Queensland, Australia’s Births, Deaths & Marriages registry is now going online, allowing genealogists to download and view files dating back to the late 1800s. Index searches are FREE.

It is planned that by the middle of 2015, all six million records should be posted. There are privacy restrictions for the newer records, but millions of images are quickly accessible for a $20 fee.

In his announcement of the online program in Brisbane on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie pointed to the original 1899 birth extract of Helen Lyndon Goff in Maryborough – a woman who would eventually change her name to PL Travers and write Mary Poppins.

“Queenslanders have a proud history, and now they can access it with just a click of the mouse,” Mr Bleijie said.

Genealogists can search for births which occurred more than 100 years ago; marriages which occurred more than 75 years ago and deaths which occurred more than 30 years ago.

According to the website, records available are:

  • Births—1829–1914
  • Deaths—1829–1983
  • Marriages—1829–1938

Historical Certificates cost $28 (AU) each and Historical Images cost $20 (AU) each.

I did a Birth search for James Jones and got 89 hits. The following is a portion of the results page that I got. Click on the illustration to do your own search of the births, deaths, or marriages.

James Jones Queensland Birth Search