​​​If you are interested in researching your family history or whakapapa, many resources are available for you at our district libraries.

As well as relevant books, online resources and microfiche the Lake Taupo Branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists operates at the Taupo Library offering voluntary assistance at set times.

​Geneal​ogy resources online

Access to over 910 million searchable history records. You can only access for free in the library.

NZ Electoral Rolls 1853 – 1981 - Free access is only available in the library.

NZ, Maori Voter and Electoral Rolls 1908 and 1919 - Free access is only available in the library.

Genealogy links

The New Zealand Society of Genealogists.

Taupo District cemeteries database

The database holds records for Taupo, Mangakino and Turangi cemeteries.

​Lake Taupo branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists


Lake Taupo branch meetings are being held at the Taupo Library in the "Hone Tuwhare" room on the following dates:

Saturday August 25, 1pm to 3pm 
Saturday September 29, 1pm to 3pm 

Saturday August 25, 1pm to 3pm 

The Lake Taupo Genealogy Branch is delighted to announce that author Peter Wells has accepted an invitation to be the guest speaker at their Family History Month event on Saturday 25 August. The subject will be “family history – telling a story” based on Peter Wells’ recent book “Dear Oliver: Uncovering a Pakeha History”.

Peter Wells brilliantly combines past, present and future using letters, photographs, and memorabilia.  He tells how his pioneer Pakeha family of Hawkes Bay experienced military service in the New Zealand land wars, the Boer War, the depression of the 1920s, and the Napier earthquake, and more.  In uncovering the Pakeha history of his pioneer ancestors he also shares sensitive truths about his immediate family to the present day and leaves a legacy for the future generation. David Hill, Weekend Herald, wrote “You don’t just read this memoir; you feel it”

Peter Wells is a writer of fiction and nonfiction, and a writer/director in film. His fiction looks at a world of secrets, identity, subterfuge and illusion, frequently using the lens of a gay narrator. His first book, Dangerous Desires, won the Reed Fiction Award, the NZ Book Award, and PEN Best New Book in Prose in 1992. His memoir won the 2002 Montana NZ Book Award for Biography, and he has won many awards for his work as a film director. He is co-founder of the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival. In 2006, Wells was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature and film.

Peter Wells presentation will be held on Saturday 25th August 1pm upstairs in the Taupo Library. Paper Plus are supporting this event and the book "Dear Oliver: Uncovering a Pakeha History" will be available for sale.   

Assistance available

Branch volunteers are on duty at the Taupo Library every Thursday from 9am to 1pm. 


In addition to the genealogy resources in the Library, Lake Taupo Genealogy have additional resources including databases, CDs and magazines. A collection of Lake Taupo genealogy books are available for loan.

Contact details

For information about the Taupo or Turangi Society of Genealogists contact:

Joan Shepherd
Phone 07 378 2949 or
Sue Howard
Phone 07 377 0026

Gen​ealogy resources in your Library


The microfiche is available on a key system any time the library is open.
Microfiche includes:
  • New Zealand births, death, marriages and cemeteries
  • Scotland and other international genealogical index
  • NZ biographical dictionary
  • Locality catalogue


Genealogy titles are:
  • Family Tree Magazine
  • Practical Family History
  • The New Zealand Genealogist
  • New Zealand Memories

Genealogy books

Books on genealogy can be found in the:
  • Adult non-fiction collection
  • NZSG lending collection
  • Family history reference collection
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