Since 2017, church registers containing name-linked information which are held in the Sydney Diocesan Archives have been digitised via Ancestry.com and made available to the public. Ancestry has indexed the registers, so you can search for entries via the name search function. The database is called: “Sydney, Australia, Anglican Parish Registers, 1814-2011”. The types of registers which have been digitised include: Baptism Registers; Burial Registers; Confirmation Registers and Marriage Registers, although more recent registers may be closed for a set period. This is a continuous process. Ancestry is a paid subscription service. Local and State libraries may provide free access on their public computers. During COVID-19 the State Library of New South Wales has now made it possible to sign up for a Library card online, and access Ancestry remotely. These services continue to be free for NSW residents.
Please note that for family history purposes, most of our early church registers for St Michael’s Wollongong have been microfilmed by the Society of Australian Genealogists (SAG) and are held in conjunction with the State Library of NSW (SLNSW).
Here is a list of the records the SAG and SLNSW hold in their databases and microfilm.
St Michael’s Regional Cathedral WOLLONGONG
Baptisms 1839-1964 (6 vols) ~ reel nos. 0120-0125
Confirmations 1889…1898 ~ reel no. 0125
Confirmations 1900…1908 ~ reel no. 0120
Confirmations 1918-1949 ~ reel no. 0127
Marriage Declarations 1876-1880, 1885-1892 ~ reel nos. 0120-0125
Marriages 1839-1974 ~ reel nos. 0120-0125
Burials 1839-1982 ~ reel nos. 0120-0125
We do NOT have access to records from these times. So all except the most recent family history inquiries should be directed to the SAG or SLNSW.
More information can be discovered via the Sydney Anglican Diocesan Archivist’s page for family historians.