While Ancestry, FindmyPast and the like contain many records and information, I personally do not view these as great resources. Ancestry does not respect the copyrights of members’ photos and actually recommends users to copy and paste from other members’ unverified trees. (Don’t do this). I tried to add a basic tree onto Ancestry with photos to prevent others from re-uploading them from my website, but it has become hidden since I do not pay the ridiculous subsription fees.
Note that alot of information may be available at Libraries and Family History Branches that has not yet been digitized (Alot of work goes into putting all of this onto the internet). Many records and post 1955 newspapers are only available on a microfilm. I recommend that you join and visit your local library and consider joining and contributing to Family History Societies.
familysearch.org The best resource for accessing original Tasmanian records on my opinion (far better than Ancestry and the other paid sites that mostly only offer basic transcriptions). Don’t rely solely on the name search, you may need to go through the documents individually to find what you are looking for.
LINC Tasmanian Names Index While it doesn’t contain as recent records as familysearch.org, it has a much better name search function and offers some records which are not available on familysearch. *Note that more recent Tasmanian death and marriage records can be purchased, however, there is no publicly available index, making it difficult to know what you are searching for. For a small fee, the Tasmanian Family History Society can access the ‘Federation Index’ which lists more recent records (deaths and marriages up to 1930) that can be purchased.
Birth, Deaths and Marriages Indexes:
Indexes are not official records, but they are a good way of double checking information. Note that you can purchase the official records, but this is very costly. Newspapers may have more information and Churches may have the official records.
*Note that birth/death/marriage records and similar dated records are very likely to contain name variations, so do not settle on looking for just the current spelling of the name. If a widow remarries, her surname is listed as that of her previous husband, rather than her maiden name.
New South Wales BDM Index This is a superior index to the other states in my opinion. More recent events become visible with each day. On this date, 09 Sep 2017, it contains records for following dates.
Births: -08 Sep 1917 ; Deaths: -08 Sep 1987 ; Marriages: -08 Sep 1967.
Queensland BDM Index On this date, 09 Sep 2017, it contains records for following dates.
Births: -01 Jan 1918 ; Deaths: -01 Jan 1988 ; Marriages: -01 Jan 1943.
Western Australia BDM Index On this date, 09 Sep 2017, it contains records for following dates.
Births: -1932 ; Deaths: -1971 ; Marriages: -1936
Australian Capital Territory BDM Index These are in the form of a PDF documents. Records prior to 1930 are contained in the NSW index.
South Australia BDM Index On this date, 09 Sep 2017, it contains records up to the following dates.
Births: 1842-1928; Deaths: 1842-1972; Marriages: 1842-1937
Birth, Deaths and Marriages Exchanges:
It pays to check in these places before paying for a record. You will need to contact the holder of the certificate. Certificate holder’s contact information should be contained on each of these databases.
Australian BDM Certificates Contains a list of Australian and European records and the email addresses of the holders of each certificate. 28,956 Entries as of Sep 2017. Use ‘Ctrl’ and ‘F’ to open the search box, this is much quicker than scrolling down.
Australasia Births, Deaths and Marriages Exchange *Requires login.
Australian BDM Certificate or Transcription Exchange (Facebook Group) *Requires facebook and admin approval to access the indexes.
Trove Digitised Newspapers: (Highly Recommended) Digitized Australian Newspapers up to 1955 (*Exceptions listed below) with a searchable feature using OCR technology. You can save articles into your own custom lists. *Note you can manually search through the papers to find family notices for a given issue rather than relying solely on keyword searches. This is more reliable than using keywords because many of them are not picked up. Remember, it is easy to contribute to Trove by signing in correcting text where required as you read the article.
The newspapers with editions after 1955 on Trove are listed below in order of total contents:
The Canberra Times (ACT): Freely available on Trove up to 1995.
The Australian Women’s Weekly: Freely available on Trove up to 1982.
Western Herald (Bourke, NSW): Freely available on Trove up to 1970.
The Beverley Times (WA): Freely available on Trove up to 1977.
The Biz (Fairfield, NSW): Freely available on Trove up to 1972.
The Australian Courier (Sydney, NSW): Freely available on Trove up to 2011.
Dutch Australian Weekly (Sydney, NSW): Freely available on Trove up to 1993.
Tribune (Sydney, NSW): Freely available on Trove up to 1975.
The Broadcaster (Fairfield, NSW): Freely available on Trove up to 1978.
Tharnka (Kensington, NSW): Freely available on Trove up to 2010.
The Cumberland Argus (Parramatta, NSW): Freely available on Trove up to 1962.
The Western Tiers (Tas): Freely available on Trove from 1980-2004.
Woroni (ACT): Freely available on Trove up to 2007.
Hamersley (Perth, WA): Freely available on Trove from 1969-1987.
Nepean Times (Penrith, NSW): Freely available on Trove up to 1962.
Filmnews (Sydney, NSW): Freely available on Trove up to 1995.
Good Neighbour (ACT): Freely available on Trove up to 1969.
The Chaser (Glebe, NSW): Freely available on Trove from 1999-2005.
Jamboree Daily (Frankston, Vic): Freely available on Trove for 1934, 1949, 1955, 1964, 1976, 1992, 2007.
Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) Archives (Fairfax Media): *You can search for articles for free but it requires a paid subscription to access the full article. This may be available through your library membership. Contains digitized Sydney Morning Herald editions from 1955-1995.
Sydney Morning Herald and The Age (NSW), Library Edition (Fairfax Media): *You need to pay for a subscription, but this may be available through your library membership. Contains digitized Sydney Morning Herald and The Age editions from 2006-Present.
Newspapers.com *Requires a paid membership of $7.95/month. There is a free 7 day trial, however, it requires credit card information. Australian newspapers include: The Age (Melbourne, Vic) Up to 2000, The Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, NSW) Up to 2002.
Papers Past (New Zealand) Contains digitized searchable newspapers up to 1949.
Ryerson Index (Highly Recommended) An index of Death Notices in Newspapers Across Australia *Currently missing ‘The Advocate” which covers north-west Tasmania.
Central West Newspaper Index An index of entries in the Central West Newspaper in Orange, NSW (1950-1994)
The Last Post (Index to Funerals Across Australia)
Cemetery Name Databases:
Family Lists Contains lists of names from various NSW Cemeteries.
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Canberra Veterans Name Search A mixture of free and paid records. WWI records are free and I believe that WWII records become free to everybody once somebody has paid the fee for that record.