If you are looking to trace your family history, one of the most valuable resources available to you is the NSW Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) registry. The information contained in these records can help you piece together your family tree, uncover long-lost relatives, and learn more about your ancestors’ lives. However, searching through these records can be a time-consuming and frustrating process. Here are some tools and techniques that can help make NSW BDM research easier and more efficient.
Understanding NSW BDM Records
Before you start searching for NSW BDM records, it is important to understand what kind of information these records contain. Birth certificates typically include the full name of the child, date of birth, place of birth, parents’ names and occupations, and sometimes even the address where the child was born. Death certificates usually contain the deceased person’s full name, date of death, place of death, cause of death, age at death, occupation (if applicable), spouse’s name (if applicable), and parents’ names (if known). Marriage certificates generally include the full names of both spouses at their time of marriage along with their ages or dates of birth as well as their parents’ names.
Accessing NSW BDM Records Online
One way to access NSW BDM records is through an online search portal such as those provided by Ancestry.com or Findmypast.com.au. These websites allow you to search for specific people or families within a certain range of years based on their name(s), location(s), date(s) or event type(s). They also provide access to digitized copies of actual certificates that have been scanned from microfiche copies held by the Registry.
Utilizing Other Online Resources
Other online resources can help you find additional information beyond what is contained in the BDM records themselves. For example, Trove is a digital library that contains millions of digitized Australian newspapers from as far back as the 1800s. By searching for an ancestor’s name or relevant keywords, you may be able to find news articles about their life and even obituaries that provide additional details not found in the BDM records.
Visiting NSW BDM Registry Offices
If you prefer to access NSW BDM records in person, you can visit one of the registry offices located throughout New South Wales. These offices have trained staff who can help you locate specific records and answer any questions you may have about the search process. Additionally, some offices offer access to microfiche copies of older records that are not available online.
In conclusion, researching NSW BDM records is an important part of tracing your family history and uncovering your ancestors’ stories. By utilizing online search portals and other resources as well as visiting registry offices in person, you can make this process more efficient and effective. Remember to take notes and document your findings along the way so that you can create a detailed family tree that will be treasured for generations to come.
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