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Civil registration in New South Wales commenced in 1856, though it seems to have taken several decades for all events to be registered. In an effort to increase compliance, for a period birth registration was allowed without the child's name being recorded, so the index says "UNNAMED". The Registry also hold copies of some church registers for the period 1788-1855, and these are included in the indexes (sometimes with multiple entries, probably due to the inclusion of bishops transcripts).
Indexes are available online at http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/Pages/family-history/family-history.aspx. The periods covered are:
- Births: from 1788 to 100 years before this year (so 1788-1909 in 2010).
- Deaths: from 1788 to 30 years before this year (so 1788-1979 in 2010).
- Marriages: from 1788 to 50 years before this year (so 1788-1959 in 2010).
Note that indexes for birth registrations for 1788-1918 are also available on CDROM, held by various libraries.
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