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All users should be aware that some topics or historical content may be culturally sensitive, offensive or distressing, and that some images may contain nudity or are of people not yet identified.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.
Records from asylums, other mental health facilities and charitable organisations in NSW may be held with us or at State Archives & Records NSW.
Some of the information you might find includes date of death, place of birth, marital status and names of family members.
You will need to seek permission from the NSW Health Department to view records that are less than 110 years old and may also need permission from the hospital.
Civil registration is the official recording of births, deaths and marriages by the government. Compulsory civil registration began in NSW on 1 March 1856. Each state and territory has a registry that is responsible for these records.
ACT, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and even New Zealand were once part of the colony of NSW. It may be worth checking the NSW birth, death and marriage indexes for these areas.
Parish registers are records of the burials that were performed by churches of all denominations. The churches would record the burials in the registers.
These records are the official source of information for deaths that occurred before 1856, when civil registration began in NSW. Churches continued to record burials after this date. Use these records as a supplement to the official certificate.
Use newspapers to find death, funeral and probate notices as well as in memoriams, obituaries and coroner reports.
We have indexes of birth, death and marriage notices for several newspapers. You can find online indexes on our eresources page or search our catalogue to find print indexes.