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In 1856, Queensland started compulsory registration of life events. We hold records of life events (births, deaths and marriages) that took place in Queensland between 1829 and present day.

It is free to search historical records online. You can then buy a:

  • historical image for $21.40
  • historical certificate for $30.00.

You do not need to provide proof of ID to purchase a historical record.

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Historical records are:

  • births that took place more than 100 years ago
  • marriages that took place more than 75 years ago
  • deaths that occurred more than 30 years ago.

We also hold some historical church records for:

  • baptisms and burials between 1829 and 1856
  • church marriages between 1839 and 1856
  • marine birth and death records until 1920
  • death records for service personnel who enlisted in Queensland for World War I and World War II.

How we offer historical records

You can buy Queensland historical records as:

  • an image of the original register (if available) that you can view, download or print from your own computer. The link will be active for 14 days
  • a certificate printed on historical paper that we post to you.

Historical images

Historical images are scanned copies of the life event records held in our registers. These images are not certified by the Registrar-General and cannot be used for official purposes.

We have made sure you get the best quality image of each record—age will affect the condition and how easy some records are to read.

We do not provide prints of images.

Scans of church birth, death and marriage records up to 1856 may have 20 records on a page. Records from after 1856 will usually have 1 image on a page.

Find out how to download and save an image.

Historical certificates

Historical certificates show the same information that you would see on historical images.

To print a certificate, we transcribe the information from the historical image and print on historical certificate paper. These certificates bear the Registrar-General's seal and cannot be used for official purposes.

You cannot download the image of a certificate, we will post it to you.

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Events before 1856

Life events before 1856 have a registration number beginning with 1854, this may not be the year of the event. To find these records, search between 01/01/1829 and 31/12/1856.

What do we mean?

If you find a record for John Citizen born 01/01/1835, the registration number will start with 1854 even though the event happened in 1835.

Available historical certificates and images

We make more historical birth, death and marriage records available each year.


  • 1829 to 1918—images and certificates


  • 1829 to 1979—images and certificates
  • 1980 to 1988—certificates only


  • 1829 to 1943—images and certificates

Last updated
2 March 2017
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