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Research codes

Family history (births)

We use a unique registration number to locate the full registration. It is made up of:

  • year of registration
  • index prefix letter or letters (see below)
  • registration number.

Some records may not display an index prefix and some index prefixes have changed significantly over time, particularly in South East Queensland.

For example, a person born in the Brisbane suburb of Windsor in 1957 would have a registration prefix of ‘B’, meaning it was a Brisbane birth. However, as Windsor did not become part of the Greater Brisbane metropolitan area until 1925, a person born in Windsor during 1880 would have a prefix of ‘C’, meaning it was a country birth.

Regional codes

CodeMeaning

B

Birth registration took place in Brisbane
C (or no code) Birth registration took place outside Brisbane

Birth codes

CodeMeaning

M

Marine birth—happened at sea and was then registered at the first port of call in Queensland
O Memo birth—registered more than 60 days after the date of birth. A memo birth was sometimes late registration
R Late registration—registered more than 60 days after the date of birth
BBP Church record of baptism—transcribed from church records from 1829 to 1855. These are baptism records not birth records

Family history (deaths)

We use a unique registration number to locate the full registration. It is made up of:

  • year of registration
  • index prefix letter or letters (see below)
  • registration number.

Some records may not display an index prefix and some index prefixes have changed significantly over time, particularly in South East Queensland.

For example, a person who passed away in the Brisbane suburb of Windsor in 1957 would have a registration prefix of ‘B’, meaning it was a Brisbane death. However, as Windsor did not become part of the Greater Brisbane metropolitan area until 1925, a person who passed away in Windsor during 1880 would have a prefix of ‘C’, meaning it was a country death.

Regional codes

CodeMeaning

B

Death registration took place in Brisbane
C (or no code) Death registration took place outside Brisbane

Death codes

CodeMeaning

M

Marine death—happened at sea and was then registered at the first port of call in Queensland. There may or may not be details of burial
F Australian Imperial Forces death—happened overseas during World War I for service personnel who enlisted in Queensland. There may or may not be details of burial
S World War II death—happened overseas during World War II for service personnel who enlisted in Queensland. There may or may not be details of burial
BBU Church record of burial—these records have been transcribed from church records from 1829 to 1855. These are records of burials not death records

Family history (marriages)

We use a unique registration number to locate the full registration. It is made up of:

  • year of registration
  • index prefix letter or letters (see below)
  • registration number.

Some records may not display an index prefix and some index prefixes have changed significantly over time, particularly in South East Queensland.

For example, a couple married in the Brisbane suburb of Windsor in 1957 would have a registration prefix of ‘B’, meaning it was a Brisbane marriage. However, as Windsor did not become part of the Greater Brisbane metropolitan area until 1925, a person born in Windsor during 1880 would have a prefix of ‘C’, meaning it was a country marriage.

Regional codes

CodeMeaning

B

Marriage registration took place in Brisbane
C (or no code) Marriage registration took place outside Brisbane

Marriage codes

CodeMeaning

BMA

Church record of marriage—these records have been transcribed from church records from 1829 to 1855