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Register of Otago & Southland Marriages 1848 to 1920

51,708 Marriage records on this Database

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Introduction :

This register includes all known Presbyterian Marriages for the southern New Zealand provinces of Otago & Southland from 1848 to 1920 but excluding First Church Invercargill which are indexed in a non-standard database. The information on this marriages database may be freely used but only for non-commercial purposes. While we hold a computer database of post 1920 Otago & Southland marriages it is not our intention at this stage to place these details on our web site. We are however happy to perform a search of this database upon request.

This database is divided into Parish order and may be searched in that order but we strongly recommend using our own site search engine further down this page.

Information Recorded on the Original Certificates :

Click Here to see examples of information recorded on pre 1880 and post 1880 marriage certificates. 

Ordering Copies of Certificates : 

  • New Zealand Residents : Copies of cerificates cost NZD $17.50 each plus .60 cents postage / one Kiwi stamp per order within New Zealand (or include a standard sized stamped addressed envelope). Payment may be made by direct credit to our bank account (refer "On-Line Banking") or by secure credit card payment (refer "Credit Card Payments" below) or by cheque made out to "The Historical Records Committee" and mailed to the address below.
  • Australian Residents Only : Copies of certificates cost NZD $17.50 each plus NZD $1.90 air postage per order. Payment may immediately be made by secure credit card payment (details appear below) or by personal cheque or bank draft in Australian currency (if paying by cheque please email us first for amount required at current exchange rates).
  • All Other Countries : Copies of certificates cost NZD $17.50 each plus NZD $2.40 air postage per order. Payment may immediately be made by secure credit card payment (refer "Credit Card payments" below).

Please Note :

  • NZ Government Goods & Services Tax : All amounts quoted above include Goods & Services Tax [GST] of 15%
  • Certificates Still Held by Parishes or Museums : Where registers are still held by the Parish or local museum this will be specifically noted on the relevant web page. In such cases full payment, including the relevant postage charge, should only be made out to and sent to the Parish or Museum indicated. Please click Here for a list of contact names and addresses. If in doubt please contact us first.

Payment Options :

  • Payments by Cheque (NZ Residents Only) : Only where it does not indicate on the rolls that the certificate(s) are held elsewhere, payment should be made out to the "The Historical Records Committee" and posted to :

The Research Archivist 
Archives Research Centre
Knox College
Arden Street
Opoho
Dunedin 9010
New Zealand

  • On-Line Banking (NZ Residents or those holding a NZ Bank Account) :

    At no additional cost you may credit our bank account with the required amount. Payments also need to be confirmed by Email to : pcanzarchives@knoxcollege.ac.nz :

    • Bank : Bank of New Zealand
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    • Bank Branch (if required) : University of Otago
    • Account No : 02 0929 0123229 00
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***Important - Please Read before Ordering***

We will endeavour to send you a photocopy of the original marriage certificate except where :

  • We only hold transcriptions of the entries.
  • The original register is damaged or too fragile to handle.
  • The original certificate itself is in fact a transcription.
  • The entry is too faded to satisfactorily photocopy.
  • Should you forward payment to us and we only hold a transcription we will then automatically assume (without further notice) that you only require a full transcription.
  • In all the above cases a full transcription only will be supplied.
  • Due to the amount of work involved in casual enquiries we regret that we are unable to supply any additional information from certificates without payment of either the standard charge (as below) to obtain a copy of the actual certificate or payment of a research fee (minimum NZ$22.50).

Requesting Family Research :

Please read our Research Page prior to submitting your enquiry. We regret that due to the amount of work involved in casual enquiries we are unable to supply any additional information from certificates or rolls without payment of either the standard charge to obtain a copy or transcript of the actual entry or payment of our minimum research fee.

Note on Missing Records : 

An asterisk * after the Parish Code denotes known missing or damaged registers - refer to "Lost Archives" for additional information. You may still apply for a copy of any missing certificate from the Registrar of Births, Deaths & Marriages (currently NZ$26.50 for a copy of the original document). 

Search This Database :

Please click on Parish links below to manually search the entries or enter your surname request into our on-site search engine. The search engine will only display results for Otago & Southland Presbyterian Marriages listed below.  


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Format of Marriage Entries (Unless otherwise stated) : Full Name of Individual / Age (if known) / Name of Spouse / Date of Marriage / Parish Code & Marriage Register Number. 

