Births, deaths and marriages

Researching your family history

State Records and Births, Deaths and Marriages both hold a large collection of records that may help you research your family history.

State Records

State Records holds records covering almost every facet of state and local government administration within South Australia, offering valuable insight and knowledge about the lives of South Australians. The records which may assist family historians include those relating to schools, hospitals, jails, asylums, immigration and emigration, railways, local government, inquests, deceased estates and employment within government.

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Services available for Aboriginal family research

State Records provides services to Aboriginal people in the spirit of reconciliation and in recognition of their right to access personal information held in government records. The records can help members of the stolen generations identify and become reunified with members of their families that were separated as a result of past government policies.




8343 6800

In person

Members of the public may access archived records in State Records' research centres, which hold many indexes and search tools to assist with the identification of records. Trained and experienced reference officers are also available to help you.

Records of a confidential or sensitive nature may be subject to access restrictions. Please contact State Records for advice on accessing restricted records.

State Records of South Australia
115 Cavan Road 
Gepps Cross


State Records of South Australia
GPO Box 464 
Adelaide SA 5001

Births, Deaths and Marriages

Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) registers specific life events and provides certificates for:

  • birth
  • death
  • marriage
  • change of name
  • adoption.

Some records are also available from Genealogy SA.

More detail has been recorded on certificates over the years. Use the tables below to determine if the certificate you are applying for includes the information you need.

Birth certificates - information included by date

DetailYear of appearance
Date of birth 1842
Place of birth 1908
Name 1842
Sex 1842-1907, then since 1980
Mother’s name 1842
Mother’s age 1908 - 1992
Mother’s date of birth 1993
Mother’s residence 1908
Mother’s birthplace 1908
Mother’s occupation 1993
Father’s name 1842
Father’s age 1908 - 1992
Father’s date of birth 1992
Father’s residence 1908
Father’s birthplace 1908
Father’s occupation 1842
Year of parent’s marriage 1908 - 1979
Number of previous issue, living and deceased 1908
Informant 1842
Date and place of parent’s marriage 1980
Name and date of birth of previous issue, living and deceased 1993

Death certificates - information included by date

DetailYear of appearance
Date of death 1842
Name 1842
Sex 1842
Age 1842
Place of death 1908
Profession 1842
Usual residence 1842
Cause of death 1842
Place of death 1842
Informant 1842
Birthplace 1908
Length of residence 1908
Age at marriage 1908
Number of issue, living and deceased 1908
Place of burial 1948
Marital status 1968
Name of spouse 1968
Date of birth 1990
Parent’s names 1993
Name, date of birth of issue, living and deceased 1993

Marriage certificates - information included by date

DetailYear of appearance
Date and place of marriage 1842
Bride and groom's names 1842
Bride and groom’s ages 1842
Bride and groom's rank (occupation) 1842
Signatures and descriptions 1842
Name of clergyman 1842
Condition (marital status) 1868
Trade 1857
Residence 1857
Father's names 1857
Bride and groom's place of birth 1908
Bride and groom's country of birth 1908
Mother's names 1964

Accessing BDM records

Visit Births, Deaths and Marriages to find out if you are eligible to apply for recent certificates.

Access and privacy restrictions do not apply for:

  • marriage records more than 75 years old
  • birth records more than 100 years old
  • death records more than 30 years old.

Related information

Other websites

Genealogy SA - family history research services with a strong South Australian emphasis
National Library of Australia - provides the facility to search for records online
National Archives of Australia - specific focus on family members who served in the Australian armed forces and those who migrated to Australia in the 20th century

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