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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.
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  • your personal details
  • your payment
  • family name/s and the date range of the event
  • the registration number (if you know it).
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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 'Add to order' next to the certificate you want to purchase.
  5. Choose the delivery method from the drop-down menu and select 'Update Order'.
  6. Select 'Purchase'.
  7. Enter your personal details.
  8. Enter your payment details.
  9. 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.
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  • Check the turnaround times for processing, and postal delivery (if applicable).
  • If you change your mind, or decide the certificate is no longer required, your application fee will not be refunded.

To make sure that you have all the information and documentation you need to complete this transaction, please visit Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Apply online

Payment methods

For online transactions:

  • credit or debit card (MasterCard, Visa, UnionPay, Diners Club or American Express).

For phone transactions:

  • credit or debit card (MasterCard, Visa, or American Express).

For transactions in person at a service centre:

  • cash (in Australian currency)
  • cheque (personal, bank or agency drawn)
  • money order
  • credit or debit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express* or EFTPOS), or
  • Android Pay app.

Please note that you may need to pay a merchant fee when paying by credit or debit card.

* Unfortunately, some locations may not accept American Express.

Need help?

We’re happy to help you with this transaction.

Feel free to call us on 13 77 88 or visit a service centre

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