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Top Databases & Web Sites for Australian Genealogy

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Begin your search for your Australian roots with this collection of outstanding online databases, indexes and digitized records focused on genealogy in Australia.

1. Australian Historic Marriages & Deaths

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The National Library of Australia offers online access to free PDF indexes of Australian Capital Territory (ACT) deaths from 1930 to 1973, as well as Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Historic Marriages. Free

2. Family History South Australia

This large Web site includes a wealth of databases, history and articles to assist people researching their South Australian family history. Includes early marriages 1836-1852, gazetted deaths 1845-1941, WWI deaths of South Australian servicemen, naturalization records, gold diggers, and more. Free

3. State Archives of NSW - Indexes Online

Census records, convict records, divorce records, criminal court records, immigrant arrivals, insolvency records, land records, naturalization records (for non-British subjects) and estate records are all indexed online and searchable. A photocopy service with online ordering and payment is available for copies of some of the original records in these indexed collections. Free

4. Ancestry.com.au

Subscription genealogy Web site Ancestry.com includes numerous online databases and indexes for researching Australian ancestors, as well as records for the British Isles where many Australians originated. Subscription

5. Tasmanian Archives - Online Name Indexes

This wonderful archives site features searchable name indexes to a variety of records including census returns (1837-1857), naturalizations by non-British subjects (up to 1904), wills, convict records, passenger arrivals and departures, inquests and divorces. Also included are Tasmanian photographs and a Colonial Tasmanian family links database. Free

6. Ireland-Australia Transportation Records (1791-1853)

Transportation records held in the National Archives of Ireland are a major source for Australians researching Irish convict ancestors. This free, searchable database includes transportation registers, convict petitions and even records of members of convicts' families transported as free settlers. Free

7. Perth Dead Persons' Society

This Western Australia family history society maintains a number of free, online databases including Convicts to Australia, Passenger Ships Arriving in Australasian Ports, and Australians Serving in the Boer War. Their research guides and resources for researching convict ancestry are well worth the visit. Free

8. Western Australia Birth, Death and Marriage Indexes Online

Free, searchable online index to Western Australian birth, death and marriage records. Birth records cover the period 1841-1931. Death and marriage indexes cover the period 1841-1905. Free

9. The Ryerson Index to Death Notices and Obituaries in Australian Newspapers

Obituaries and death notices from 138+ newspapers totaling almost 2 million entries are indexed on this volunteer-supported Web site. The concentration is on New South Wales newspapers, specifically two Sydney newspapers the "Sydney Morning Herald" and the "Daily Telegraph," although some papers from other states are also included. Free

10. Historic Australian Newspapers, 1803-1954

The National Library of Australia in conjunction with Australian State and Territory libraries is digitizing early out-of-copyright Australian newspapers and putting them online. At least one newspaper from each state is included in the project, covering the earliest years of the paper's existence. Free

11. National Library of Australia - Oral History & Folklore

Expand your Australian family history with this collection of over 58,000 oral history interviews and folk recordings, an electronic guide to Australian oral history collections, and how-to information for conducting your own oral history. Free

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