Birth & Death Records

I cannot find my grand-dad’s birth showing up in the birth records. Help, please?

Points to bear in mind:

People of Athens welcoming 2nd NZEF 19 Battalion. New Zealand. Department of Internal Affairs. War History Branch :Photographs relating to World War 1914-1918, World War 1939-1945, occupation of Japan, Korean War, and Malayan Emergency. Ref: DA-14134. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22546382 “Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.”

People of Athens welcoming 2nd NZEF 19 Battalion. New Zealand. Department of Internal Affairs. War History Branch :Photographs relating to World War 1914-1918, World War 1939-1945, occupation of Japan, Korean War, and Malayan Emergency. Ref: DA-14134. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22546382
“Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.”

Unless the birth features elsewhere, such as on the Cenotaph site or on a Death Certificate, you will not be able to undertake a search until the 100th anniversary of your grand-dad’s birth has elapsed.

It goes without saying of course that you will not find it there in any event if he was born overseas. Another point to bear in mind is that not all births were registered. Look at reversing the Christian names or at entering a common adaptation of a given Christian name or a nickname.

Neither can I find details when I do a search of the death records.

The BDM site states that you can do a search when the death is at least 50 years old. Obviously, if your grand-dad died overseas his details will not appear on the register. You may find some record of his date of death on the Cenotaph records or on cemetery records (if he was buried or cremated here, or if his ashes were buried here).

 

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