Not everyone knows that you don't need to purchase the BDM indexes to use offline on your PC. Here's how.
The indexes are available in "txt" file format at archive.org
Historical Victorian Births/Deaths/Marriages (Australia) stored as CSV data.
Index to Births 1836-1920 (131.0M)
Index to Deaths 1836-1985 (159.5M)
Index to Marriages 1836-1942 (101.8M)
Alternatively, you can download them via a torrent file.
Next, you will need Notepad++. Download the latest version and install. It's free.
Just some basics to get you going.
So, drag and drop the txt files on to the Notepad++ icon.
This is it. May be slow to open on some computers. They are big files. You can slide the tabs to change the order in which you see them.
Okay. Click the search icon (binoculars). Take note of the settings (circles). Enter search term.
Note how I formatted it.
And here's the results of that search. Take note of
the way entries are formatted. Important if you want to try different search
To copy a line entry, just right click and copy. Then
paste it anywhere you like. You can highlight multiple entries in a row and copy
You can leave your
results there for reference and continue searching or clear them. Again, right
It's not perfect! Known Death Index Mistakes.
Known Birth Index Mistakes.
"Sandhurst" (Bendigo) in a number of births was mis-transcribed from "Sand" or "Sa Nd," and should be "Sandridge" (Port Melbourne)
(Please note, that's not all of them. A lot are Sandhurst)
1883,26380,,Kilby,Ethel May Victoria,Frederick Ralp,Vent
1880,12950,,Landorf,Louise Florance,Henry Robert,Brown Louise