FAMILY HISTORY GROUP INCORPORATED
Registered Charity Number CC33396
all enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chairperson: Michael Sheate
Secretary: Rita Wright
Treasurer: Shari Early
Research: L. Blackmoore:
Cemetery Project: M. Sheate
School Research: A. Cairns
Ashburton Art Gallery and
Your first point of call in researching your Family History
Art Gallery and Heritage Centre, 327 West Street,
Wednesday and Friday from 1.00 pm. to 4.00 pm.
Saturday, 10.00 am to 1.00pm
As we do not have mail facilities, all
enquiries should be sent to the above email address.
You do not have to be a member of our
Branch to visit our library, but non-members are charged $10 per hour to use
our facilities and postal research is chargeable on a case
by case on request .
Our School Records Officer will answer
queries at the cost of $10 for up to 10 names per request.
Our 2015-2016 sub
is $30 single, and $40 for 2 people within a household.
Research Request Form
School Request Form
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Who Are We
The Ashburton District Family History Group
was established by a small group in 1979, meeting in each others
homes until a public meeting in 1981 was called to form a group of like minded
people interested in Family History.
The first meetings were held in a class room
at St. Joseph’s School, then in Menorlue at the
Ashburton College before moving to a room above the Public Library.
When the Library needed the room for
expansion, a move was made to the Tekau Cafeteria,
upstairs in Elizabeth Street.
When we joined the New Zealand Society of
Genealogists Incorporated, we changed our name to Mid Canterbury Group of NZSG,
then to Mid Canterbury Branch of NZSG.
In November 2007, it was decided to change
our name to Ashburton District Family History Group and in January 2008, we
became an Incorporated Society and registered with the Charities Commission.
With the proposed demolition of the Tekau Building in 2008, it was again time to find another
home. In July 2008, we shifted to a
Council owned building in Cameron Street previously used by the Aoraki Polytech, while we waited
for the new Art Gallery and Heritage Centre to be built.
Our final shift in January 2015 to 327 West
Street in the Art Gallery and Heritage Centre, opening on 16th February 2015
As the group has grown, it has
acquired many resources to help with the search of Genealogy and Family History.
The main aims of our Branch are to
provide the resources for people to research their family and social history,
and to actively work towards the preservation of our District's records and its
Local transcribed records available in
our Library are: Baptism, Marriage and Burial records for most of our
District's Churches, School Admission Registers for our District's Schools and
Headstone and Burial records for the District's Cemeteries
We have Cemetery Tour booklets for sale Cemetery Tour Booklets Order Form
We have a Members Newsletter
which goes out six times a year.
2014 February-March April-May June-July August- September October-November December-January 2015