Council archives

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The archives database contains descriptions of over 323,000 records that have been transferred from former local authorities within the Auckland region to Auckland Council Archives. The earliest records date from 1852.

Search the archives database online

Once you have identified the records you wish to view from the database, visit us to view the records. Provide us with the archives reference of the items you wish to view.

If you cannot find the information you need, contact us with your request and we will identify records that may assist with your enquiry.

Search and view our online maps

1908 City of Auckland map

The 1908 map is a significant and unique record of Auckland City's history and early infrastructure. The map portrays an exciting period in the city's development and documents the progress of a growing city. 

Images of the map can be accessed using the options below: 

Plans of Rangitoto Island recreation reserve 1937

The plans are survey maps of Rangitoto Island showing the position of buildings, tracks and roads. The survey maps were drawn for the Rangitoto Island Domain Board by John Webster, a registered surveyor, in 1937. Information from the 1937 and 1955 Rangitoto Island index of buildings and occupiers has been plotted against each numbered bach on the plans.

Search the index resources

An index is a selected archival record that has been partially or fully transcribed by our volunteers. These databases provide a wide range of information about past residents of Auckland and the history of our region.

You can do a single search across all of our index and World War I related databases by using a person’s name.

Each database is also searchable by a variety of terms such as name, location and date. Select a database below to search and learn more.

Burgess rolls

Cemetery and burial records

Property and rate books



Valuation rolls and lists

War Memorials

War records

See more on the general types of records that may be of use in your family history research.

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