Series VPRS 7292
Index to Early Church Records
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Date Range: Series ? 1853 - 1985
  Series in Custody 1837 - 1985
  Contents 1837 - 1854
Public Access: Part Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1853 - 1873 Registrar-General's Department VA 2889
1873 - 1893 Office of the Registrar-General and the Office of Titles, (known as Land Victoria 2001 to 2014; Land Use Victoria 2014 - ct.) VA 862
1893 - 1983 Office of the Government Statist and Actuary VA 989
1983 - 1985 Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (including 1983-1986 Assistant Government Statist, Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages) VA 983
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1983 - cont Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (including 1983-1986 Assistant Government Statist, Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages) VA 983
1985 - cont Public Record Office [also known as Public Record Office Victoria from c.1996] VA 683
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
  • How to use the Records
    For births, deaths and marriages prior to 1853, researchers may refer to an electronic database known as the Pioneer Index. It was compiled from the records in this series. The date range of the Pioneer Index is 1836-1888.

    Entries in the index were made in chronological and alphabetical order mainly.

  • Function / Content
    Official (government) registration of births, deaths and marriages commenced in 1853. Prior to this date records of baptisms (births), burials (deaths) and marriages were kept by churches. After 1853 these records were required to be sent to the Registrar-General's Office. It is believed that not all churches complied with this provision and that many church records were either destroyed or remained with the churches.

    This series includes a microfiche copy of an index to those Early Church Records received at the Registrar-General's Office and the hardcopy index consisting of five volumes, with some entries appearing in more than one book.

    It is not known when the index books were compiled. The end date of the series date range is derived from the date of creation of the microfiche (circa 1985). The books were probably created by Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) long before that date.

    The original microfiche was made by BDM; the Public Record Office had some duplicates generated subsequently.

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P0001 1837 - 1854 Open 1
P0002 1837 - 1854 Closed 6
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