Over 14,000 useful rate payer records

• Published online for the first time

Really useful for researching your local family history

Family history website findmypast.com.au, together with the Bega Valley Genealogy Society Inc. have been working together to publish over 14,000 rate payer records for the first time online. These records are now on findmypast.com.au and will greatly assist researchers tracing their family history in the Bega Valley Shire area.

In 1884 the Municipality of Bega was formed, and together with the Mumbulla and Imlay Shires both formed in 1907, provided local government of the Bega Valley. All three amalgamated in 1981 to form the Bega Valley Shire Council. It is now one of the largest shires in NSW, ranging from the Victorian border in the South, Cobargo in the North, Benboka and Cathcart in the West and the Pacific Ocean to the East.

The rate indexes include property owners and many occupiers and can show where and when their ancestors lived in the Bega Valley Shire.  It can follow their movements as they changed addresses and will show if they lived in their properties or rented them to others.

Ursula Hunt from the Bega Valley Genealogy Society Inc. commented: “These records are a wonderful resource when searching for information on people from the Bega Valley Shire. These indexes provide information on property owners and occupiers, so are very helpful when gathering important information on your ancestors from this area. Having them on findmypast.com.au is really exciting as they are now much more easily accessible for everyone. “

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Index to Ratepayers & Occupiers 1885-1939, Municipality of Bega, New South Wales

Index to Ratepayers & Occupiers 1907-1953, Mumbulla Shire, Bega, New South Wales

Index to Ratepayers & Occupiers 1907-1958 Imlay Shire, Bega, New South Wales