Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Searching for Family in Australia

Searching the Registry’s historical indexes on our website is free. Each search result will give you the first name, surname and the district of the event, along with a unique registration number that identifies each record.

You can search and order birth, death or marriage certificates over the Registry’s website, as long as the date of the event occurs in the following time period:

Births: - Event must take place prior to 1910.
Deaths: - Event must take place prior to 1980.
Marriages: - Event must take place prior to 1960

No ID is required to obtain certificates for these records, but you must submit a family history application form (link attached).

http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/PDF forms/13-FAM-HISTORY-0810.pdf

The Registry will be updating records on a yearly basis, so some records will be unrestricted, but will not appear on the indexes until the next update.

If you supply the Registration Number on your application, you will receive a discounted fee, as the Registry does not have to search for the record. The Registration Number can be obtained by conducting a search on the Historical Indexes.

Standard Birth, Death and Marriage Family History CertificatesStandardUrgent
With Registration Number$29.00$50.00
Without Registration Number$39.00$60.00

If you require the Registry to conduct a search for you, you must provide the surname, first name, date and place of birth, death or marriage as well as any other relevant details. If you don’t know when the birth, death or marriage occurred, you can nominate a 10-year period for the Registry to search. If the date you have given is incorrect, we will search up to 5 years either side of the date.

Restricted Access

Any records that fall outside the aforementioned years of access are confidential, and require that you submit an application form and supporting ID to establish your legal entitlement.

I have also included a list of other Australian family history resources that may be helpful to you. If you require any further assistance, please contact us or visit our website at www.bdm.nsw.gov.au.

Kind regards

Mike Fitzgerald
Client Service Officer
NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages
Street Address: 35 Regent St, Chippendale NSW 2008
Postal Address: GPO Box 30, Sydney NSW 2001
Telephone: 1300 655 236
Email: bdm-webmail@agd.nsw.gov.au
Website: www.bdm.nsw.gov.au

Australian Family History Resources

State Records is the NSW Government's archives and records management authority. The website provides a variety of search methods and endless categories of information to search.

The Society of Australian Genealogists website provides useful links to other Australian and overseas genealogical resources. The site also gives details on how to join the Society and member benefits.

Looking for the details of relatives who immigrated to Australia after World War II. The National Archives of Australia is a good place to start. Once files are more than 30 years old, they are available for public access.

If you're not sure where to start when it comes to researching your family history, this website should point you in the right direction. It contains categorised lists of resources on everything from convict passenger lists to military sites.

Coraweb is an Australian directory with an abundance of links to other family history websites. Links are organised by category, so you are sure to easily find what you are looking for.

The LPI provides information about land titles, land grants, surveys, maps and plans. The LPI has produced a guide to searching Land Title Records, which is available, online at:www.lpi.nsw.gov.au/publications/guide_to_searching.pdf
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