THE RYERSON INDEX

to death notices and obituaries in Australian newspapers

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RIP
Joyce RYERSON
died 30 August 2012, aged 95

WHAT IS RYERSON?

The Ryerson Index is a free index to death notices appearing in Australian newspapers. The date range covered extends from the Sydney Gazette of 1803 up to newspapers published within the last week or so. The Index also includes many funeral notices, and some probate notices and obituaries.

In 2020, we commenced indexing notices from Funeral Directors' websites. This was in response to the mass closures of regional newspapers which occured in the second quarter of 2020.

Because the Index was originally created by the Sydney Dead Persons Society, its strength lies in notices from NSW papers - including in excess of two million notices from the Sydney Morning Herald alone. However, the representation from sources in other states continues to grow, with additional papers and funeral directors being regularly added, so that the Index can now truly be considered an Australian index.

Indexing is being continuously carried out by a team of volunteers, too numerous to mention individually, who give freely of their time to ensure the site continues to grow. Site updates generally occur weekly.

The index itself cannot by definition be considered a primary source of data, but is purely a research aid to direct the researcher to the original source of a notice. We at Ryerson cannot undertake genealogical research for you, we are too busy indexing!

WHAT'S NEW WITH RYERSON?


26 January 2022

We have now turned on the ability to display ALL entries from a specific newspaper or Funeral Director which has no more than 20,000 entries in Ryerson. This covers more than 90% of the sources we index.


A Special Appeal to
Family and Local History Societies

We always welcome Family History or Local History Societies who are interested in indexing the notices from their local paper or funeral director. We find members of such societies make excellent indexers, because they know their local area and the names associated with it, and usually have a personal interest in the notices they are indexing.

If your society would like to contribute to Ryerson, please contact us via the link at the left of the screen.

Indexing Vacancies

We currently have the following vacancies for indexers:

capital city dailies: no vacancies!

regional papers: numerous vacancies eg Albury, Burnie, Eden, Gilgandra, Longreach, Kempsey, and many others.

If you are able to help out with indexing any of these papers, please contact us.

We have access to the .pdf version of all the capital city dailies, so you do not require your own access to be able to index. However, regional papers will (in most cases) require you to have access to the paper (either print or digital).

Melbourne Help Required

We need people with access to The Age back issues on microfilm.

Our coverage of the years 2001-2004 is very weak, because these years are not available online. For earlier years, our source (Google Newspapers) has not filmed every issue, so we also have numerous gaps in our pre-1990 indexing.

We need people with access to The Age on microfilm to locate the notices for the missing days, save them as .pdf and send them to us. No indexing is required (unless you want to!) - we only need your time spent in a library.

If you can help, please contact us via the link on the left.


Notices Indexed by Decade
(as at 6 November 2021)
1803-1899
1900-1909
1910-1919
1920-1929
1930-1939
1940-1949
1950-1959
217,755
71,327
146,647
177,246
274,414
436,775
467,518
 
1960-1969
1970-1979
1980-1989
1990-1999
2000-2009
2010-2019
2020-2029
467,361
507,678
548,035
750,558
1,758,927
1,958,997
203,896
FREE TO SEARCH!
Search site last updated
22 May 2022
(next planned update
28 May)
464 Newspapers and websites
8,291,035 entries
(including more than 4 million entries from the past 30 years, which you won't find on any of the state BDM websites!)

Still can't find what you want? Then try the Australian Cemeteries Index


Ryerson and Facebook
As of 19 February 2021, Facebook banned the Ryerson Index page - presumably as collateral damage in their ongoing war with the Australian Federal Government.

Consequently, Ryerson has now unfriended Facebook, and we will no longer maintain our page on their site.


Can You Help?
Is your local paper currently included in Ryerson? If not, then why not take on the task of indexing the notices for us?

Do you have access to a library or other repository which has microfilm copies of newspapers available? We are always in need of people who can copy notices for us to index.

If you can help, please contact us via the link at the left of the screen.



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