Researcher Rules at FDCA
Some rules do apply when researching at FDCA.
* Visitors must wear gloves when handling records
* We have a pencil only rule - no pens are allowed for note taking
* The archive is a food and drink free area
* Large bags must be left in the holding area, away from research desks
Researchers have access to a PC which allows them to use key word searches of PastPerfect, our computerised database of records held. The researcher finds an item of interest, notes the storage location, and then with the assistance of a FDCA volunteer, either prints a copy of the scanned item or the original is retrieved for the archive for viewing.
NOTE: Not all records are available to researchers, depending on their physical condition, and progress with computer cataloguing.
FDCA is a community funded organisation, and to cover costs a number of research charges apply:
$3 per hr for time spent
accessing FDCA records
Where should you search for what?
Family Tree Info
Feilding Genealogy (Feilding Branch of New Zealand Society of Genealogists) has members available every Wednesday morning at the Heritage Room of Feilding Public Library to assist with family research. The national website has information of all branches.
Births, Deaths & Marriages Info
Commonly referred to as BDM – contact the New Zealand Society of Genealogists
Early Feilding Photographs
Feilding Public Library’s digitised photographic collection is still under development. The photograph collection and index card to the Feilding Star will soon be searchable separately
Early Feilding Residents
Who’s Who and Wikipedia have information on well-known public figures. Paper’s Past website lists newspaper cuttings concerning people.
District Council Records
Manawatu County Council was the original council established in 1876. It covered from Otaki to Rangiwahia initially. Other county councils were amalgamated into Manawatu District Council. Many historical records of these previous councils are held at Manawatu District Council.
Feilding township has 5 primary schools – Manchester, Lytton Street, North Street, St Joseph’s Catholic and Feilding Intermediate School. FAHS – Feilding High School and Hato Paora are the two secondary schools. Country schools include Cheltenham, Colyton, Halcombe, Kopane, Mt Biggs, Oroua Downs, Sanson, Kimbolton, Rangiwahia, Kiwitea, Rongotea and Waituna West. Most of these school hold their own historical records. Records of schools since closed are now held by National Archives in Wellington. School register information includes parent’s names, address and occupation details.
Burial Info – Cemeteries
The Manawatu District Council’s website lists most of the cemeteries in the district