Researching your family history

Government departments hold a large collection of records that may help you research your family history.

  • Births, Deaths and Marriages - certificates
  • State Records SA - records of state and local government.

You can apply for a digital image of a historical certificate which may help you research your family history.

Anyone has access to:

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

You’ll need to provide basic information about the family history search, such as names and dates of birth. We'll then conduct a search and email you a digital image of the certificate if a record is found.

Births, deaths and marriages

Births Deaths and Marriages don't provide an online search facility, however some records are also available from Genealogy SA, who provide family history research services with a strong South Australian emphasis.

More detail has been recorded on certificates over the years. Use the tables below to see if a certificate includes the information you need.

Information included on birth certificates

DetailYear of appearance
Date of birth 1842
Place of birth 1908
Name 1842
Sex 1842 to 1907, then since 1980
Mother’s name 1842
Mother’s age 1908 to 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 to 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 to 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

Information included on death certificates

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

Information included on marriage certificates

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

State Records

State Records holds archival records created by state and local governments in South Australia.

The records include:

  • schools
  • hospitals
  • jails/gaols
  • asylums
  • immigration and emigration
  • railways
  • local government
  • inquests
  • deceased estates
  • employment within government.

Contact State Records of South Australia for help researching your family history.

People of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island descent can ask for help by making an Aboriginal access inquiry.

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