Monday, November 01, 2010

New Australian resource on Ancestry

New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Coroners' Inquests, 1796-1942This database contains registers of coroners’ inquests for New South Wales, Australia, for the years 1796–1942. Coroners were responsible for inquiring into any unnatural or sudden deaths in their jurisdiction. They also investigated deaths when a body was unidentified, a cause of death was uncertain, or the deceased was in the care of the state. Coroners could investigate fires that caused destruction of property, as well. Magistrates could take depositions about circumstances of death in more remote areas where no coroner was available.

Coroners' registers can contain information similar to that found on a death certificate. Depending on the date and the form used for the inquest, records in this database may include the following:

name of deceased
estimated date and place of death
date and location of Inquest
verdict of inquest (probably cause of death)
name of the coroner or magistrate
name of doctor
occupation of deceased
personal property belonging to deceased

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