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We hold records of life events (births, deaths and marriages) that took place in Queensland, from 1829 to present day.

Historical records are available to anyone online, without proof of ID.  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 historical church records for:

  • baptisms and burials between 1829 and 1856
  • church marriages between 1839 and 1856
  • some marine birth and death records to 1920
  • some death records for Service Personnel who enlisted in Queensland for World Wars 1 and 2.

To access more recent records, you need to apply for a birth, death or marriage certificate by post or in person.  Access to these records is restricted and you must satisfy our certificate access policy to see them.  You do not have to do this for historical records.

Find out more about our certificate access policy.

Events before 1856

In 1856, Queensland started compulsory registration of life events. When you search for historical records online, these earlier life events fall outside our standard date range.

To find these records, search between 01/01/1829 and 31/12/1856.

Life events before 1856 have a registration number beginning with 1854, this may not be the year of the event.

What do we mean?

Well for example, 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.

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12 December 2016

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