Monday, July 26, 2010
If you were a member of the Society at that time, you could purchase a key to access all the records on the CD.
It was an awesome resource for New Zealand genealogists but sadly it came to grief. Insufficient checking of the records resulted in a few living people having their records included and it was withdrawn from sale in 2009.
There is a rumour of a cleaned up version being released for sale. Another rumour is that the index's will be offered individually at some time in the future. Meanwhile, those members lucky enough to have purchased the CD before it was withdrawn have something unique.
An enormous amount of work was done behind the scenes by volunteers for years to achieve this CD and it was a blow to them as well as researchers. Let's hope its only a temporary setback. I thank all those volunteers sincerely, including those who neglected to check thoroughly - mistakes happen.