Northern Territory, Australia Genealogy

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Northern Territory

The Northern Territory was originally part of New South Wales. It was annexed to South Australia in 1863 then the Commonwealth assumed administration in 1911. The capital is Darwin.

Getting started with Northern Territory research

If your family or ancestors moved into the Northern Territory before 1863, you should also search records of New South Wales. For information about the records of the Northern Territory, click on one of the topic links at the left.

Numerous articles are available on FamilySearch Wiki to help you get started in family history. This portal will provide links to articles about general research topics.

Water Bluff Waterhole at Pungalina, Northern Territory
Principles of Family History Research
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  4. Obtain and Search the Records
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  • Northern Territory makes its indexes to births, deaths and marriages available online.