Parish Code  Parish Name  Register Dates 
North Otago Presbytery :    
18/- Columba Church (Oamaru)  1882 to 1920
18/2 Dunback-Macraes 1886 to 1920 
18/- Duntroon Parish 1882 to 1920*
18/- Hampden Parish  1872 to 1920 
18/- Kakanui Parish   (no known marriages prior to 1908) 1869 to 1920
18/- Kurow Parish 1899 to 1920
18/- Lower Waitaki Parish 1875 to 1920
18/- Maheno Parish (Incholme) 1903 to 1920
18/- Otepopo Parish (Herbert) (see Port Chalmers for 1881 marriages) 1867 to 1920*
18/1 Palmerston Parish 1873 to 1920 
18/- St Paul's Church (Oamaru)  (marriages Dec 1863 to May 1968 located in Popotunoa registers) 1869 to 1920 
18/- Waiareka Parish  (Weston/Totara) 1879 to 1920 
Dunedin Presbytery :     
19/0 Dunedin Presbytery (Ministers personal registers)  1880 to 1920 
19/1 First Church of Otago, Dunedin  1848 to 1920 
19/2 Anderson's Bay Parish  1863 to 1920 
19/3 Caversham Parish  1875 to 1920 
19/4 Chalmers Church 1889 to 1920 
19/5 St Stephen's Parish (North Dunedin) 1880 to 1920 
19/6 St Andrew's Parish 1863 to 1920 
19/7 St James' Parish (South Dunedin) 1879 to 1920 
19/8 St Clair Parish  1911 to 1920 
19/9 Green Island Parish  1865 to 1920 
19/10 Kaikorai Parish 1869 to 1920 
19/11  Maori Hill Parish  1907 to 1920 
19/12 West Taieri Parish (marriages Sept 1861 to Jun 1863 located in Tapanui registers) 1865 to 1920 
19/13 Musselburgh-Tainui Parish  1905 to 1920 
19/14 St David's Parish (North East Valley)  1884 to 1920 
19/15 Otago Peninsula (registers 1881 to 1890 & 1904 to 1910 missing)   1868 to 1920 * 
19/16 Port Chalmers Parish 1858 to 1920 
19/17 Roslyn Parish 1901 to 1920 
19/19 Strath Taieri Parish 1890 to 1920 
19/20 Waikouaiti Parish  1886 to 1919 
19/21 Blueskin & Merton Parish (Waitati) 1876 to 1920 
19/23 Mosgiel Parish 1886 to 1920 
19/22 East Taieri Parish 1854 to 1920* 
19/24 North Taieri Parish  1875 to 1919 
19/26 Seacliff-Warrington Parish (No marriages until 1927) 1915 to 1920
19/33 Ravensbourne-St Leonard's Parish 1880 to 1920
19/35 Knox Church, Dunedin  1860 to 1920 
19/39 Mornington Parish 1882 to 1920 
19/43 Brighton Parish 1905 to 1920
19/54 South Taieri Parish  1900 to 1920 
Central Otago Presbytery : 

(The names of many places within this Parish have changed over the years, click HERE for a list)

 
23/1 Cromwell Parish 1863 to 1920 
23/2 Alexandra-Clyde Parish  1868 to 1920 
23/3 Lauder Parish  1885 to 1920 
23/4 Queenstown Parish  1869 to 1920 
23/6 Teviot Parish (Roxburgh) 1868 to 1920 
23/7 Upper Clutha Parish (Wanaka)  1881 to 1920 
23/8 Arrowtown Parish  1901 to 1920
23/9 Patearoa-Waipiata (Hamilton's) Parish 1905 to 1920
23/12 Mt Ida Parish 1871 to 1920
23/13 Ida Valley Parish 1905 to 1920
Clutha Presbytery :     
20/1 St Andrew's, Balclutha 1872 to 1920 
20/2 Beaumont Parish 1911 to 1918 
20/3 Lawrence Parish  1873 to 1920 
20/4 Waitahuna Parish 1875 to 1920 
20/5 Kaitangata Parish (all registers burnt) *
20/6 Inchclutha-Stirling Parish  1864 to 1920 
20/7 Lovell's Flat Parish 1897 to 1920 
20/9 South Molyneux Home Mission Station  1912 to 1920 
20/11  Clutha Parish (no registers 1862 to 1879 & 1900 to 1910) *1854 to 1900 
20/12 Warepa-Kaihiku Parish  1866 to 1908
20/13 Clutha-Warepa Parish 1911 to 1920 
20/14 Waiwera - Clydevale Parish 1905 to 1913 
20/15 Waiwera-Kaihiku Parish  1914 to 1918 
20/16 Tokomairiro Parish (Milton)  1860 to 1920 
20/17 Waihola Parish 1862 to 1920 
20/18 Milburn Parish  1903 to 1918 
20/21  Clydevale Home Mission Station  1911 to 1920 
20/22 Tuapeka West Home Mission Station 1907 to 1919
20/25 Popotunoa Parish (Clinton) 1863 to 1920 
20/27 Owaka Parish 1884 to 1920 
20/28  Catlin's (Ratanui) Home Mission Station 1899 to 1920 
20/30 Papatowai Home Mission Station (included in Catlins HM Station registers) 1914 to 1919
Mataura Presbytery :     
21/1 Edendale- Brydone Parish 1904 to 1920 
21/2 Crookston-Dunrobin Parish  1901 to 1919 
21/3 Kelso Parish 1888 to 1920 
21/4 Pukerau Parish 1887 to 1920 
21/5 Riversdale Parish  1894 to 1918 
21/6 Waikaia Parish (Switzers) 1880 to 1919
21/7 Tapanui Parish  (marriages Sept 1861 to Jun 1863 belong to West Taieri, Tapanui marriages commence Jun 1864) 1861 to 1920 
21/8 St Andrew's Parish, Gore  1884 to 1920
21/9 Knapdale Parish  1883 to 1920 
21/10 Waikaka Valley Parish (first register 1894 to Feb 1905 missing) 1905 to 1920* 
21/11 Waikaka Parish  1902 to 1920 
21/16 Balfour Parish  1909 to 1920 
21/20 Mataura Parish (registers 1874 to May 1903 missing) 1874 to 1920*
21/21 Wyndham Parish (Register for 1875-80 includes Upper Mataura, Fortrose, Edendale, Waikawa & Mokoreta) (registers Oct 1880 to July 1888 missing) 1875 to 1920*
21/23 Mokoreta-Redan-Wairekiki Home Mission Station (no known marriages 1915 to 1918) 1919 to 1920
  Brydone (Waimumu) Home Mission Station (no known marriage registers) 1907 to 1920
  Waikawa-Mokoreta Home Mission Station (no known marriage registers) 1895 to 1913
Southland Presbytery : 
****This Presbytery is still incomplete****
 
