Births, deaths and marriages

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Marriages and divorce

Researching marriages

Begin researching your ancestor's marriage by finding their marriage certificate, then using other resources such as church registers, newspapers and other genealogical resources to fill in the gaps.

Make sure you view (or buy a copy) the original records as they usually have more details than in the index. Use this information to work back through the generations.

About the resources

Your ancestor's record might not include all the details that we've listed. The information documented can vary from record to record, especially earlier records as they tend not to contain as much information as later records.

Find your ancestor's marriage certificate

Divorce papers

Marriages from the past 50 years

You can apply for a copy of a marriage certificate from the past 50 years through the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. You will need to be eligible to apply. Refer to the website to see if you meet the criteria.

You can buy certificates for marriages that occurred over 50 years ago through the Registry's website.


Where else to find information about marriages?

You can find information about marriages in death records such as church registers, wills and cemetery records (including on headstones). You might find your ancestor's spouse's name.