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    Background

    Australia is comprised of six States and two mainland Territories each of which holds its own records. This can make searching difficult if you are unsure where an event may have occurred.

    Many States and Territories now have indexes online. Some of these are free to access whilst others charge a fee. There is a lack of consistency with the amount and type of information that is provided in the indexes.

    In addition, there are privacy restrictions on the years that the available indexes cover. Again, there is a lack of consistency with the time frames.

    If the information you are seeking is not available online it may be worthwhile posting a query on the forum as members may have access to alternative resources.

    You can make use of transcription agents in some States and Territories which can be a cheaper option.

    The Australian National Archives has published a useful fact sheet http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/fact-sheets/fs89.aspx about Births, Marriages and Deaths registrations across the States.

    What you can expect to see on a Birth Certificate
    The registrars web site often provides information about what should appear on a certificate.

    See also: http://familyhistoryresearch.com.au/resources/AustCerts.htm

    Birth Certificates generally contain the:
    Name
    Date of birth
    Place of birth
    Full names of both parents including maiden name of mother
    Occupation of Father
    Place and date of parent’s marriage
    Age of both parents and place of birth
    Names and ages of previous children
    Name and address of informant and relationship to child
    Names of witnesses

    What you can expect to see on a Marriage Certificate

    The registrars web site often provides information about what should appear on a certificate.

    See also: familyhistoryresearch.com.au/resources/AustCerts.htm
    Marriage Certificates generally contain the:
    Name of both parties
    Date and place of marriage
    Age of both parties
    Marital status of both parties
    Place of birth of both parties
    Address of both parties
    Occupation of both parties
    Names of parents including maiden name of mother
    Father’s occupation of both parties
    Name of minister and religion
    Names of witnesses

    What you can expect to see on a Death Certificate

    The registrars web site often provides information about what should appear on a certificate.

    See also: familyhistoryresearch.com.au/resources/AustCerts.htm

    Death Certificates generally contain the:
    Name
    Occupation
    Age
    Date and place of death
    Usual residence
    Where born
    How long in Australia
    Name and occupation of father
    Place of marriage
    Name of spouse
    Age when married
    Marital status
    Names and ages of children
    Name and address of informant
    Cause of death and duration of illness
    Place of burial or cremation
    Name of minister
    Names of witnesses to burial


    Scroll down for more detailed information for each State and Territory.


    Australian Capital Territory

    Prior to 1930, events were registered in New South Wales.

    Access Canberra
    https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/app/answers/detail/a_id/18/~/apply-for-a-birth,-death-or-marriage-certificate

    Certificates are freely available for:
    • Births more than 100 years ago
    • Marriages more than 75 years ago
    • Deaths more than 30 years ago.
    Proof of identity does not need to be provided if certificates fall within the above time frames.


    Free online indexes for:

    Marriages and Deaths can be found under "How can I find out about my Family History" at:

    https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/app/answers/detail/a_id/18/~/apply-for-a-birth,-death-or-marriage-certificate

    Can you purchase the certificate online? - Yes!


    New South Wales

    Registration began in 1788.

    NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages
    https://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/Pages/family-history-research/family-history-research-nsw.aspx

    Certificates are freely available for:
    • Births more than 100 years ago
    • Marriages more than 50 years ago
    • Deaths more than 30 years ago.
    Free online indexes for:

    Births, Marriages and Deaths.
    https://familyhistory.bdm.nsw.gov.a...jsessionid=6B9F19D2251103B0AE70D81B0C527BCA?0

    Also available on CD.

    New South Wales allows transcriptions agents.
    https://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/Pages/family-history-research/family-history-search.aspx

    Can you purchase the certificate online? - Yes!


    Northern Territory

    Between 1856 – 1863 events were recorded in New South Wales. Between 1863 – 1870 events were recorded in South Australia.

    Department of the Attorney-General and Justice
    https://nt.gov.au/law/bdm/search-births-deaths-and-marriages-records

    Certificates are freely available for:
    • Births more than 80 years ago
    • Marriages more than 60 years ago
    • Deaths more than 30 years ago.
    Index availability - Not available online.

    Available on microfiche and CD.

    Can you purchase the certificate online? - Yes!


    Queensland

    Registration began in 1856. However, records are held from 1829 for baptisms and burials and church marriages.

    Queensland Government
    https://www.qld.gov.au/law/births-deaths-marriages-and-divorces/family-history-research

    Certificates are freely available for:
    • Births more than 100 years ago
    • Marriages more than 75 years ago
    • Deaths more than 30 years ago.
    Free online indexes for Births, Marriages and Deaths.
    https://www.familyhistory.bdm.qld.gov.au/

    Also available on CD.

    Can you purchase the certificate online? No. Only available by mail.

    South Australia

    Registration began in 1842

    SA Government

    https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/family-and-community/births-deaths-and-marriages/family-research

    Certificates are freely available for:
    • Births more than 75 years ago
    • Marriages more than 60 years ago
    • Deaths more than 25 years ago.
    Free online indexes for some Births, Marriages and Deaths.
    Also newspapers and cemeteries index
    https://www.genealogysa.org.au/

    Also available on CD.

    Can you purchase the certificate online? - Yes!

    Tasmania

    Registration began in 1838. However, records are held from 1803 for church baptisms marriages and burials.

    Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
    https://www.justice.tas.gov.au/bdm/researching-family-trees

    Certificates are freely available for:
    • Births more than 100 years ago
    • Marriages more than 75 years ago
    • Deaths more than 25 years ago.
    The index is not available online but is on CD

    The Colonial Tasmanian Family Links Database may assist your research:
    https://ctfl.libraries.tas.gov.au/menu.aspx?search=8

    Can you purchase the certificate online? No. Only available by mail.

    Victoria

    Registration commenced in 1853

    Births Deaths and Marriages Victoria
    https://www.bdm.vic.gov.au/

    Certificates are freely available for:
    • Births more than 100 years ago
    • Marriages more than 60 years ago
    • Deaths more than 10 years ago.
    Online indexes for Births, Deaths and Marriages:
    https://my.rio.bdm.vic.gov.au/efamily-history/5cd6271468381a22c180da65

    Also available on CD.

    Can you purchase the certificate online? Yes! Can also be immediately down-loaded.

    Western Australia

    Registration commenced in 1841.

    Department of the Attorney General
    https://bdm.justice.wa.gov.au/_apps/pioneersindex/
    Certificates are freely available for:
    • Births more than 75 years ago
    • Marriages more than 60 years ago
    • Deaths more than 25 years ago.
    Free online indexes are available for Births, Deaths and Marriages: https://bdm.justice.wa.gov.au/_apps/pioneersindex/


    Also available on CD.

    Can you purchase the certificate online? No.


    (Written by Doug Johnson)
     
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