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The Ry­er­son In­dex

Those with Aus­tralian her­itage may be in­ter­ested to learn about the Ry­er­son In­dex ( ry­er­sonin­dex.org). This is a free in­dex to death no­tices in Aus­tralian news­pa­pers from 1803 to the present day. Its main fo­cus is on pa­pers from New South Wales.

1 Nav­i­gate to the home­page and click on the ‘Search Ry­er­son’ but­ton on the top right-hand side of the web­site to be­gin the search.

2 Now en­ter the de­tails of the per­son you are search­ing for. In our ex­am­ple here we are look­ing for a no­tice for a Wil­liam Aird who died in Syd­ney in the 1850s. En­ter those de­tails and click ‘Search’.

3 All rel­e­vant re­sults will ap­pear. Here, there is one re­sult for Wil­liam Aird from two dif­fer­ent news­pa­pers. You will not be able to view the ac­tual death no­tice here but will have to con­sult the orig­i­nal news­pa­per, which can be found at the Bri­tish Li­brary or on Trove at trove.nla.gov.au.

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