Department of the Attorney General

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Researching your family history

The Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages has more than 2.6 million records relating to people who were born, married or died in WA.

Searching WA online indexes

Did you know you can search Western Australian historic birth, death and marriage indexes from 1841 onwards?

Privacy restrictions

Certificates held by the Registry contain sensitive and personal information and restrictions may apply.

State Library of WA

The State Library has a number of resources for family historians including convict and immigration records, information for tracing Aboriginal family history and the Genealogy Centre.



Birth, death and marriage certificates hold important information to help trace your family history, such as the names and birth dates of your ancestors and their parents, children and spouses.

Aboriginal family history

Through the Department of Indigenous Affairs, Aboriginal people can access resources such as the Tindale Collection and historical Government records to find out more about their family history.

State Records Office

The State Records Office has a range of important historical records such as passenger lists, convict records, court case files and wills.