The Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages holds early church records from 1788 to 1855, and records of birth, death and marriage registrations from 1856. 

You can apply for a family history certificate, once a set amount of time has elapsed:

  • births – 100 years
  • deaths – 30 years
  • marriages – 50 years.

What you need

  • your personal details
  • your payment
  • family name/s and the date range of the event
  • the registration number (if you know it).

How to order

If you search online for the certificate before you place your order, you'll be charged less than if the Registry has to do the search.

  1. Select the 'Apply online' button.
  2. Select the event you want to search for.
  3. If you know the registration number, enter it. If you don't, fill in at least one name field and the date range.
  4. Select 'Search'.
  5. Check the box next to the certificate you want to purchase, and select 'Add to order'.
  6. Choose the delivery method from the drop-down menu and select 'Update Order'.
  7. Select 'Purchase'.
  8. Enter your personal details.
  9. Enter your payment details.
  10. Print your confirmation page.

If you don't wish to search online prior to placing your order, you'll need to:

  1. Download and complete the Application for a Family History Certificate – PDF.
  2. Enter your payment details.
  3. Submit according to the instructions on the form.

More information

If you change your mind, or decide the certificate is no longer required, your application fee will not be refunded.

Payment methods

You can review transaction payment options on our payment methods page.

Last updated: 28 November 2023