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Victorian Cemetery records
A Victorian lady
An unknown Melbourne lady c. 1867
Victorian births, deaths and marriages
Victorian birth, death and marriage information from 1836 onwards is freely available online.
Compulsory registration of births, deaths and marriages began in Victoria on 1 July 1853.
Prior to this date church records contain baptism, marriage and burial records back to 1836.
(Recent records are not accessible due to privacy restrictions. For full copies of the certificates a fee is charged.)
More online resources
Public Record Office Victoria
The archives of the State Government of Victoria, holding official records from the European settlement of Port Phillip in the 1830s to today.
State Library of Victoria
This site provides practical information and lists of resources for anyone interested in finding out more about their Victorian family history.
Wills and probates
Public Record Office of Victoria holds wills and probate records from 1841 to 1925 viewable online.
Victorian Place Names Abbreviation List
This is a list of place name abbreviations used in the Births, Deaths and Marriages registry indexes for Victoria, Australia. Useful for all three versions of the indexes.
Victorian resources available on microfiche
Online resources available at the State Library
The following online resources are available for use onsite at the State Library:
Victorian birth, death and marriage records 1837 - 1888. (Note that records for 1837-1853 are from church records.)
Victorian birth, death and marriage registrations 1889 - 1901.
Victorian birth, death and marriage registrations 1902 - 1913.
Great War index
Victorian birth, death and marriage registrations 1914 - 1920.
Victorian death registrations 1921-1985.
Victorian marriages records 1921 to 1942.
Marine births, deaths & marriages
Births, deaths and marriages on both international and coastal ships bound for Victoria 1853 - 1920. Also searchable by ship's name.
Argus newspaper index
Index to newspaper notices of births 1914-1931 and marriages 1931-1941. (Also searchable on Trove.)
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