All our libraries are closed in Alert Level 3 Step 1.
Find out more
Sources of family history research information for Australia, England and Wales, Ireland, Pacific Islands and Scotland.
Australian Capital TerritoryCivil registration commenced 1 January 1930ACT Government
Indexes held at Auckland Libraries: Deaths 1930-1949 [2 AUS BDM ACT]
New South WalesCivil registration commenced 1 March 1856NSW Government Indexes held at Auckland Libraries: Births 1788-1918, Deaths 1788-1945, Marriages 1788-1945 [2 AUS BDM NSW]
Northern TerritoryCivil registration commenced 24 August 1870Note: 1856-1863 - New South Wales, 1863-1870 - South AustraliaNorthern Territory Government Indexes held at Auckland Libraries: Births 1870-1918, Deaths 1870-1913, Marriages 1870-1913 [2 AUS BDM NT]
QueenslandCivil registration commenced 1 March 1856Queensland Government Indexes held at Auckland Libraries: Births 1856-1919, Deaths 1856-1954, Marriages 1856-1939 [2 AUS BDM QLD]
South AustraliaCivil registration commenced 1 June 1842Government of South Australia Indexes held at Auckland Libraries: Births 1842-1928, Deaths 1842-1970, Marriages 1842-1937 [2 AUS BDM SA]
TasmaniaCivil registration commenced 1 December 1838Registration prior to 31 December 1899: Registrar-Generals Department pre-1900 births, deaths and marriages recordsRegistration after 31 December 1899: Tasmania Government Indexes held at Auckland Libraries: Births 1803-1905, Deaths 1803-1919, Marriages 1803-1919 [2 AUS BDM TAS]
VictoriaCivil registration commenced 1 July 1853Victoria Government - search historical indexes (pay by view) Indexes held at Auckland Libraries: Births 1837-1913, Deaths 1837-1980, Marriages 1837-1942 [2 AUS BDM VIC]
Western AustraliaCivil registration commenced 1 September 1841Western Australia Government Indexes held at Auckland Libraries: Births 1841-1905, Deaths 1841-1980, Marriages 1841-1965 [2 AUS BDM WA]
English and Welsh family records
Civil registration for England and Wales started 1 July 1837 and compulsory registration began in 1874. These are known as the General Register Indexes (GRO), but were formerly known as the St Catherine’s House Indexes.
Research Central holds the Civil Registration indexes from July 1837- 2001.
Quarterly indexes from 1837 – 1983
You will need to check quarterly indexes from 1837-1983, as indexing is based on the date of registration and not on the date of the actual event. For example, someone could be born in December 1890 but not registered until January 1891. Therefore the reference will not occur until the first quarter (January - March) of 1891.
Annual indexes from 1984
The information given on the indexes is very limited: name, registration district, volume, page number.
The volume number is a geographic code.
Age at death is included in the index from 1866, and name of spouse is included in marriage indexes from 1912.
How to request a certificate for England or Wales
It is possible to get a certificate from the
General Register Office or Local Registry Office in England, or from a New Zealand based certificate service.
New Zealand based certificate services
New Zealand Society of Genealogists (members only)
GenBritz down under. Contact: Vivienne Parker, phone
(09) 578 2525 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Prior to civil registration (before July 1837), and even after to some extent, you will need to search parish registers.
We have some parish registers available in book or microfiche format at 4 ENG BDM (followed by the county abbreviation) or 4 WLS BDM (followed by the county abbreviation).
Some parish registers are on CD ROM, for example Phillimores Marriage Registers for some counties.
International Genealogical Index - from about 1500 to the end of the 19th Century.
Vital Records Index British Isles (CD Rom) contains 5 million births, christenings and marriages taken from a partial collection of records in the British Isles dating from 1538-1888.
Registration of births, deaths and marriages started in 1 January 1864. The records are at the
General Register Office in Dublin
The indexes have been microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah (Mormon Church) 1864-1921 and can be ordered through any LDS Family History Centre. Auckland Libraries is an accredited LDS Family History Centre.
Summaries of the birth certificates 1864 - 1867 are included in the International Genealogical Index.
From 1921 the entries for Northern Ireland are at the
General Register Office in Belfast
Search International Genealogical Index for baptism and marriage records.
Vital Records Index British Isles (CD Rom) contains 5 million births, christenings and marriages taken from a collection of records in the British Isles dating from 1538-1888 - this includes Ireland.
Tracing your Irish Ancestors - Chapter 1. Civil Records by John Grenham
Irish records: sources for family and local history - p 10 by James Ryan
Records may be in the local language or the language of the country that controlled the territory at the time.
Niue records are copies of the original registers. As they are not certified by the registrar-general, they may not be acceptable for legal purposes.
Research Central has a range of resources for many Pacific countries, including:
civil registration records
land and probate records
Pacific records held in Research Central
Fiji circa 1871 – 1950
Tahiti circa 1818 – 1950
Tonga circa 1830 – 1980
Samoa (American and Western) circa 1852-1993
Niue 1900 – 1997
birth registration records for Niue 1900-1997 (3 NIU BDM)
birth indexes (3 NIU BDM)
death and stillbirth registration records 1899-1997 (3 NIU BDM)
death indexes (3 NIU BDM)
marriage registrations (3 NIU BDM)
various genealogies (3 NIU FAM)
genealogies of Niue women (3 NIU FAM)
emigration from Niue (3 NIU IMM)
European immigration to Niue (3 NIU IMM)
We have a growing collection of Scottish family history resources.
General Register of Births Deaths and Marriages
This is housed at New Register House, Edinburgh, and dates from 1 January 1855.
Scotland's PeopleThis is the official governmental source of genealogical data for Scotland. It is a "pay as you view" database of indexes from the genealogical records of the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS). It includes Statutory Registers of births and marriages 1855-1899 and Statutory Registers of deaths -1855-1924. An additional year of births / deaths / marriage index data is added every year.
The restriction to data over 100 years old is GROS policy, to protect the privacy of living persons.
Old Parochial Registers (1740 - 1855)Christening and marriage records of some 900 Presbyterian parishes were kept by their ministers, and most date from about 1740.
Research Central has the index to these registers on microfiche at shelf number 4 SCT BDM.
International Genealogical IndexVisit FamilySearch for baptism and marriage records.
Vital Records Index British Isles (1538 – 1888)Vital Records Index contains 5 million births, christenings and marriages taken from a partial collection of records in the British Isles (includes Scotland).
For other countries try:
Was this page useful?
To ask for help or information, contact us.