Queensland Births, Marriages, and Deaths

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In Queensland, birth, deaths and marriages are registered by the Queensland Registrar-General. For privacy of living people, there are restrictions on access to indexes and certificates.

Indexes are available for:

  • births to 1919
  • marriages to 1934
  • deaths to 1964

These indexes are available in various formats:

  • microfiche
  • CD-ROMs
  • online search

However, the range of dates and information provided and searching capability differs between the formats and so there are advantages and disadvantages of using the different formats, which are described below.

Indexes in Queensland do not include the location within Queensland. However, the registration numbers containing a "B" imply a Brisbane events. Note that the boundaries of Brisbane have extended over the years, so a family who remained at the same address might have their early BDMs registered outside of Brisbane and their later ones within Brisbane. In the absence of a "B", one can only conclude that the event occurred outside of Brisbane and the certificate will need to be purchased to obtain the location information.


The benefit of microfiche is that it covers the full date range above. These are published in 5 year series (e.g. 1900-1904) for one event type: births, deaths and marriages. There are also some compilations:

  • all BDMs to 1889 (Pioneer Index)
  • all BDMs 1890 to 1914 (Federation Index)

Birth information contained in the index:

  • surname of child
  • given names of child
  • father's name
  • mother's maiden name
  • date of birth (day, month, year)
  • registration number

In the microfiche, the index entries are sorted by surname of child, then by given name of child.

Normally the surname of the child is that of the father. Therefore, the father's surname is generally omitted. If there is no father listed in the register (usually because the child is illegitimate), then the surname of the child will be that of the mother. If the child is illegitimate but the father's name is given in the register, generally the birth is indexed under both the father's and mother's surname. And in other complicated circumstances, multiple indexes are created to ensure that the entry can be found under any relevant surname.

Sometimes the index will show a married name for the mother. If this is the case, then it is usually copied direct from the register and purchasing the certificate is probably unlikely to reveal the mother's maiden name either.

Marriage information contained in the index:

  • husband's full name
  • wife's full maiden name
  • date of marriage (day, month, year)
  • registration number

The marriage indexes on microfiche are sorted by surname, then by given name. There are two index entries for each marriage, one for the husband and one for the wife. Thus a marriage can be found by knowing the name of either party.

Death information contained in the index:

  • surname of the deceased
  • given names of the deceased
  • father's full name
  • mother's full maiden name
  • date of death (day, month, year)
  • registration number

The death index on microfiche is sorted by surname of the deceased and then given name.Note that woman's deaths are registered under their married name if applicable; this makes it difficult to find the death of a woman if you don't know about her marriage(s).


There are 2 CD-ROMs available covering:

  • up to 1889 (Pioneer Index)
  • 1890 to 1914 (Federation Index)

There is an online site

There is no transcription service or other low cost way for family historians to obtain the information in the register other than to purchase the official BDM certificate.

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