Identifying and locating people throughout New Zealand

Since 1991 New Zealand Genealogy has offered a professional “heir hunting” tracing service to executors, solicitors and others for identifying and locating unidentified, unknown or missing people:

  • heirs or estate beneficiaries
  • descendants of former owners of abandoned land
  • adoptees‘ birth families
  • long-lost relatives
  • old friends.

We can help. We know where to look. We have a wealth of knowledge and experience.

We are experts at analysing information. You may be surprised at how much can be achieved using just the smallest snippets of information.

Our knowledge of repositories throughout New Zealand and our own in-house archive ensure no stone goes unturned in our endeavours to discover the answers you are seeking.    Enquire now

About Us

Formerly New Zealand Genealogical Research Ltd, the company was founded by Elizabeth Parkes in 1991.

The company adheres to the codes of ethics of the two professional associations to which it belongs: the Association of Professional Genealogists www.apgen.org and the Australasian Association of Genealogists and Record Agents www.aagra.asn.au

The business was awarded two business excellence awards from the former Women in Self Employment organisation.

New Zealand Genealogy Ltd belongs to the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce and in 2000 was a finalist for the Chamber’s Business Innovation Award.

The company has amassed an archive of New Zealand-wide resource material.

Elizabeth K. Parkes,

Elizabeth is the sole active holder of the prestigious Diploma in Family History (Professional) awarded by the Genealogical Research Institute of New Zealand.

Her previous employment in various divisions of the New Zealand Department of Justice has provided invaluable insight and know–how indispensable for work as a professional genealogist.

Publishing articles, public speaking and appearing on television are three ways in which Elizabeth has shared her knowledge with others.

Elizabeth is the recipient of a Merit Award and a Certificate of Appreciation from the New Zealand Society of Genealogists.


Australasian Association of Genealogists & Record Agents Inc.

Association of Professional Genealogists


”Your Research Report is superb! I am in awe of the detective work set out therein.
J. Brimm, Sussex, UK

”Thank you very much for your contribution to a successful first tranche of Te Auraki. We have received a lot of positive feedback about your role in re-uniting families with their loved ones.
Group Captain Carl Nixon, New Zealand Defence Force

”Thank you for your reporting letter and for tracing Miss S. Your help has been greatly appreciated.
Gibson Sheat, Lawyers, Lower Hutt, NZ


Please provide all known information regarding the family or individual you wish to have investigated. In order to avoid confusion, surnames should be in capital letters.

Make clear the goal of the research.

Once the information is received and goal is known, a written quote will be provided.

Please tell me your

  • Name
  • Company or department’s name (if applicable)
  • Contact details: e-mail, telephone, postal address

You are welcome to call us on + 64 3 5489243 but everything is also required to be put in writing.

Email: info@genealogy.co.nz