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Register of New Zealand Presbyterian Marriages 1848 to 1935 :

Introduction :

This register contains links to New Zealand Presbyterian Marriage records up to 1935. If the marriage you are looking for is likely to have been in the Otago/Southland area, please refer to our Otago & Southland Marriage index.

Please note that many of our indexes currently finish in 1920. Our indexing project is ongoing and we will be extending both the date range for existing parishes as well as indexing registers of parishes as they arrive into the archive collection.

If the marriage you are looking for is later than the range indexed on the database or is from a Presbyterian parish not listed below, please contact us and we can search our indexes and collections for you.

Information Recorded on the Original Certificates :

Click Here to see examples of information recorded on pre 1880 and post 1880 marriage certificates. 

Ordering Copies of Certificates :

Please contact us to order a certificate, citing the names/date/parish.

The cost per certificate, sent via email, is $20.00. We are happy to discuss costs if you would prefer a photocopy of the certificate to be posted to you.

Due to the very fragile nature of some early registers, including faded handwriting, it may be necessary in some cases to provide a full typed transcript instead of a copy of the original certificate.

Search This Database :

If you know the parish the marriage took place in please click on the parish link below to manually search the entries or enter one of the surnames you are looking for into our search engine. The search engine will only display results for marriages within this database.  

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Format of Marriage Entries (Unless otherwise stated) : Full Name of Individual / Age (if known) / Name of Spouse / Date of Marriage / Parish Code & Marriage Register Number. 

Northland Presbytery :

North Shore Presbytery : Auckland Presbytery :

*(St James Auckland Marriage Registers and index held by Central City Library, Auckland Public Library, PO Box 4138, Auckland 1010)

South Auckland Presbytery :

Waikato Presbytery :

Bay of Plenty Presbytery :

Hawkes Bay Presbytery :

Wanganui Presbytery:

Wellington Presbytery :

Nelson - Marlborough Presbytery :

Westland Presbytery :

Christchurch Presbytery :

Ashburton Presbytery : Otago / Southland Presbytery : (1848 to 1920)

We sincerely thank the following individuals for their long and arduous work in transcribing and checking entries from the original marriage registers: 

  • Eleanor Leckie
  • Gifford Brown
  • Shirley Hay
  • Susan Guthrie

As all entries may not have been thoroughly checked and in some cases the original hand writing has been difficult to decipher, these rolls may contain occasional errors. Please notify us should you note any such errors. Should spelling differ from that on the actual certificate we will enter both spellings on this database.


Mrs Jessie Ings

Mrs Jessie Ings in her wedding dress, taken by "Pattillo" studio, Dunedin, 1905. The wife of our pioneer Medical Missionary to China, Dr Joseph Ings, Jessie became a widow just over a year later. A trained Nurse and dedicated to the Christian cause, Jessie continued to serve for many years in the medical mission field in China.


Latest Additions :

Papanui Parish Christchurch
26 May 2012




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