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Queensland historical records are unrestricted and available to anyone—it is free to search online.

In Queensland we hold historical records of:

  • 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.

You can apply for any Queensland historical record that we hold without supplying proof of ID.

Read about how our certificate access policy may affect your searches.

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How we offer historical records

You can buy Queensland historical records as:

  • a certificate printed on historical paper, that we post to you
  • an image of the original register that you can download, if available.

Find out how to order historical records online.

Get help when ordering historical records online.

Available historical certificates and images

Registering a birth, death or marriage in Queensland has been compulsory since 1856. We will continue to make more historical birth, death and marriage records available each year.


  • 1825 to 1916—images and certificates


  • 1825 to 1979—images and certificates
  • 1980 to 1986—certificates only


  • 1829 to 1941—images and certificates

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 image of each register—age will affect the condition and how easy some records are to read.

We do not provide paper copies of register images.

Scanned images for church birth, death and marriage records to 1856 may have 20 records on a page—records 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.

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12 December 2016

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