Basics on Australasian Genealogical Computer Index (AGCI)

AGCI (pronounced 'Ag-See') was set up in 1984 to encourage societies to share indexes to their collections in a standardised format. The project is no longer active and indexing work done by the SAG AGCI team is now part of MIDAS.  Four CDs were published by the project.

AGCI Volume 1 contained 3.9 million records contributed by 39 societies. It is out of print but available in many libraries, including the SAG.

You can purchase AGCI Volume 2 (a name index to the NSW Government Gazette 1832-1863), AGCI Volume 3 and AGCI Volume 4 from our online bookshop. 

AGCI is a one-line index, so finding an entry in AGCI is only the first stage of the research process. It is then necessary to check with the organisation which submitted it to AGCI to determine what additional information may be available.  Material held by the SAG is identified with the code NSAG.

An AGCI entry will show:

  • The surname and given name of the person to whom the entry relates
  • The place where the event occurred
  • The date of the event
  • Whether the entry is a cross reference
  • What type of record contains the entry. For example, the entry may come from a cemetery transcription, government gazette, newspaper or a parish register.
  • The exact reference for the entry. This directs the researcher to the organisation which submitted the information to AGCI and gives its reference within that organisation.  Material held by the SAG which has been indexed in AGCI is identified with the code NSAG.

AGCI contains entries that predominantly relate to Australia and New Zealand, but some overseas entries are included. Entries relate only to individuals. There are no listings under place names, companies, ships or broad subject headings.