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Historical registration images

Historical registration 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. You will be able to save and print the image yourself.

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

Historical source images

Historical source images are scanned copies of the records which are from the informant to the event. These images include scans of original registration forms collected from the informant of a marriage or death or the parents of a child in the case of a birth.

Not all events will have source images.

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. You will be able to save and print the image yourself.

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.

Last updated
28 May 2018
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