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

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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.
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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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