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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. The historical image you buy will be available for you to download and print from your own computer after you pay (from the receipt page) and in your QGov account.

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. The historical image you buy will be available for you to download and print from your own computer after you pay (from the receipt page) and in your QGov account.

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 (in a DL envelope, 110 x 220mm).

Definitions

Within these terms and conditions the following definitions and interpretations apply.

RBDM refers to the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, a division of the Department of Justice and Attorney-General
DJAG refers to the Department of Justice and Attorney-General
We (and us) means RBDM
You means the legal entity or entities using the RBDM family history research service
RBDM webpages means the webpages located on the Queensland Government website dedicated to the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages containing the equipment, programs and services to allow you to locate historical life event records and to order a historical image or certificate
RBDM provisions are those as set out below
Historical record is a digital image of an original historical life event record held by RBDM or a printed certificate of a historical life event recorded by RBDM
QGov refer to the Queensland Government account system, a business area with the Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works
QGov account refers to a Queensland Government account created by you
QGov website means a website that is owned and operated by QGov and through which you access purchased digital images of historical life event records
SSQ refers to Smart Service Queensland, a business area within the Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works
SSQ website means a website that is owned and operated by SSQ and through which payment of your request for a historical record will be processed
Last updated
28 May 2018
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