The Federation of Family History Societies has published the Australasian Really Useful Information Leaflet (pdf, 3 MB) which has a list of useful websites and a good starting guide.
For school admission research enquiries, contact Mrs Rae Wilson via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via post to Canterbury Genealogy, P O Box 38064, Parklands, Christchurch 8842. Before you request a look-up we need some idea of where the family was living (electoral rolls or Wise’s Directories) and also the father/mother’s name, especially if a common surname. There is a 100 year closure on release of the records unless you can provide proof of death, so the child’s date of birth needs to be at least 100 years ago. Donations for this service can be deposited into our bank account 03-1592-0069021-00. Please put your surname in the Particulars, and Donation or Research as a reference.
Burials and BDM
Christchurch City Council cemetery burial records are available online at http://heritage.christchurchcitylibraries.com/Cemeteries.
The Canterbury Genealogy Library holds headstone transcripts of many Canterbury cemeteries, and transcripts of Baptism, Marriage and Burials from local Parish Registers.
Canterbury Genealogy has a Members Interest database which can be accessed on any of the computers in our Computer Room. If you are a Canterbury Genealogy member and would like to add your details to this database, you can download a Members Interest Form. You can print the form and return it to us at a meeting/library day, or mail to Members Interests, Canterbury Genealogy, P O Box 38064, Parklands, Christchurch 8842, or scan it and email to email@example.com. Alternatively you can fill out the PDF on your computer, save it and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are happy to assist non members with genealogical research. For research enquiries that take less than half an hour we ask for a donation. Research over half an hour will be charged at $20 per hour. We will contact you with a time/cost estimate before going any further. Enquiries to email@example.com or by mail to Research Officer, Canterbury Genealogy, P O Box 38064, Parklands, Christchurch 8842. Research donations/payments can be made at a meeting or library day or deposited into our bank account: 03-1592-0069021-00. Please put your surname in the Particulars, and Donation or Research as a reference. The Westpac SWIFT/BIC code for overseas transactions is WPACNZ2W.