I didn't always feel this way, but for many years now I have incorporated certificate purchases into my monthly budget (yeh, I am an addict and would prefer to buy certificates rather than go out to dinner).
We are very fortunate in Australia as our certificates usually contain a lot of information that you cannot obtain elsewhere.
The birth certificate of my Great Great Grandmother, Charlotte Drayton, helped further my research in many ways.
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- Middle name "Esther". Children are often named after grandparents. Research revealed that Esther was the name of Charlotte's grandmother.
- Fathers age, occupation and place of birth. It was a surprise to see that Samuel Drayton was from America. He is the only American ancestor in the family.
- Mothers age, place of birth and prior name. This led me to find records of Sarah arriving in Australia with her prior husband and children from her first marriage.
- Sisters name and age
- Year and place of marriage. I couldn't locate the marriage until I obtained this certificate. The marriage was recorded under "Raiton" rather than "Drayton". Neither Samuel or Sarah could sign (showing they were uneducated and likely poor) so it was probably written the way it was pronounced.
Don't forget to also check the names of witnesses as they often lived nearby or were family, which provides another direction for research.
I have bookmarked my favourite websites for researching Births, Deaths and Marriages;
FamilySearch free indexes - https://www.familysearch.org/
Australian State Registries - http://australia.gov.au/topics/law-and-justice/births-deaths-and-marriages-registries
www.ryersonindex.org (death notices and obituaries - primarily NSW)
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ausvic/mwi.htm#W (Marriage Witness Index)
Please let me know if you have any other websites that you can add.
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