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NZ passenger lists on FamilySearch-indexes and imag

Postby MaureenE » Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:23 am

There is a set of images on Familysearch, viewable on your home computer, called
"New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, passenger lists, 1839-1973"
The catalogue link is
This consists of three collections
New Zealand, emigration registers, 1839-1850 / New Zealand Company
New Zealand, passenger lists, 1883-1973 / New Zealand. Department of Social Security
New Zealand, passenger lists, Canterbury provincial assisted immigrants, 1840-1880s / New Zealand Company

Click through to the Search, and then click through to the
FamilySearch Wiki article,_Immigration_Passenger_Lists_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)

The images come from the National Archives of New Zealand, and the names have been indexed by volunteers, so you can search by name. However I'm not sure how easy it is to locate the image relating to a particular search result

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Re: NZ passenger lists on FamilySearch-indexes and imag

Postby AdrianB38 » Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:15 pm

Thanks for that Maureen.

I just tried one of my odd names that I know has a New Zealand connection (Pleass, to be precise). The search form gave me one example that reads:
Name J J Pleass
Event Type Immigration
Event Date 20 Mar 1939
Event Place Vancouver, New Zealand
Age 32
Birth Year (Estimated) 1907
Ship Name Niagara
Departure Port Sydney
Arrival Port Vancouver (other ports also listed)
Arrival Place Sydney

(This one went straight to the right image by the way). I didn't realise (see Event Place) that NZ has a Vancouver as well. Well, of course, it doesn't. :( The "Arrival Port" entry tells a better story when it says "Vancouver (other ports also listed)" - the ship was from Sydney, calling at Auckland, for Suva, Honolulu, Victoria and Vancouver. It arrived in Auckland on 20 March and JJ Pleass got off there (well, I presume he got off as it says "Destined to Auckland".) There appears to be some attempt at fitting a quart (5 real destinations) into the pint pot of only one index destination. And choosing an illogical answer.

So - as always - look at your original and understand it by going back and forth, because the index might be a bit dodgy.
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