Australia, Births, deaths, marriages, Free resources

Free BDM indexes in Australia

One of the new collections at FindMyPast this week is the Western Australian Birth Death and Marriage Indexes.

I prefer to use the Western Australian Online Indexes.  Firstly, these indexes are free, you don’t need to have a subscription to FindMyPast (or Ancestry) in order to access the indexes.  Secondly, by using these indexes, if you find a certificate you want to order, you can then click on “Order” next to the entry, to bring up the application form.  At this stage, you can only order certificates from Western Australia by mail   The third reason is that the Western Australian Online Indexes are closer to the original than the collections on FindMyPast or Ancestry.

It is always best to access records as close to the original as possible.  It also makes more sense if these happen to be free, while other sites offer indexes as part of a subscription.

For birth, death and marriage indexes in Australia, you are better off using the websites of the original repositories of these records.

For Victoria – https://online.justice.vic.gov.au/bdm/indexsearch.doj

For New South Wales – https://familyhistory.bdm.nsw.gov.au/lifelink/familyhistory/search;jsessionid=FDB5BA9B14894184318437C02682A2CC?0

For Queensland – https://www.bdm.qld.gov.au/IndexSearch/queryEntry.m?type=births

Tasmania and South Australia are a little different – the repositories of the certificates don’t have online indexes, but there are free indexes available:

For Tasmania – https://linctas.ent.sirsidynix.net.au/client/en_AU/names/

For South Australia – https://www.genealogysa.org.au/resources/online-databases.html

The Northern Territory has no online indexes.

The Australian Capital Territory has an historic marriage and historic death index available for download as either a PDF or XLS file from https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/app/answers/detail/a_id/2214#tabs-3

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