Family history research
Owing to scheduled maintenance, customers may experience interruptions to the online historical indexes between 6:00pm Saturday 18th May to 6:00pm Sunday 19th May.
We apologise for any inconvenience.
The Queensland Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) classifies a historical life event as a birth that occurred more than 100 years ago, a death that occurred more than 30 years ago, or a marriage that took place more than 75 years ago.
You can buy historical life event certificates from BDM without providing proof of identity. BDM will soon be introducing a new online ordering service which will make it easier to purchase these certificates.
You can search our historical indexes free of charge. Index records are available for births registered up to and including 1914, deaths registered up to and including 1983 and marriages registered up to and including 1938.
Instructions and useful tips to help you get the most from using the online historical index search facility, including a list of abbreviations used in the records.
Anyone can apply for certificates of births that occurred more than 100 years ago, marriages more than 75 years ago and deaths more than 30 years ago.