Births, deaths and marriages

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visitors are kindly advised that this website includes images, sounds and names of people who have passed.

All users should be aware that some topics or historical content may be culturally sensitive, offensive or distressing, and that some images may contain nudity or are of people not yet identified. Certain words, terms or descriptions may reflect the author's/creator's attitude or that of the period in which they were written, but are now considered inappropriate in today's context.

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About the guide

Use this guide to research, discover and learn about significant events of your ancestor’s life

You will find resources for researching births, baptisms, deaths, burials, marriages and divorces particularly for New South Wales, Australia.

To uncover these events you will need to check several resources. A little bit of luck is involved with family history research but a lot of it is working methodically through the resources.

Not sure how to begin? Check out our tips for beginning your family history research.


  • Note down the resources you’ve checked even when you don’t find anything.
  • Check the original record as it might have additional information that's not listed in the index.
  • More information was documented in later years than earlier years.

Family history at the library