These records are contained on about 300,000 pages of passenger and crew lists that detail arrivals at New Zealand ports in the 1800s. Ten percent of the records are currently online, and the remaining records will be uploaded over the next couple of months.
Michael Higgins, a Pacific area representative for FamilySearch, said the process of digitizing the records took 18 months to complete.
"The Archives have been great to work with, and we feel privileged to be involved," Higgins said.
Read about how these records have already blessed the life of New Zealand's Glen Reid.