New South Wales Genealogy

Use these New South Wales genealogy resources to find your ancestors’ birth, marriage, death, migration, criminal, census and burial records.


Births, Marriages and Deaths


Census & Electoral Rolls

  • New South Wales Census 1891
    These records include an index with images of census returns from 1891 for New South Wales.
    To protect individual privacy, all national censuses were destroyed after statistical information was collected. The New South Wales 1891 census was one of the few census records that survived the destruction.
  • New South Wales Census 1901
    Search more than 255,000 records in this collection.
  • NSW Electoral Rolls
    This collection which covers the years 1903, 1913 and 1935 includes over 2.2 million records.

Crime & Convicts

  • Braidwood Gaol Entrances 1856-1899
    A register of entries of the gaol. The reason for admission and the exact dates were not included.
  • Free Settler or Felon?
    Search the Free Settler or Felon database from the Search Box above to find your Newcastle or Hunter Valley ancestor. There are now over 167,000 references to Convicts, Settlers, Townsfolk, Bushrangers, Innkeepers, Soldiers and Land Owners. Search by First Name, Last Name, Ship or all three. Information about the voyages of approximately 350 convict ships and the Surgeon Superintendents who accompanied them can be accessed via the Convict Ship Index and Surgeon Superintendent Index.

Local History



  • Biographical Database of Australia
    BDA is a new research tool for historians and genealogists comprising transcripts and indexes of many original records and published biographies of deceased individuals who arrived in or were born in Australia, starting from the earliest times.This first release contains convict, muster, census, baptism, marriage and burial manuscript records for most of the New South Wales population 1788-1828, for Norfolk Island and Tasmania 1802-1811, and many immigrant and convict records from 1829-1837 along with full text of short biographies of 11,000+ residents of most colonies/states published 1881-1907.
  • NSW Police Roll of Honour
    The Honour Roll commemorates those members of the New South Wales Police Force who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the execution of their duty.This official NSW Police Honour Roll records the name, rank, date and a precis of each death which has been accepted as duty-related by the various Commissioners (and Inspectors General) of Police of the day.
  • Central Coast Family History Society
    The Central Coast Family History Society (Australia) was formed in 1981 when a small group began to meet over coffee to exchange ideas regarding research into their family histories. As interest grew, and membership increased it became necessary for a more formal approach, thus the first election of Officers was held in April, 1983.
  • New South Wales Family History Document Service
    Over 30,000 pages of online records for family history research in New South Wales, Australia.