Do you have New Zealand ancestry in sheep farming?

If so, this database is a wonderful genealogy resource definitely worth searching, comprised of 91,842 records compiled for the Annual Sheep Returns. The purpose of these was essentially to provide a sheep count; however, today the collected information provides much more for anyone researching family history. Sheep owners are listed by district - recording not only their sheep populations over several years, but also their address. And with the unfortunate loss of many early New Zealand census records, they act as a great substitute for the years included: 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 and 1918.

They can also be used for anyone researching companies. The names of companies are recorded in the surname field, allowing organisations to be searched as though they were individual sheep farmers.

So, whether you're searching for a specific ancestor, or a professional lineage, this database is a must.

You might also find your ancestors in our extensive Institutions & Organisations Records