Frequently Asked Questions :

1) Am I able to visit the Archives Research Centre in person?

Answer : Yes, however please email or telephone us prior to calling. You can find contact information and details of how to find us here.

2) Am I charged for Research?

Answer : Yes, we charge for research we carry out on your behalf or a charge if you prefer to visit us and undertake your own research. Our charges may be viewed here.

3) Why do you have Research and Copying charges?

Answer : We are a private archive and fees offset the costs of providing research services and facilities including the considerable costs of cataloguing and looking after the records themselves. It would be unfair to expect the Presbyterian Church to fully subsidise this cost.

4) What are your Charges?

Answer : Our standard charges may be viewed here. We can usually give an estimate or quote before we carry out any research for you.

5) What Geneological records do you hold?

Answer : We hold Parish records for most of Otago and Southland, Auckland and North Auckland, much of Westland, and Christchurch Parish records are in the process of being transferred into our care. A list of location of parish records and contact details may be found here. If in doubt please contact us.

6) Do you hold Death and Burial records?

Answer : The Presbyterian Church never kept death or burial records. In very rare circumstances a Minister's funeral register may remain but this is definitely the exception rather than the rule. If a Communuion Roll were kept this may record the date of death and if the person concerned were an office-bearer there should be a memorial minute in the relevant parish or committee minute book.

7) Do you hold Orphanage Records?

Answer : Surviving Orphanage records for the Otago district (only) are in the process of being transferred to the Archive Research Centre. To ascertain if Orphanage records exist for other areas in New Zealand please contact the relevant Presbyterian Support Office. Please be aware that Presbyterian Support is an autonomous organisation and that many records are believed to have been lost over the years.


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