Services provided by Family and Personal History

Queensland Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Locating birth, death and marriage information

It was not until the late 1930s that the births, deaths and marriages of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders were routinely registered with the Queensland Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages

If you have not been successful in finding the certificates of family members you are researching, Community and Personal Histories may be able to assist by providing copies of other types of records with similar information.

Community histories and long term research projects

Family and Personal History provide assistance to students, academics and private researchers undertaking long term or wide ranging research. The Department's records have been used for research into:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voting rights in Queensland
  • aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander activism in Queensland
  • Indigenous labour in the pearling industry
  • land tenure histories.

Native title

Family and Personal History provides copies of records that may be used in native title determinations and Indigenous Land Use Agreements. If you are involved in native title research please give Community and Personal Histories as much notice as possible as there may be extended waiting periods due to the high demand for this service.

See also

Family and Personal History may be able to assist you with information on a specific person for:

  • Torres Strait Islander tombstone openings
  • published biographies
  • eulogies.

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent

Family and Personal History may be able to assist you by providing copies of documents relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent. You may need this information to apply for Proof of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. However, Community and Personal Histories cannot provide you with a Proof of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent letter. The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) has a web page, Confirmation of Aboriginality or Torres Strait Islander Heritage, that can be of use.

Work histories

Family and Personal History can provide information or records that can help document the work history of those Aboriginal people or Torres Strait Islanders formerly controlled by the Queensland government under the 'Protection' Acts.

For all services, please Lodge a request for research or contact Family and Personal History.

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