About historical searching
You can search the history of a block of land and research family history through the register book. It contains certificates of title and other information about property. Some searches are free but others may attract a fee.
Historical information available includes:
- name indexes for Real Property Act records from 1858 to 1975 which include names of crown lessees from the mid 1880's
- Real Property Act records - eg certificates of title and transfers
- survey plans
- some crown leases
- historical maps showing land tenure.
To conduct a search you will need:
- the name of the property owner or crown lease
- historical or pastoral name of the property - eg Mount Eba
- the time period in which the property may have been bought
- the property location - eg address, section number, hundred name.
How to conduct historical searching
You can access historical land information through the South Australian Integrated Land Information System (SAILIS).
Land Services staff will not conduct historical searching on your behalf.
Video tutorials have been created to provide a starting point for those wishing to undertake historical searching and you are encouraged to view these before starting your search.
Not all historical information is available online and some records are kept at Land Services. These are available to the public Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
Other sources of historical information include:
- Local councils
- State Records of South Australia
- State Library
- National Archives of Australia
- Department of Water and Environment
- South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society
- Professional Historians Association of South Australia
Old systems section records
The general registry office holds deeds and records of land that were freehold between 1837 and 1858. You can search the records from 1842 to the present for land that does not fall under the Real Property Act 1886. A name-based index is available but some records may need permission from the owner prior to being released.
The general registry office is open to the public from Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 4.00 pm.