Birth, Death and Marriage Records
1. Australian Birth, Death and Marriage Indexes Available Online
New South Wales birth, deaths and marriage indexes
Search the historical New South Wales births, deaths and marriages indexes free for:
- Births 1788 to 1908
- Deaths 1788 to 1978
- Marriages 1788 to 1958
Note: On the 1st January each year the NSW BDM online indexes are released a further year.
Locate links to other registries interstate and overseas. Read about the history of record keeping in New South Wales, or find out how to track down that long lost ancestor by using the family history resources provided. See a famous bushranger's death certificate or a record of the first marriage in New South Wales.
Queensland birth, death and marriage indexes
Online searching of the historical Queensland births, deaths and marriages indexes is available free for the following ranges of years:
- Births that occurred in Queensland between 1829 and 1914
- Deaths that occurred in Queensland between 1829 and 1929
- Marriages that occurred in Queensland between 1829 and 1929.
Victorian birth, death and marriage indexes
Fee based online searching of the historical Queensland births, deaths and marriages indexes is available for the following years:
- Births 1853 to 1907,
- Deaths 1853 to 1985 and
- Marriages 1853 to 1942.
- Church baptisms, marriages and burials 1836 to 1853 - these are full records but they contain limited information.
Western Australia birth, death and marriage indexes
The registry offers free online historic index searching of Western Australian births, deaths and marriages registered from 1841. This service incorporates a family history certificate ordering option for a reduced fee. The online indexes are available for the following years:
- Birth indexes - 1841 to 1932
- Death indexes - 1841 to 1962
- Marriage indexes - 1841 to 1932
2. Other Birth, Death and Marriage Sites
Australasian births, deaths and marriages exchange
A free resource for genealogists to share details on Australian and New Zealand birth, death and marriage certificates. There are also links to over 40 international birth, death and marriage exchange sites.
Australian and New Zealand birth, death & marriage offices
This is a link to the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages which maintains links to Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages Offices in all Australian states and New Zealand. Choose "Links" which is the last option on the left side menu.
Directgov - public services all in one place (United Kingdom)(http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Governmentcitizensandrights/Registeringlifeevents/Familyhistoryandresearch/index.htm)
Links to government sites across the United Kingdom including those to help Family Historians trace their family trees.
Find my past (formerly1837online)
On this site you will find the entire copy of the indexes to birth, marriages and deaths for England and Wales from 1837 to 2002, and census records. It is a 'pay-per-view' web site.
The objective of the FreeBMD (Free Births, Marriages and Deaths) site is to provide free Internet access to the Civil Registration index information for England and Wales. The Civil Registration system for recording births, marriages, and deaths in England and Wales has been in place since 1837 and is one of the most significant single resources for genealogical research back to Victorian times. The FreeBMD project is constantly being added to by volunteers and contains index information for the period 1837-1983.
On Wednesday 13 September 2009 the database contained 173,253,058 distinct records (222,200,725 total records).On Thursday 16 September 2009 FreeBMD users did 282,347 searches. When you open this website, choose the red search button at the bottom of the welcome page to begin your search.
FreeREG (UK Parish Registers from 1538)
The objective of FreeREG is to provide free Internet searches of baptism, marriage, and burial records, which have been extracted from parish registers and non-conformist church records in the UK. The recording of baptisms, marriages and burials in parish registers began in England in 1538 and is separate and distinct from the civil registration process that began in 1837. (The latter is covered by our companion project FreeBMD). The aim of the volunteers is to make it easier for researchers, no matter where they are in the world, to locate a specific record relating to their ancestor within a parish register.
On Monday 7 September 2009 database contained 1,555,875 Marriages, 4,904,859 Baptisms, 2,734,746 Burials. On Wednesday 16 September 2009 FreeREG users did 24,120 searches.
Hawkesbury on the net - church registers
The Church Registers available on 'Hawkesbury on the Net ' represents the results of an ongoing project to transcribe available church registers within the Hawkesbury Region of New South Wales, Australia, and then to provide that information online. Type a name in the site search box or choose a cemetery and browse the list of names.
Information found on Australian birth, death and marriage (BDM) certificates
These two websites could save you money as they show what information to expect on birth, death and marriage certificates and indexes for all Australian states and territories from 1788.
Joy Murrin family history service
The Joy Murrin Family History Service site offers an alternative way for Family Historians to obtain approved transcriptions from birth, death and marriage registers in New South Wales, New Zealand, England, Scotland and Wales without the expense of obtaining an official Certificate. The site also provides links to other family history sites.
Marbract Services site offers an alternative way for Family Historians to obtain approved transcriptions from birth, death and marriage registers in New South Wales, New Zealand, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and India without the expense of obtaining an official Certificate. The site also provides information "all about NSW birth, death and marriage certificates"; hints, tips and tricks; links to useful genealogical sites on the web; and a list of useful genealogical repositories in NSW not on the Web (eg Anglican, Presbyterian and Uniting Church Records).
Miscellaneous Australian certificates index(previously called the unrelated certificates Index)
Established almost 20 years ago this index provides a single nation-wide collection point for unwanted Australian certificates. Every name on a certificate is indexed and a one-letter code indicates whether the person was the bride, groom, person born or baptised, or the deceased - or someone else (a relative, witness, undertaker, minister of religion, doctor, midwife, district registrar etc.) Over 990 certificates are indexed, producing a list of approximately 10,000 names. It is a an on-going project, and the index is being added to the web site in stages. As at September 2004 part 1 of the project has been published online - about 1,600 names from 162 certificates.
Official non-parachial BMDs service - England and Wales before 1567-1840
Access images online of the Non-conformist (including Catholic) Local Registers held at The National Archives - the result of a partnership project between The National Archives and S&N Genealogy Supplies. The BMD Registers service provides access to the non-parochial and nonconformist registers 1567-1840 including the births, marriages and burials certificates and notes of the Society of Friends' (Quakers) plus the birth registry of Baptist, Presbyterian and Protestant Dissenters (known as 'Dr Williams Library') and Non-Conformist Records including
Methodists, Wesleyans, Independents, Congregationalist, Unitarians, Quakers (Society of Friends), Fleet Marriages and more being continually added. Basic searching is free of charge, but there is a fee for advanced searching and to download images.
St Catherine's marriage transcriptions - selective
The St Catherine's House marriage indexes have separate entries for husbands and wives, and it is very difficult to identify a given marriage if only one spouse's name is known. Mike Foster, of New Zealand, has produced reorganized transcriptions of some indexes. The resulting files can be searched using your browser's "Find" command to locate an individual and small group of possible marriage partners.