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What You Can Search

You are about to search the following Genealogy SA databases:

  • Birth Registration Certificates Index 1842 - 1928
  • Death Registration Certificates Index 1842 - 1972 (Certificate transcriptions to 1967*
  • Marriage Registration Certificates Index 1842 - 1937
  • South Australia Cemeteries Index includes Adelaide Catholic burials 1845 - 1895 and some Funeral Directors
  • Newspaper Birth Notices Index Births: 1839-2018 and 
    Birthdays: 1967 - 2018 (some incomplete years**)
  • Newspaper Death Notices Index from 1852
    (includes Deaths, Funerals, In Memoriam, Lest We Forget, etc. some incomplete years)
  • Newspaper Divorces Index, Adelaide newspapers 1879 - 1954. 
    Matrimonial Petitions and related documents 1859 - 1893.

* Please note, we do not have original death certificates from 1968 to 1972, only index records, therefore we cannot transcribe death certificates 1968 to 1972.

** Newspaper births - non-members are provided with a limited view, members are provided more detail and have the service available to order look-ups. Non-member look-up requests will be refunded immediately, the look-up service will not be available to non-members.

Before requesting a birth, death or marriage certificate, check our What is in a Certificate When? document. This lists all of the the fields that may be available in the certificate that you request.

Our index records contain abbreviations that are defined on our site at Abbreviations Explained

Search Tips

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.

Use the wildcards to search for parts of names, or names that begin or end with certain characters, * for multiple characters and ? for one character. eg.  If searching for Joraslafsky or anything similar, enter *lafsky to find anything that ends in lafsky. 

Likewise, if you want to find someone born in 1888 with Last name beginning with L, you enter Date 1888 and Last name L*. This will give you hundreds of results to wade through.

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.

Transcriptions and Lookups are processed on Monday and Fridays, you can expect a response within one week.

No!  Didn't find a thing?

Well don't quit!  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. 

People often contact us about errors they believe they have found. The Society will receive advice of suspected errors, and we may be able to correct index errors in the future, where we can access the original source document. Please send error reports to 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.