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New South Wales pioneers index 1788-1918 (Aboriginal births, 1909-1918)

How to use New South Wales pioneers index 1788-1918 (Aboriginal births, 1909-1918)

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How to find records of a birth

STEP 1

Collect the Federation Series (1889-1918) of the New South Wales pioneers index 1788-1918 on the 'NSW—BDM' shelves in the Family history area. The index is arranged alphabetically by family name.

Not able to visit the Library? Search Trove to see if a library near you holds the index.

STEP 2

Using the microfiche reader, search for the individual's name in the index.

Here is an example of the information found in an index entry:

NameEventYearFatherMotherPlace of RegistrationReg Number
GOOLAGONG Katie B 1913 Robert J Ettie M Grenfell 46522

STEP 3

The birth records are kept at the New South Wales Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages. You will need to buy a copy of the certificate at the Registry.

  • You can receive a discount if you include the registration number on your application.
  • You can also try searching for Aboriginal birth and baptism notices in missionary magazines. Many of these notices have been transcribed and can be found searching the Library’s Australian Indigenous index.

Go to the resource

New South Wales pioneers index 1788-1918 (Aboriginal births, 1909-1918) [catalogue record | microfiche]

Birth Certificates

Births were first recorded as baptisms by churches and then after 1855, as Civil Registration Birth Certificates, when the registration of births became law. There is no documentation of Aboriginal births before 1788.