What’s the login for?

The login is used for 2 purposes:

  1. Members can login and gain access to discounts and extra information stored online. Find out more.
  2. Non-members can register a new account (during the check-out process) to purchase transcripts and research services online.

Online Database Search

What you Can Search

You are about to search the following Genealogy SA databases:

  • Newspaper Birth Notices Index from 1960 onwards
  • Newspaper Death Notices Index from 1972 onwards
  • South Australia Cemeteries Index
  • Birth Registration Certificates Index 1842 - 1928
  • Death Registration Certificates Index 1842 - 1972 (Certificate transcriptions to 1967) 
  • Marriage Registration Certificates Index 1842 - 1937

The default name setting is for an exact search. An exact search should be tried first, but a much wider 'Soundex' search is availlable by deleting the tick next to the surname box. Specifying a date range for your search can speed the search process. The indexes for Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates have date restrictions due to government regulation. Read the story of the Genealogy SA BDM Certificates.

We know the database search boxes are very limited, and are a result of a decision taken more than two years ago. Plans are in hand for a radical upgrade of this search model, and we are aiming for the next version to be on-line by the end of 2014.

Great!  A Result!  Is there any more?

If your search narrows down to a person of interest, remember that you have only searched an index. An index is usually an extract taken from a more detailed source document. If you get a result from our index and you want more details, order a source document transcription or lookup, which you can do online through this website. Please note that the Transcription or Lookup requires human intervention, so it can take our volunteers a week or two to complete the work.

 No!  Didn't find a thing?

Well don't quit yet!    If you are certain your missing relative should be in South Australian records, try varying your search criteria. Indexes sometimes have spelling or other errors, often reflecting an error in the original document. Untick the 'exact matches' box and look for different spellings, places or time periods. 

Since Genealogy SA has published the Births, Deaths and Marriages indexes, there has been a marked increase in the number of people contacting us about errors they believe they have found. This is not unexpected when you consider the many potential sources of errors. A few errors have crept in during our index creation process, but there are lots of errors in the original documents, caused by Registrar copying errors, informant errors, and by informants who could not read the entry to check on the Registrar staff. The Society will receive advice of suspected errors, and may be able to correct index errors in the future, where we can access the original source document. Contact the webmaster or our research co-ordinator.

Be persistent and try different ways of searching. If your efforts don't help your research, or you still face a brick wall, you could always consider a Genealogy SA Research Request.