Australia, Queensland, Immigration Indexes (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Australia, Queensland, Immigration Indexes, 1864-1940 .
This article describes a collection of records at
Queensland,  Australia
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Location of Queensland, Australia
Record Description
Record Type Immigration Registers
Collection years 1864-1940
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Queensland State Archives

What is in This Collection?

This collection contains immigrant registers from the state of Queensland in northwestern Australia, covering the period 1864-1940.

Image Visibility

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images of digitized records available for all users. Due to record custodian restrictions, there are no available images of these records at this time.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following list indicates potential information given in immigration registers, but it must be remembered that every record may not provide all of the listed information.

Immigrant Registers may contain:

  • Full name of immigrant
  • Name of sponsor or depositor
  • Estimated age
  • Date arrived
  • Ship name and number
  • Port of Entry and date of arrival

Collection Content

This collection contains three different registers of Queensland immigrants, each separated by time.

To view the index categories, choose the "Immigration" option from the list of categories. In the list you will find the following indexes:

  • Queensland Nominated immigrants 1908-1922
  • Queensland Immigration Registers 1922-1940 (Immigration 1922-1940)
  • Register of immigrants 1864-1878

Once you have chosen the index you want to search, you can enter a name into the fields below the list, and click "search."

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 for future reference. See below for assistance in citing this collection
  • Use the information which has been discovered to find more. For instance, use the estimated age to calculate an approximate year of birth, if that is yet undetermined
  • Remember that the family structure reported in these passenger lists are a snapshot of the family at one moment in their lives. Other relations may have not traveled with the family, died previously, or were born afterwards
  • Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Remember that individuals might not be listed with their immediate families, as they often migrated with neighbors, distant relatives, or other associates. Sponsors or depositors were often relative to immigrants, but there were also professional sponsors who were unrelated to the immigrants they sponsored

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, such as place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, 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 in a church record. See Abbreviations Found in Genealogy Records for some common examples of abbreviations. Note that some women reverted to their maiden name when their husband died, and therefore could have immigrated 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
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Don't overlook FHL Place Australia, Queensland items or FHL Keyword Australia, Queensland items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Australia Archives and Libraries.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"Australia, Queensland, Immigration Indexes, 1864-1940" Index. FamilySearch. : accessed 2017. Citing Queensland State Archives, Queensland.

Record Citation:
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