Genealogy Research

The New Plymouth branch has compiled a significant quantity of historical information to assist with genealogy research. This includes data from the New Plymouth and Taranaki area. The branch library also includes records of use to members, such as UK census and business directories.

A research service is available for a donation. Just send an email to, or contact our research officer.

Cemetery Transcriptions

Volunteers from our branch have transcribed and photographed many of the cemeteries in our area. Some of these are now available on the cemeteries webpage.

Photos are available for most headstones, for a donation. Please send an email to, quoting the cemetery and the photo reference number. Any donations we receive are used to cover operating expenses of our branch. Thank you for your support.

Taranaki Biographical Index

The TBI is an index of published and transcribed material on the history of the New Plymouth and Taranaki area. This is available for reference at the branch rooms. A look up service is available for a donation. Just contact our research officer, or send an email to

Data Pack Sales

Data packs of research material compiled by the branch are available for purchase. These cover a shipping index, birth, death and marriage records, and land records.

LINZ: Linz Information New Zealand

The LINZ project indexes records from the Deeds system of land transfer, that were held at the New Plymouth LINZ office prior to its closure in 2001. Many of these documents are now available online at Archives New Zealand.

Library Catalogue

The New Plymouth Branch library catalogue has been made available as a downloadable PDF file, primarily for branch members' use. This catalogue is sorted into alphabetical order of book title within the various major subject areas used in the library. Using the Find facility of the Adobe Acrobat reader program can also assist you to quickly find the publications or topic that you are looking for.

Remember that more detail is available about each publication from the library program on the computer at the branch rooms. Please note that not all of the publications are available for loan to members.

Microfiche Catalogue

A catalogue of genealogy research microfiche held by the New Plymouth Branch library is available as a downloadable PDF file.

Other Material

Check these links for further material for your Taranaki research.

  • Te Ara - the encyclopedia of New Zealand
  • Puke Ariki - the Taranaki museum / library (although much of the Puke Ariki material is not available on line)
  • Genealogy links - our branch page of popular links