22/1 Bluff Parish  (all registers burnt) 1893 to 1920*
22/2 St Andrew's Parish, Invercargill  1909 to 1920 
22/3 St Stephen's Parish, Invercargill 1888 to 1920 
22/4 Limestone Plains Parish  1878 to 1919 
22/5 Oban Parish (Stewart Island / Rakiura) 1906 to 1920 
22/6 Otautau Parish  1892 to 1920 
22/8 ****** First Church, Invercargill (Entries currently indexed in a non-standard computer database format) c.1860 to 1920
22/10 Colac Home Mission Station 1899 to 1919
22/11 Fortrose Parish (Marriage Registers 1888 to 1941 missing - marriages 1875 to 1880 are listed under Wyndham) 1888 to 1920*
22/12 Dipton Parish    1894 to 1920 
22/13 Taringatura - Lumsden Parish 1885 to 1920
22/14 Knox Church, Invercargill 1904 to 1920
22/15 Riverton Parish (marriges 1873 to 1877 are listed under Anderson's Bay, Dunedin) 1864 to 1920* 
22/17 Nightcaps-Waiono Parish  1905 to 1920 
22/19 North Invercargill Parish 1914 to 1920
22/20 St Pauls Parish, Invercargill 1875 to 1920 
22/21 Tuatapere Home Mission Station 1899 to 1920
22/22  Wallacetown Parish 1866 to 1920
22/24 Centre Bush Parish 1914 to 1919 
22/27 Forest Hill Parish  (registers 1894 to 1913 burnt)   1914 to 1920* 
22/30 Hedgehope Parish 1914 to 1920 
22/35 Athol Parish  1912 to 1920 
22/41 Waianiwa-Waimatuku Parish  1903 to 1920
22/46 Woodlands (Longbush) Parish 1864 to 1920
22/49 Winton Parish  1873 to 1920 
22/52 Orawia Home Mission Station 1912 to 1918 
22/55 Oteramika Parish 1895 to 1920
22/54 Orepuki Parish 1899 to 1920
22/57 Waikawa Home Mission Station   1913 to 1915
22/58 Waikawa-Tokanui Home Mission Station (no marriages until 1937 ) 1916 to 1920
 

Credits :

We sincerely thank the following individuals for their long and arduous work in transcribing and checking entries from the original marriage registers : 

  • Eleanor Leckie
  • Janice Poskitt
  • Gifford Brown
  • Shirley Hay
  • Avis McDonald
  • Barbara Pullar
  • Oamaru Branch of NZ Society of Genealogists

Disclaimer :

As all entries may not have been thoroughly checked and in some cases the original hand writing has been difficult to decipher, these rolls may contain occasional errors. Please notify us should you note any such errors. Should spelling differ from that on the actual certificate we will enter both spellings on this database. Finally, before ordering any certificates, please read the important notes highlighted in red further up this page.

 

St Paul's Invercargill decorrated for a marriage, 1909

A tinted image showing St Paul's Presbyterian Church Invercargill decorated for the marriage of Norman Armour to Margaret McGruer, 24th November 1909.

 

 

 

 

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