki Articles ==
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== Related Wiki Articles ==
  
*[[New Zealand Emigration and Immigration]]
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*[[New Zealand Emigration and Immigration]]  
*[[New Zealand History]]
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*[[New Zealand History]]  
 
*[[New Zealand]]  
 
*[[New Zealand]]  
*[[New Zealand, Auckland, Albertland Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[New Zealand, Auckland, Albertland Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[New Zealand Vital Records Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[New Zealand Vital Records Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
== Contributions to This Article ==
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== Citations for This Collection ==
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information (often called [[Transfer_the_Information#Cite_Your_Sources|citing your sources]]). This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information (often called [[Transfer the Information#Cite_Your_Sources|citing your sources]]). This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.  
  
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Revision as of 16:44, 18 August 2014

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Record Description

These lists cover the period from 1855 to 1973.

The records are written or printed on prepared forms, tabular format, in bound volumes. Most registers are legible; however, some are faded or have some bleed-through, and so are a bit difficult to read.

Many people immigrated to New Zealand to form colonies and settle for a better life. From the 1840s until the 1970s, Britain was the main source for immigrants, and all ships carrying passengers in or out of any British port were required by law to present their passenger lists to the relevant port authorities. Other immigrants came from Western Europe, Polynesia, and Asia. Prior to 1900 there were various classes of immigrants, with the largest groups being the assisted immigrants and paying passengers.

New Zealand became multicultural due to the number of immigrations coming from other countries. Beginning in 1871 the New Zealand Government began to offer assisted passages to selected immigrants and others nominated by relatives. The migration of the 1870s was the most significant in New Zealand history.

In 1874 thousands of assisted immigrants arrived in New Zealand, forming the greatest level of migration ever. Almost half of the new immigrants came with government assistance. Three-quarters of these sailed directly from the United Kingdom. Because of economic difficulties in the later 19th century, assistance was finally terminated.

In 1891 New Zealand received the last small group of assisted migrants. However, assisted migration was restored in 1904 when the country's economy returned to prosperity, making it once more an attractive country to new immigrants. During the early 20th century one-third of the immigrants came from Australia and two-thirds from the United Kingdom.

At the port of embarkation, all passengers were listed in a book. At the port of destination, this registry was verified and kept by the authorities of the destination country. These registers were later used for immigration and population statistics.

A form of identification was required to embark on the ship, so the records should be accurate. However, since they were generally handwritten by an officer, there may be some errors.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for New Zealand, Immigration Passenger Lists, 1855-1973.

Record Content

Passenger lists may contain the following information:

  • Full name of each passenger
  • Adult or child
  • Male or female
  • Country of emigration
  • Place where ship landed when immigrated
  • Estimated age
  • Occupation
  • Total cost of passage and how paid
  • Name of ship and port of embarkation
  • Port of destination and date of arrival

How to Use the Records

As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

Search the Collection

To search by index:
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

To search by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the "…" category
⇒Select the “…" category which takes you to the images

Look at the images one by one, comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

When searching:
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor's given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence, age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Check for variant spellings of the names.
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community.
  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents and other relatives who may have been traveling at the same time.
  • Settlers often resided in an area close to the port city where they landed in New Zealand.
  • Use the age to calculate an approximate birth year. To calculate a birth year, use the arrival year and subtract the age on the record to bring up an approximate birth year.
  • If your ancestor was married, and the image lists the name of the spouse, search for a marriage record for the couple.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

The amount of information found in the registers depends on the type of immigrant—the assisted immigration registers are the most common and tend to have more information. Also, it is estimated that the majority of the British immigrants after arrival settled in the provinces of Auckland, Taranaki, Hawke’s Bay, Wellington, Nelson, Marlborough, Canterbury, and Westland. See the Related Wiki Articles section of this article for more collections that may be helpful in your research.

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Known Issues with This Collection

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See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

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Citations for This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information (often called citing your sources). This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection citation

" New Zealand, Immigration Passenger Lists, 1855-1973." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2014. Citing New Zealand Company. National Archives, Wellington.

Record citation

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for New Zealand, Immigration Passenger Lists, 1855-1973.

Image citation

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for New Zealand, Immigration Passenger Lists, 1855-1973.