Introduction To Whakapapa

Whakapapa starts at the dawn of time and weaves it’s way throughout the centuries and generations. Whakapapa is continuous and eternal, coming from the past, appearing in the present and disappearing into the future. Whakapapa binds us together, gives us our connections to the land, establishes our identity to the

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How Lists Work

Lists are an important tool when researching whakapapa. Many genealogists keep a track of where they find information when they are doing research and these turn into lists, that are often shared around to help others in their research. For example, someone may be reading a book and come across

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Maori Naming Conventions

When searching for whakapapa you need to be aware that there are three different types of Maori naming conventions, depending on the year the person was born. You need to understand this to be able to find people who could be known by alot of different names. Here is an

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Where To Start

Within whanau (families) there will be the people who hold the whakapapa, who nurture and cherish the whakapapa and who have the korero (stories) that go with the whakapapa. These people will not necessarily hand you your whakapapa to you on a plate. You need to prove first to the

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Whakapapa Relationships

Through whakapapa, relationships are established in line with Maori rules. Whanau today translates as family, and is often refered to in Pakeha as extended family, but the whanau is more wider than the extended family. Whanau encompasses not only your: – grandparents – parents and their siblings – your brothers

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Finding Information Online

Here are the main places to start looking for whakapapa as well as information as to what kind of records each place holds. Births, Deaths, Marriages Only marriages between Maori and Pakeha were required to be officially registered prior to 1911. The Maori Register of Marriages recorded marriages between 1911-1954.

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Whakapapa Search on Google and FamilySearch

To get good whakapapa search results from Google you need to know how to do an advanced search else you will get alot of results that are not related to what you are looking for. We have designed a whakapapa search form that will create the advanced search for you

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Whakapapa Research – Maori Land Court Minutes

The historical Maori Land Court Minutes (MLCM) (since 1865) hold a wealth of information but can be daunting if you have not used these to research whakapapa before.  The Maori Land Courts were established basically to get rid of hapu / iwi owned land and to put the land into

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How To Research Using the Maori Land Court Minutes – Part II

This is the the second part in our series How To Research Using the Maori Land Court Minutes (MLCM) and explains the process of finding information in the MLCM. Make sure you are prepared before you spend time looking through the MLCM by following the How To Research Using the Maori Land Court

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