Family history search

Start your ancestry research for free.

Access NSW births, deaths and marriages records dating back to 1788. 

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Use the Registry tool to start searching

Explore your family story by using the free search of the NSW Registry records.

Once you’ve found the historical records you’re after, you can purchase print or digital copies.

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Guide to searching your family history

Find out what you can search, about the results, how to order certificates, further paid ancestry search services and who to contact for support.

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Records and certificates


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Early church and district codes

Use our list to match the code on a record with the church or district where the birth, death or marriage occurred.


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Registry records

Find detailed descriptions on the information included on certificates issued before and after 1856, and how we kept records.


Online services

Adoption certificates

How to request searches and certificates for an adopted person and their parents.

Family history search enquiries

If you have a question about our historical records, email us at

If you experienced a technical or system issue with our family history search platform, email the Technical support team at 

Make sure you include your:

  • Full name
  • Telephone number
  • Brief description of your enquiry.

We’ll respond within 10 business days.

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