This morning I read a post,Australian vital records indexes on Ancestry, from Chris Paton of Scottish GENES in which he told of this new index's addition to the Ancestry site.
As I have a full subscription to Ancestry.co.uk I decided to explore the database to see if I could find any extra info on my family. For my searches I used a family name, Pusell. After just a ten minute play I wrote this response on Chris' post:
"Chris, Have just tested out the new Australian BDMs on Ancestry - there appear to be some holes.
For deaths of Pusell there are only 12 records for the whole of Australia; on the free NSW Registry indexes (http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/) that give the same amount of information there are 27 records for NSW!
As for births Ancestry lists 20 (for the whole of Australia) the same number as the NSW indexes list.
Ancestry lists 80 Pusell marriages whilst the NSW index lists 19 male and 36 female marriages.
The lesson here is that one should check multiple sources"
I have set aside some time today to further exploer the Ancestry indexes but am wondering how other genealogists with Australian interests find them.