Family history search

Start your ancestry research with free access to our records of births, marriages and deaths in NSW that date back to 1788. 

Website maintenance

Due to scheduled maintenance, our online certificate ordering, birth registration system and family history services will be intermittently unavailable on:

Wednesday, 30 November 2022 7pm - 12am

Thursday, 1 December 2022 7pm - 12am.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Registry offices closed

The fastest and easiest way to apply for your certificate is online and it will be sent by registered mail to your home with an optional priority service.

Alternatively, contact us or visit your nearest Service NSW service centre

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Use our free online search of births, deaths and marriages certificates dating back to 1788 to trace and build your family tree.
Inside St Mary's Cathedral Sydney
Use our list to match the two-letter code on an early church record with the church where the birth, marriage or death was recorded.
Find out what you can search, what the search results mean, how to order certificates and where to get help.
You can search our records of births, marriages and deaths in NSW for free. Here you'll find some tips to help you successfully complete your search.
How to request searches and certificates for an adopted person and their parents.
Find detailed descriptions on the information included on certificates issued before and after 1856, and how we kept records.
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