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1. Port Macquarie and Districts Family History Society, Inc
This society is one of many family history groups along the mid north coast of New South Wales, Australia.  It is very active and recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.  The society has a significant library of family history related information available in conjunction with local studies material at the Port Macquarie Library.  Well worth joining if you live in the area or pay them a visit if you are in the area.
2. Society of Australian Genealogists
The premier family history society in Australia.  Founded over 70 years ago, it currently occupies a unique heritage building in the heart of Sydney.
3. Trove - Searchable Australian Newspapers
This is the National Library of Australia (NLA) web site which allows searchable internet access to many Australian newspapers generally published from 1803 through to 1954 although some go later. It contains digitised copies of the very important Sydney Gazette (1803-1842) and Sydney Morning Herald (1831-1889) as well as many other national, state and regional newspapers. A wonderful place to look for obituaries of your ancestors.

Click here to view the newspapers and date ranges digitised - and scroll down to 'Coverage'.

Click here to go straight in to the search page

Click here to see which newspapers are coming

4. Google Newspapers Archive
This was an overly ambitious project by Google to digitise all historical newspapers and make them freely available on the internet. Whilst the majority of newspapers in this list are NOT Australian, it does have the Sydney Morning Herald right up to 1989. Unfortunately, there are a lot of gaps in the Sydney Morning Herald papers at this site and they are generally not searchable, however the quality it better than that available through the State Library website of historical newspapers but you will need a date. For deaths it is recommended you use the Ryerson Index.
5. Cemetery Records
There are many people and organizations putting their cemetery records on the internet from where they may be searched.   The following list mainly refers to internet sites with search facilities that I have found useful in my research.  There are many others.
Australian Cemetery Index website (over 40,000 burials with images in over 330 NSW, Qld and Tas Cemeteries) Australian Cemeteries by OzGen Online (ALL cemeteries in Australia with links on how to obtain information about burials) Old Sydney Burial Ground 1792-1820  (This is a downloadable MS Excel File)
Rookwood Anglican & General Cemeteries From 1867 Rookwood Jewish Cemetery 1867-
Catholic Cemeteries Board (Rookwood, Field of Mars, Liverpool & North Rocks) Easter Suburbs Memorial Park (Botany)   Woronora Cemetery and Crematorium (Sutherland Shire Council)
Macquarie Park Cemetery Manly Cemetery Mona Vale General Cemetery
Frenchs Forest Bushland Cemetery (1940-) Hawkesbury Cemeteries Gore Hill Cemetery (St Leonards) 1868-1974
Gosford Cemeteries (Point Clare & Wamberal)
St. Thomas' Church, North Sydney 1847-1950 St. Thomas' Church, North Sydney 1847-1950 - Photographs St Patrick's RC Church, Parramatta 1824-
Newcastle City (Gloucester, North Waratah, Old Christchurch, Old Wallsend, Stratford, Tarro)         (Currently unavailable) Sandgate Cemetery Hunter Valley Cemeteries
Heaven Address Southern Highlands of NSW
Tenterfield Cemetery Parkes NSW  Forbes NSW (Not the cemetery but a very useful listings of deaths in Forbes)
Clarence Valley Cemeteries (Grafton District) Lismore Cemeteries, Crematorium & Memorial Gardens Tweed Heads Cemeteries
Blue Mountains Cemeteries Goulburn Old General Cemetery Canberra
Yass Cemeteries Wagga Wagga Cemeteries Shoalhaven Burial & Cremation Records
Broken Hill Cemetery
Brisbane Cemeteries Moreton Bay Region Cemeteries Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery
South-East Queensland Cemeteries Headstone Photo Collection Bundaberg Cemeteries
Greater Metropolitan Trust (Melbourne) Altona, Anderson's Creek, Burwood, Coburg, Emerald, Fawkner, Healesville, Keilor, Lilydale, Northern Memorial, Templestowe, Werribee, Williamstown and Yarra Glen) Southern Melbourne Area Cemeteries (Springvale, Bunurong & St Kilda) Geelong Area Cemeteries (Winchelsea, Portarlington, Mount Duneed, Lorne, Leopold (Kensington), Grovedale (Germantown), Geelong Western, Regional & Eastern, Flinders, Drysdale (Bellarine) and Barrabool Hills)
Cemeteries in S W Victoria Also has links to other Victorian Cemeteries
South Australia Grave Photographs In Aug 2013 over 700 cemeteries with nearly 300,000 photographs. Cost $2.50 per image via PayPal.
6. Locating Death, Funeral, etc, Notices
These websites allow searching for recent notices appearing in Australian newspapers.
Fairfax Archives Herald Sun Australian Daily Funeral and Death Notices (from 2012; suggested by Ryerson)
Current Australian Death Notices, Funeral Notices and Obituaries (from 2005)
7. Sands Directories
The firm of John Sands Ltd (Printers and Stationers) published their directory each year from 1858-59 to 1932-33 (except for 1872, 1874, 1878 and 1881). The household and business information it contains has become a fundamental source for research into Sydney history, especially family history. The City of Sydney has now obtained a complete digital edition of the directory from W & F Pascoe, scanned from the microfiche, and it is  available for searching from their website by clicking here.  This is the first time a complete set of Sands Sydney, Suburban and Country Commercial Directory has been made available online.
8. Family Search Website
This is the internet family history data repository run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, where you can search the  Ancestral File, International Genealogical Index, Pedigree Resource File, and web sites. Their catalogue of available and digitised records which may be searched can be found by clicking here. To to directly to the Family Search web page to find Australian indexed records, click here..
9. Coraweb
