The following Australia-wide BDM indexes can be accessed via the card catalogue on Ancestry:

  • Australia, Birth Index, 1788-1922
  • Australia, Marriage Index, 1788-1950
  • Australia, Death Index, 1787-1985

Ancestry Library edition can be accessed via the Library's eResources portal within our reading rooms.

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Access to Records by Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants

Assistance with records searching is available if you are a Forgotten Australian, Former Child Migrant (sometimes referred to as a care leaver), or are affected by Australia's past forced adoption practices.

This guide to Australian birth, death and marriage (BDM) records provides:

  1. Links to State and Territory Registry offices and to [their] freely accessible online indexes, where available
  2. Links to Library networked BDM indexes (on eResources)
  3. Links to Library subscription resources (for access within the Library only)
  4. Descriptions of microfilmed resources available on open access within the Library’s Newspapers and Family History zone
  5. Descriptions of other freely accessible resources within the Newspapers and Family History zone
  6. Search strategies for locating other Australian-related Birth, Marriage and Death records within or accessible from the Library
  7. Information on accessing divorce records and links to State/Territory archive collections and research guides

Most Australian States and Territories publish indexes to 'historic' births, deaths and marriages registered in their respective jurisdictions. Use these indexes to locate official registrations of life events and obtain registration numbers.  Other information such as date and place of the event, parents’ names and age at time of death may also be supplied in these indexes.  The date range of publication depends on legislation enacted in each State or Territory, so the coverage of indexes varies between each jurisdiction.

Links to online indexes, where provided, are available from this guide and via eResources in the reading rooms. Open access to most indexes on microfiche is provided in the Newspapers and Family History zone of the Main Reading Room. Certificates can only be purchased from the appropriate State or Territory Registries.

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New South Wales Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages

Northern Territory Births, Deaths and Marriages

Queensland Births, Deaths and Marriages and Divorces

South Australia Births, Deaths and Marriages

Tasmania Births, Deaths and Marriages

Victoria Births, Deaths and Marriages

Western Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages

The contents of certificates vary from state to state and differ over time within each state. See 'What you might expect to see on an historical AUS BDM certificate' for a description.

Australian State Libraries, local libraries and genealogical societies may also hold these indexes.


In addition to state-specific datasets, Findmypast also has the following Australia-wide BDM resources:

  • Australia, Births and Baptisms, 1792-1981
  • Australia, Marriages, 1788-1935
  • Australia Deaths and Burials, 1816-1980

Not sure where to start?