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Record Description

This collection will include records from 1776 to 1980.

These are miscellaneous Australian genealogical records. This material is handwritten or typed on index cards. The cards are filed in alphabetical order by surname. Some index cards are transcripts of newspaper reports of births, marriages, and deaths; some are transcripts of various vital records, and so on. The emphasis appears to be New South Wales, with some Victorian records. Some cards show LDS ordinance work (Temple Index Bureau) and extracts of LDS membership records. Other cards list information regarding various LDS families, and the emphasis appears to be South Australia (but does not include the early LDS families there).

The collection is composed of three sets of cards:

  1. The first set has data transcribed from birth, marriage and death records along with newspaper notices. The emphasis is on New South Wales with some records from Victoria.
  2. The second set is an index to temple and church records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  3. The third set is data primarily from family records and vital certificates. The emphasis is on families of South Australia with some additional information on families from Queensland.

The population coverage is minimal.

These cards were created as indexes to various genealogical records.

Birth information about the child on a birth certificate should be fairly accurate. Marriage information about spouses on a marriage record and death information about the decedent on a death record should also be fairly accurate. However, this accuracy is dependent upon the reliability of the informant and of the person transcribing the information onto the cards.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"Australia, Miscellaneous Genealogical Records, 1776-1980." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Greenwich New South Wales Family History Centre.

Record Content

These records usually include the following information:

  • Name of the spouse with place and date of marriage
  • Age and place of birth
  • Residence and occupation
  • Names of descendants
  • Names of parents with their places of birth
  • Place and date of death
  • Amount of time resident in Australia
  • Names of siblings with their ages
  • Some temple ordinance dates (on Temple Index Bureau cards)

How to Use the Records

To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Ancestor's name
  • Birth place and date

Search the Collection

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

Using the Information

  • Names of parents with their places of birth can be used to search earlier records for names of grandparents
  • Dates and places of birth can be used to search for information about parents if the parents’ information is not included
  • The time of residence in Australia can lead to searches in immigration records for places of origin

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from the record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you do not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.


 

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