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She teaches at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. our editorial process Kimberly Powell Updated March 01, 2019 Research and explore your New South Wales, Australia genealogy and family history online with these online New South Wales genealogy databases, indexes and digitized records collections—many of them free! The following links lead to birth, death, marriage and cemetery records for Sydney and other locations around New South Wales, plus census records, incoming passenger lists, convict records and more. 01 of 11 NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages Henryk Sadura / Getty Images The New South Wales Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages offers a free online, searchable Historical Index of Births, Marriages and Deaths which covers births (1788-1915), deaths (1788-1985) and marriages (1788-1965). The free index includes some basic details, often including parents' given names for birth records and spouse's name for marriage records, but full information is only available by ordering a copy of the birth, death or marriage certificate. 02 of 11 Divorce Case Papers - New South Wales, Australia (1873-1930) Search this free, online index from the State Records Authority of New South Wales to locate the full names of both respondents and the year of divorce for both divorces and judicial separations. At present this index is complete for the years 1873-1923, and is still being updated to cover the years 1924-30. For additional information, you can order the full divorce case file for a fee. 03 of 11 Assisted Immigrants arriving in Sydney, Newcastle, Moreton Bay and Port Phillip These passenger lists record immigrants to New South Wales whose passage was subsidized or paid for through one of the several assisted immigration schemes from the United Kingdom and other countries. The index covers Port Phillip, 1839-51, Sydney and Newcastle, 1844-59, Moreton Bay (Brisbane), 1848-59 and Sydney, 1860-96. If you find an ancestor in the index, you can also view digital copies of the Bounty Immigrants lists, 1838-96 online. 04 of 11 The Ryerson Index to Death Notices and Obituaries in Australian Newspapers Obituaries and death notices from 138+ newspapers totaling almost 2 million entries are indexed on this free, volunteer-supported Web site. The concentration is on New South Wales newspapers, specifically two Sydney newspapers the Sydney Morning Herald and the Daily Telegraph, although some papers from other states are also included. 05 of 11 New South Wales Convict Index Six convict databases from the NSW State Archives can be searched at once through a single search form. Copies of the full records are available for a fee. Available convict databases include: Certificates of Freedom, 1823-69Convict bank Accounts, 1837-70Tickets of Exemption from Government Labor, 1827-32Tickets of Leave, Certificates of Emancipation and Pardons, 1810-19Tickets of Leave, 1810-75Ticket of Leave Passports, 1835-69 06 of 11 Cemetery Inscriptions in Sydney Branch Genealogical Library, 1800-1960 Search and/or browse index cards of inscriptions found in cemeteries (primarily public cemeteries) in New South Wales, Australia. Most of the entries are actual monumental inscriptions from cemeteries in New South Wales, but some entries were taken from burial registers. Free online at FamilySearch.org. 07 of 11 Australia, NSW and ACT, Masonic Lodge Registers, 1831-1930 FamilySearch has Masonic Lodge registers and indexes from the Grand Lodge of New South Wales and Australian Captital Territory online in browse-only format for free viewing. Start by browsing the Masonic Lodge Indexes. 08 of 11 NSW - Historical Land Records Viewer Parish and historic maps can provide a wealth of information about local history, family genealogy and your own land and property. This online project is converting the State's rapidly deteriorating parish, town and pastoral run maps to digital images. If you don't know the parish name, use the Geographical Names Register to search by locality or suburb to find the parish name. Some older maps may still be found in the Parish Map Preservation Project. 09 of 11 NSW Register of Gold Leases 1874-1928 This free online index compiled by Mrs Kaye Vernon and Mrs Billie Jacobson includes the name of the lease holder, lease number, date of application, location, remarks, series number, reel/item number, and surveyor’s name. Available on the NSW State Records' Web site. 10 of 11 Mariners and Ships in Australia Waters This free, online, ongoing index lists names of passengers (cabin, saloon & steerage), crew, captains, stowaways, births and deaths at sea, transcribed from the State Records Authority of NSW Reels of the Shipping Masters' Office, Inwards Passenger Lists. Coverage is complete for the period 1870-1878, with partial coverage for the periods 1854-1869, 1879-1892. 11 of 11 NSW Estate & Probate Indexes The State Records Office of NSW hosts free, online indexes to Deceased Estate Files, 1880-1923, Intestate Estate Case Papers, 1823-1896, and Early Probate Records (supplementary probate records, not the main probate series). In addition, Probate Packets for 1817-May 1873 (Series 1), 1873-76 (Series 2), 1876-c.1890 (Series 3) and 1928-32, 1941-42 from Series 4 are available in Archives Investigator.