Websites for family history

Queensland Registry

Index records are available for births registered up to and including 1915, deaths registered up to and including 1985 and marriages registered up to and including 1940.

Tasmanian Name Index

Various databases listing early settlers in Tasmania.

New Zealand BD&M Online

Indexes births that occurred at least 100 years ago, (stillbirths that occurred at least 50 years ago), marriages that occurred at least 80 years ago and deaths that occurred at least 50 years ago or the deceased's date of birth was at least 80 years ago.

Old Bailey Online

Records of London trials, 1674 - 1834. Useful for your convict ancestors.

Free BDM

Index records are available for births registered up to and including 1915, deaths registered up to and including 1985 and marriages registered up to and including 1940.

Victorian BDM Index

Now free to search online. Coverage Church Baptisms, Marriages and Burials 1836-1853, Births 1853-1914, Marriages 1853-1942 and Deaths 1853-1988.

Free Reg

A volunteer site for Parish Registers. The recording of baptisms, marriages and burials in parish registers began in England and Wales in 1538 and is separate and distinct from the civil registration process that began in 1837. Approximately 35 million records have been transcribed so far).

Family Search

An index from the LDS, can be useful since it covers such a wide geographic area and a long time frame.

NSW State Archives & Records

Includes a number of useful indexes – there’s sure to be something of interest.

NSW Law Almanacs

Access to the entire collection of all past New South Wales Law Almanacs (from 1886), with the exception of 2002 (the only year it was not published). Members of the public seeking information about their family history now readily have access to the Almanacs.

Australian Cemeteries Index

Contains details of headstones from a number of cemeteries in Australia. It initially concentrated on cemeteries in regional Australia, but is expanding into other areas.

Australian Medical Pioneers Index

Provides access to a comprehensive database of medical pioneers.

National Archives Ireland - Australia Transportation Database

Details of people transported to Australia from Ireland.

ACT Electoral Rolls 1916 - 1967

This database contains 122,694 electoral records.


When you’ve lost hope of finding anything about your family, look for them in the newspapers – you may be surprised.

Australian War Memorial

Lists databases of Boer War, World War I participants, as well as links to photographs, private papers, film and the War Memorial’s library.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Contains information about commonwealth servicemen who died in action during WWI, giving details of rank, service number, age, unit, date of death. Often details of family, as well as where buried and a photograph and plan of the cemetery are given.

Middle Names Index

Hugh Wallis hasindexed middle namesfor some British counties and Scotland. Often family names are used as middle names, and these indexes help you to identify your John Fraser from the millions out there.

Historical Directories of England & Wales

A digital library of local and trade directories for England and Wales, from 1750 to 1919.

The Ryerson Index

Indexes death and obituary notices from 293 Australian newspapers. Check the years already indexed.

Public Record Office Victoria

List of digitised records and online indexes. Included are records dealing with education, health, immigration, prisoners, convicts and publicans.

The National Archives UK

A catalogue to records held in the UK Archives, it brings together indexes and documents, and directs you to help sheets on accessing the collection.

Automated Genealogy

A Canadian site that provides indexes to various Canadian Censuses (1851, 1901, 1906, 1911).

Castle Garden

The first immigration centre for the United States. This site allows free search access to 10 million records from 1830 -1892.

Family History - Health

This site offers reasons for collecting information on your family to ensure you enjoy good health.

The Island Wiki

The websites are devoted to the Bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey, Donkipedia and Jerripedia, which have been established since 2010.These websites contain the largest online repository of information about the islands, with hundreds of family trees, thousands of family records and an illustrated general history of the islands.