One of the main aims of Clan Matheson New Zealand is to help people with Matheson heritage find out more about their family history and family stories. This area of the website has plenty of resources to help you do that.
How to start finding out about your family history
Don’t know where to start? Read here for a 12-step guide to starting your genealogical journey, and for links to further resources.
Family history forum
One of the great things about family history research is collaborating with others. You may well find people who already have answers to the questions you’re asking.
Use our family history forum to connect with others researching their Matheson heritage, or pop a question to our Facebook group.
Family history research tips
Our newsletter contains a series of articles with advice on investigating your family origins. The key ones are reproduced here:
- diaries of migration voyages
- Hebridean Connections
- forums, wiki and blogs
- migrants to New Zealand
- migration of Mathesons within the UK
- New Zealand birth, death and marriage records
- online family trees
- programs for family history research
Our newsletters contain other information about family history research, and you can look at the newsletter index to locate other articles that might be useful. You can download back copies of the newsletters here.
New Zealand Mathesons who fought in the First World War
As part of commemorating the centenary of the First World War, we have researched and written about every New Zealander named Matheson (or similar) who served in the conflict. You can read their stories here.
New Zealand Mathesons who died in the Second World War
We’ve also profiled New Zealand Mathesons who died on active service during in the Second World War.
The Waipu Scottish Migration Museum has collected a wealth of information about the Highland Scots who migrated to Waipu in Northland, including many Mathesons. They can research family connections for a modest fee, and welcome support from museum friends who subscribe to their newsletter.
Matheson DNA project
Find out more about how DNA analysis is unlocking the secrets of the clan’s origins.