Australia, New South Wales, Deceased Estate Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Deceased Estate Files
Collection years 1880-1923
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New South Wales State Records Authority


What is in This Collection?

This collection is an index to deceased estate files from the state of New South Wales, covering the period 1880-1923. Availability of records may vary by year and locality.

Researching deceased estates files before 1923 is a complex process, with researchers often having to check up to five different indexes to locate a file. This index simplifies the process by combining all indexes into one searchable database.

New South Wales is one of the states of Australia, located on the eastern coast of the country.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following list indicates potential information given in each record entry. It must be remembered that every entry may not provide all of the listed information.

Deceased Estate Files may contain:

  • Full name of deceased
  • Locality
  • Date of death
  • Date duty paid
  • Item
  • Reel
  • Remarks
  • ID

Image Visibility

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Collection Content

This collection contains an index of estate files of the deceased.

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before beginning a search in these records, it is best to know the full name of the individual in question, as well as an approximate time range for the desired record. When entered into the search engine on the Collection Page, this information provides the quickest, most reliable path to finding the correct person. Of course, other information can be substituted as necessary.

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page to return a list of possible matches. Compare the individuals on the list with what is already known to find the correct family or person. This step may require examining multiple individuals before a match is located.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the index entry record for future reference. See below for assistance in citing this collection
  • Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Note that family members often appear on an individual's vital records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • When looking for a person with a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which individual is correct. Use other information to determine which candidate is the correct person. If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted in other records
  • Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names. Remember that it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name. Note that some women reverted to their maiden name when their husband died, and therefore could be listed under their maiden name
  • Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible candidates which can then be examined for matches
  • Search the records of nearby localities. While it was uncommon for an individual in this period to move more than about 20 miles from their place of birth, smaller relocations were not uncommon

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation

"Australia, New South Wales, Deceased Estate Files, 1880-1923." Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing "Deceased Estate Files 1880-1923". New South Wales Government.

Record Citation:
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