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|Category||Records||Time Period||# Records||Last Updated||More Info|
|BDM Registrations||Birth Registrations||1842 to 1928||727,659||17 Dec 2020|
|Death Registrations*||1842 to 1972||606,099||17 Dec 2020|
|Marriage Registrations||1842 to 1937||228,603||02 Apr 2022|
|Newspaper Notices||Newspaper Births# **||1839 to 2018||911,984||17 Dec 2020|
|Includes Birthdays and Birthday memoriam (some incomplete years).||1967 to 2018|
|Newspaper Death Notices#||From 1852||1,775,537||24 Mar 2022|
|Includes Deaths, Funerals, In Memoriam, Lest We Forget and Return thanks.|
|Newspaper Marriages#||1852, 1859 to 2018||415,877||27 Jul 2021|
|Includes Matrimonial Petitions||1859 to 1893|
|Includes Engagements, Approaching Marriages, Marriages and Wedding Anniversaries||1852, 1889 to 2018|
|Newspaper Divorces||1879 to 1954||12,920||17 Dec 2020|
|Cemeteries Burial Records||South Australia Cemeteries#||1836 onwards||606,269||17 Dec 2020|
|Includes Adelaide Catholic burials and some Funeral Directors.|
|Church Records||South Australian Church records - Baptisms#||1839 onwards||40,482||17 Dec 2020|
|South Australian Church records - Burials#||1845 onwards||2,222||17 Dec 2020|
|South Australian Church records - Marriages#||1842 onwards||36,230||27 Jul 2021|
|Admission Records||South Australian School Admissions#||1877 onwards||111,640||01 Apr 2022|
|Hospital, Asylum and Lying-in Home Admissions#||1839 to 1940||228,855||10 Feb 2021|
|Other Records||All Other Records#||1836 onwards||1,095,220||16 Aug 2022|
|Biographical Index of South Australians#||1836 to 1885||197,191||17 Dec 2020|
|Irish Born South Australians (IBSA)#||36,194||18 Dec 2020|
|Ship passenger arrivals in South Australia#||1836 to 1952||277,959||17 Dec 2020|
|Ships to South Australia#||14,822||17 Dec 2020|
|South Australian Public Trustees/Deceased Estates#||1840 to 2018||233,166||01 Apr 2022|
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* Please note, we do not have original death registrations from 1968 to 1972, only index records, therefore we cannot transcribe death registrations between 1968 to 1972.
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