Australia, New South Wales, Alphabetical Index to Newspaper Cuttings (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Access the records: Australia, New South Wales, alphabetical index to newspaper cuttings 1841-1987 .

Collection Time Period

Most events included in the records date from approximately 1841-1987. Information included in the cards may predate 1841. A very few earlier records do exist.

Record Description

Newspaper cuttings are pasted to the cards. In some cases the information is extracted or typewritten on the cards, and these include the name of the newspaper that published the event.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in most of the cards include:
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  • Name of individuals who were born, married, or died
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Place of marriage
  • Date of marriage
  • Place of death
  • Date of death
  • Place of burial
  • Name of spouse
  • Names of children
  • Names of parents
  • Names of siblings
  • Short biography (in case of obituaries)
  • Date of arrival in Australia
  • Place of residence

How to Use the Records

If a person is unable to find an ancestor in the vital, church, or immigration records, this card index would be a good next source to check

Record History

People used to place an ad in the local newspaper to announce a birth, marriage, or death. This information was later extracted into an alphabetically filed card index. Information included in these cards is primarily for marriages and deaths, but does include some births. There are a few cards with information extracted from the 1811 census, Thomas Mutch index, probate index, vital records, etc. Population coverage is not comprehensive. The majority of the records are from New South Wales, but there are a few from Queensland.

Why This Collection Was Created?

This collection was created to more readily assist in locating information regarding a birth, marriage, death, obituary or other miscellaneous information about an individual that appeared in a newspaper.

Record Reliability

Information related to the immediate event is probably accurate. The accuracy of other information given would depend on the knowledge of the informant.

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Related Wiki Articles

Australia Newspapers

Queensland Newspapers

Australia Obituaries

Contributions to This Article

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from the record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you do not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Example of a Source Citation for a Record Found in This Collection

"Australia, New South Wales, Alphabetical Index to Newspaper Cuttings, 1841-1987" index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch,org: accessed March 17,2011). entry for Algernon Thomas Smith,citing Newspapers, FHL micorfilm 001,514,729; Greenwich Stake Geneological Library, Greenwich , New South Wales, Australia.

Citation for This Collection

"Australia, New South Wales, Alphabetical Index to Newspaper Cuttings, 1841-1987", database, FamilySearch; from Greenwich Stake Genealogical Library. "Alphabetical index, newspaper cuttings, births, marriages & memoriums (Australia)". Greenwich Stake Genealogical Library, Greenwich, New South Wales, Australia. FHL microfilm, 9 reels. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

The suggested format for citing FamilySearch Historical Collections is found in the following article: Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections