Australia, Victoria, Inquest Deposition Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description

This collection contains digital images of court inquest records from the Public Records Office of Victoria. The years covered include 1865-1925. Record text is in English; earlier records are handwritten.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

Victoria, Australia. Public Records Office. Inquest Deposition Files. Public Records Office of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in this collection may contain the following information:

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  • Name of Reporter
  • Date of Report
  • Name of Subject
  • Name of Relative

How to Use the Record

Beginning Your Search

To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of ancestor
  • Place of residence before time of event
  • Approximate year of death

Searching the Images

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Record Type" category
⇒Select the "Year" category
⇒Select the "File Number" category which will take you to the images.

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

Using the Information

When you have found information that you are looking for, consider the following:

  • Look for new information about your ancestor. Add this information to what you already have recorded about your ancestor.
  • Use the death date to search for a civil or church death record. The death date will allow an easier search in the collection New Zealand, Probate Records, 1878-1960
  • Look for your ancestor in census records taken prior to the death.
  • Use the death date and the place to search for a cemetery record. To search for a death record, use the Australia, Cemetery Inscriptions, Sydney Branch Genealogical Library, 1800-1960 collection to find a death date
  • If the information that you have found contains a spouse, search for the marriage to give you a marriage date.

Can't Find Information?

If you can't find any information about your ancestor, consider the following information to help you in your search:

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Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.

Citing Family Search Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should 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 did 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.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

“Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” images, FamilySearch ( accessed 28 February, 2012), La Plata > San Ponciano > Matrimonios 1884-1886 > image 71 of 389 images, Artemio Avendano and Clementina Peralta, 1884; citing Parroquia de San Ponciano en la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Matrimonios. San Ponciano, La Plata, Buenos Aires.