Dr Anthony Lynham


More clues for family history researchers

family history

21 June, 2018 –

The most popular service provided by the Queensland Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages has now been improved, opening up even more information to family history researchers.

The Family History Research service on the registry’s website is now faster, easier to navigate, and offers access to notes and other documents accompanying official certificates.

More than 35,000 visitors per month are accessing the Family History Research home page, prompting the significant upgrade of the site. The digital service for family history research began on Queensland Day, June 6, just over five years ago.

Previously, community members were required to attend the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in person to apply for documents, which were then retrieved from archives, copied and posted to them.

Being able to search online means that people in the most isolated areas are able to easily search their Queensland family origins.

Researchers and historians are now also able to apply for Historical Source Images, which are the notes or any other material provided by the informant. Previously they were only able to access the official record of the birth, death or marriage.

The registry requested and received expert advice regarding the upgrade, with 100 family historians invited to provide feedback during a six-week trial period, before the improved site went live.

The registry holds records of births, deaths and marriages that took place in Queensland between 1829 and the present day.

While Queensland started compulsory registration of life events in 1856, the registry also holds some church records of life events between 1829 and 1855.

There are now more than 11 million historical images across six million life events for Queenslanders to search.

Due to the registry’s certificate access policy provisions, which protect the identity of individuals, the following records are accessible to anyone through the family history research page records:

  • births up to 1919
  • marriage records up to 1943
  • death certificates up to 1988.

The registry’s historical records can be searched and ordered through the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages website at https://www.qld.gov.au/familyhistory