B is for Birth Place.
Sources from which I have discovered an exact place of birth (a town or parish) include:
- census records
- names of family houses or farms
- death certificates
- marriage certificates in Queensland, NSW or Victoria
- birth certificates of the subject's children born in Queensland, NSW or Victoria
- hospital admission registers
- benevolent asylum records
- mental asylum records (insanity files)
- military service records
- inquest files
- documents in Supreme Court probate files
- newspaper notices (marriage, death, obituary etc.)
- newsletters / magazines published by clubs, churches, societies or occupational groups
- memorial plaques in churches
- cemetery burial records
- church registers of baptism, marriage and burial
- Police Gazettes
- Police Station and Police Department records
- naturalisation records
- registers of teachers
- police staff files
- files on dentists who had difficulty being recognised by the Board
- immigration records (especially 20th century)
- personal family papers, diaries, letters, bibles etc
- any of the above records for the subject's brothers or sisters.
These are just the sources that I can think of right now. Some of these sources are online at (for example) FindMyPast (Australia) and FindMyPast (UK).
Where else have you found a reference to the exact town or parish in which a person was born?
You will find more tips for family history in my other articles in this series. If the information and advice is useful, have a look at this page.