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Online Resources & Links

Civil Registration began in: Tasmania - 1 Dec. 1838; Western Australia - 9 Sept. 1841; South Australia - 1 Jul. 1842; Victoria - 1 Jul. 1853; New South Wales - 1 Mar. 1856; Queensland - 1 Mar. 1856; Northern Territory -24 Aug. 1870; Australian Capital Territory - 1 Jan. 1930.

The following states were part of New South Wales: Tasmania until 1825; South Australia until 1836; Victoria until 1851; and Queensland until 1859.

The Northern Territory was part of South Australia from 1863 to 1911.

Family History Links and Resources 

This list is by no means a complete list of what is available online.  It is however designed as a starting point for anyone interesting in looking into their family history online.  More detailed lists of Australian Genealogical resources can be found on CoraWeb and Cyndi's List (please see links to these sites under "Portals".)

Commercial Sites
World Vital Records

Free Sites


National and State Family History Societies and Organisations
The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)
Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies Inc

Australian Capital Territory 

New South Wales 

Northern Territory 



Western Australia 
Lord Howe Island GenWeb Project
Norfolk Island GenWeb Project

Specialised Family History Associations & Groups
Mary Wade Family History Association - This association exists to assist descendants of Mary Wade (Second Fleet convict) with their genealogy, the large online tree includes some 'in-laws' information which others may find useful. The website includes many photos, stories and information about the many families related to Mary Wade.

Genealogy Communities on Facebook

These following links are to communities (of which I am a member and highly recommend) of fellow researchers who are always willing to offer advice and assistance to anyone researching their family.

1841 - 1939 & Beyond Genealogy Discussion Group
Australian Family History Genealogy Ancestral Research
Australian Genealogy
Convicts to Australia Research
Genealogy Addicts UK & Worldwide
Genealogy Addicts Photos and Stories (filling in the GAPS)
Genealogy My Ancestors Came to Australia

History Related Communities on Facebook

Abandoned Houses Australia
Abandoned Pubs Australia
Abandoned Shops Australia
Australia Looking At Times Past
Australia Old Pioneer Photos
Australia Remember When
Australian History what you may not know?
Australian People Through the Years
Australia - Vintage Photos of Cities and Towns in Australia
Historic Australia
Ivor's Heritage, History & Memories
Old Australian Photos
Old Shops & Stores of Australia & New Zealand
Old Time Photos Of Yesteryear
Research Australia Early History
School Photos of Australia
Vintage Australia
Vintage & Retro Australia
Vintage Memories-Australia through time

Old NSW Album

Historic Sydney 
Historic Sydney & NSW Waterways
Lost Sydney
Nostalgic Sydney
Old Industry Sydney
Old Sydney Album
Old Sydney Burial Grounds
Remembering Sydney
Sydney Harbour History
Sydney Then and Now
Sydney's Eastern & Southern Suburbs Heritage, History & Memories
Vintage Sydney (Australia) Heritage, History & Memories

Back in Time, Photos from the Illawarra
Blue Mountains & Lithgow Memories History & Heritage
Hawkesbury Happenings, History & Memories
Hills District Memories (Sydney, Australia) Heritage, & History
Lost Wollongong
Museum Macarthur
Old Griffith & NSW Album
Parramatta & Cumberland District Heritage, History & Memories
Penrith-St. Marys District Memories


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