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How to Locate Persons in Australia

by Stephanie Breaux

Locating a person can be a challenging task. If you're looking for a person in Australia, this task is made easier by the numerous resources available on the Internet. Online Australian government archives index specific information on persons living and dead. The only thing you'll need is the person's full name.

Search through the South Australian State Records website, linked in the Resources section. You will be able to search for individuals either living or dead. To begin a search, select the "Access Collection Catalogue" link toward the top of the page. Once the page loads, select "Searching" on the left-hand side of the screen. Under "Searching," click on "Name Search." A page will appear that will allow you to search for specific names.

View the database at the National Archives of Australia website, linked in the Resources section. This website provides a comprehensive database of over six million records relating to a wide range of different government agencies. These agencies include those that keep records of living and deceased people. By selecting the "Name Search" option at the bottom of the page, you will be able to search through records of people from Australia.

Search through the Australian white and yellow pages. By searching through phone numbers, you may be able to locate the individual you are looking for. A link in the Resources section will help you get started.

Visit the Australian People Search website, linked in the Resources section. This website is not a search engine, but it provides links to various websites that have additional information for locating people in Australia. You will be able to find links to websites with information on individuals living in certain areas of the country. For example, if you are looking for a person living in New South Wales, selecting "New South Wales" within the "People Search by Location" section will provide useful links for gathering further information. Most of these links are to official government agencies that keep records of people.

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