DISTRICT FAMILY HISTORY GROUP INCORPORATED
Charity Number CC33396
Your first point of call in researching your Family History in
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
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
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.
the group has grown, it has acquired many resources to help with the search of
Genealogy and Family History.
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 social history.
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
have Cemetery Tour booklets for sale Cemetery
Tour Booklets Order Form
2012-2013 sub is $30 single, and $40 for 2 people within a
We have a Members
Newsletter which goes out six times a year.
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do not have to be a member of our Branch to visit our library, but non-members are
charged $5 to use our facilities and
postal research is $10 per hour.
School Records Officer will answer queries at the cost of $10 for up to 10
names per request.
we do not have mail facilities at 254 Cameron Street, all enquiries should be
sent to the above email address.
Library is now in Room 36, upstairs in the old Polytech Building, 254 Cameron
street map, click on link below:
opening hours:: Every
Wednesday from 10.00 am. to 4.00 pm.
Every Saturday, 10.00 am to noon
2nd and 4th Friday,
1.00pm to 4.00pm
Except Public Holidays
Other times by prior arrangement