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Family history research

If you're looking to trace your family history in New South Wales, the Registry's records are the best place to start. The Registry holds over 20 million records of life events that have occurred in NSW since 1856 and early church records dating from 1788 to 1855.

You can use our family history search engine which offers unrestricted searching with no identification required for:

  • Births over 100 years ago
  • Deaths over 30 years ago
  • Marriages over 50 years ago

Once you've viewed the results of your search you can purchase a certificate and obtain the information available.

You can also apply to have the Registry conduct a search for you or have a family history transcription agent verify your documents. 

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