Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Australian vital records indexes on Ancestry

G'day! (Sorry!)

Ancestry has released the following sets of vital records indexes online for Australia:

Australia Birth Index, 1788-1922

Australia Marriage Index, 1788-1949

Australia Death Index, 1787-1985

Visit each of the search pages for detailed information on the commencement of civil registration in each state. Note that these are indexes and not digitised certificates, though the information supplied can help you to source the records from the appropriate registrars down under.

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Geniaus said...

Chris, Have just tested out the new Australian BDMs on Ancestry - there appear to be some holes.

For deaths of Pusell there are only 12 records for the whole of Asutralia; on the free NSW Registry indexes (http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/)that give the same amount of information there are 27 records for NSW!

As for births Ancestry lists 20 (for the whole of Australia) the same number as the NSW indexes list.

Ancestry lists 80 Pusell marriages whilst the NSW index lists 19 male and 36 female marriages.

The lesson here is that one should check multiple sources.

Chris Paton said...

Thanks Geni! Useful advice for all records databases.