The best Australian website for finding out which family history sources are available to Australian researchers. Its Australian content is excellent and comes with appropriate links to overseas sources as well. For the researcher, this website is like an on-line catalogue of family history relevant internet sources.
10. Ancestry.Com
An online resource for tracing family history, providing one simple search of million's of names contained in a comprehensive and diverse collection of online genealogical databases.
11. Genealogy Search Australia
Genealogy Search Australia is a free, non commercial site for the amateur or professional genealogist.
12. New South Wales Births, Deaths and Marriages
Search the indexes to births (1787-1915), marriages (1788-1965) and deaths (1788-1985) for New South Wales for free. Click here to read an article about errors in the Registration District of earlier indexes on CD-ROM and on
13. Victorian Births, Deaths and Marriages
Search the indexes to births (1853-1912), marriages (1853-1942) and deaths (1853-1985) for Victoria, or the church baptisms, marriages and burials in Victoria 1836 to 1853. After many years of complaints, the Victorian BDM records are now free to search and there is no change to view the results..
14. Victorian Wills
Index to Wills, Probate and Administration Records 1841-1925. This is a database where you can search for names of people who underwent the probate process in Victoria. If you find an entry, you can look at the actual will and associated documents all for free..
15. Queensland Births, Deaths and Marriages
Search the indexes to births (1829 to 1914), marriages (1829 to 1938) and deaths (1829-1983) for Queensland without charge. Please note this site has recently been upgraded and marriage and death indexes extended. Also, the search interface has been improved however, it is now mandatory to enter a start date which must be in full, e.g. "01/10/1904". Because the underlying search data has the actual date available (even though you will never see it), it is possible to determine the actual date of an event by doing progressive searches using a process called 'binary chop'. Click here for a detailed explanation of how to determine the event dates.
16a. South Australian Genealogy & Heraldry Society Inc - SA DEATHS & BURIALS
This site contains a searchable database of the records held by the society covering births (1842-1928), marriages (1842-1937), deaths (1842-1972), cemeteries, and newspaper ads for births (1960-) and deaths (1972-).
16b. South Australian Shipping Records (1836-1961)
17. Western Australia Index of Birth, Deaths and Marriages 1841-1905
Search the indexes to births (1841-1932), marriages (1841-1936) and deaths (1841-1976) for Western Australia for free. To search, click the drop down combo box after "Select the information you would like to search for" and choose either 'births', 'marriages' or 'deaths'.
18. Convict Transportation Registers
This web page is located on the State Library of Queensland website and has a searchable database of over 123,000 of the estimated 160,000 convicts transported to Australia in the 18th and 19th centuries. It is taken from the 1787-1867 British Convict transportation registers compiled from the British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm. The located records contain names, term of years, transport ships, etc but you are not able to view the actual microfilm images.
19. State Records of New South Wales
State Records is the New South Wales Government's archives and records management authority. Their web site is the portal to the documentary history of the state and they have dozens of on-line indexes from convicts, land, immigration, divorce, deceased estates, etc. They are now trialling a new feature which provides access to scanned microfilm images - at present these are from NRS 5316, NRS 5318 and NRS 5320 - Persons on Bounty Ships.
20. National Archives of Australia
The National Archives promotes good government record keeping and encourages community awareness and use of valuable Commonwealth records in its care.  This is a great site for ordering WW1 and WW2 service records.
21. Ryerson Index of Deaths in Australia
The Ryerson Index is an index to death notices appearing in current Australian newspapers and currently has nearly 2 million entries from over 140 newspapers. It also includes some funeral notices, probate notices and obituaries. To support this strictly volunteer organization, please access this site by going directly to and not using Google or any other search engine.
22. Mariners and Ships in Australian Waters
Masters, crew, a stowaway or two; passengers, cabin, saloon and steerage; births at sea, deaths at sea; deserters; vessels with one crew and one passenger and those with 70 crew and hundreds of passengers; simple single sail boats, barques, brigs, large steam ships; whaling voyages, regular coastal passenger trips, voyages from other Australian ports, London, San Francisco, China and other exotic ports - you will find them all here.   It currently (January 2004) covers 1870 to 1874, about 50% of 1875 and 1876, all of 1877 and 1878 (except July 1878), and January 1879 only.  I know other periods are currently being indexed. 
23. Passenger Leaving Victoria 1852-1923
This database is a searchable list of passengers travelling on ships leaving Victoria for interstate, United Kingdom, New Zealand and foreign ports between 1852 and 1908.A search can be made by passenger names, ship name or departure date to obtain a reference to the microfilm copy of the lists available only in the Public Records Office of Victoria reading rooms. Further installments to 1923 are planned.
24. Government Gazettes - Victoria, New South Wales and Port Phillip
This site has a searchable on-line archive of historical government gazettes for New South Wales (1836-1851), Port Phillip (1843-1851) and Victoria (1851-1997). Government Gazettes publicise the official notifications of government decisions and legal actions and are valuable sources.

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