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Friday, November 20, 2015

A quick mud map of death search resources in Victoria, Australia

Need to knock some relatives from Victoria, Australia off your tree? 
These are the online sources I most frequently use to find deaths in Victoria.

Birth, death and marriage registrations:
Now free to search the indexes! If you find the one you want you can pay to download an image.

Electoral rolls:
Use the electoral rolls to find out the person’s full name, where they lived, and when they disappeared from the roll (could be when they died).

Death notices:

Wills and Probate:

In some cases you will find burial records, in some you will find headstone information. If you can, get both.

I can’t cover every cemetery, but generally speaking…

  • Google “Cemetery near place, Victoria” where ‘place’ is where the person lived.
  • Look for cemeteries on Australian Cemeteries. It has links to online databases, headstone images sites or contact details for each cemetery.

Burial registers

Some of the bigger search sites in metropolitan areas that cover multiple cemeteries are:


Headstone lists (photos available on request) for many cemeteries outside of metropolitan areas can be found on Carol's Headstone Photographs.

BillionGraves has enough coverage of Victoria that it’s worth trying.


Good luck!


  1. Thanks for this compilation - have shared with my FHG.

  2. For recent deaths:
    With the information from this site you can then send a post office money order (yes they do things the old way!) for $23AU and receive an emailed copy of the probate including a death certificate within a few days.

    1. Thanks Jenny! That's a great hint.
      Have you used the service often? I wondered if there was always a death certificate if you order from them, or if you were just lucky. Getting the death certificate thrown in for the price makes it a bargain!
      For others reading this - the index Jenny linked to covers grants made in 1970 up to today so it covers a few very recent years that PROV doesn't.