South Australian birth, marriage and death indexes online

Anyone with South Australian ancestors will be excited to learn that the birth, marriage and death indexes for South Australia are now online at the Genealogy SA website.


The following indexes are available:
Birth Registration Certificates Index 1842-1928
Marriage Registration Certificates Index 1842-1916
Death Registration Certificates Index 1842-1972
Newspaper Birth Notices Index from 1960 onwards
Newspaper Death Notices Index from 1972 onwards

You can search by surname, first name or initial, and year + or – 7 years. Once you find the entry you’re looking for, you can click on the More Info button and request a transcription from the South Australian Genealogy & Heraldry Society.

Ancestry launches Convicts’ Applications to Marry for Valentine’s Day

Ancestry has launched a new database, ‘Registers of Convicts’ Applications to Marry’ in time for Valentine’s Day. The registers from the State Records Authority of New South Wales cover the period 1826-1851 and the information given includes name, age, birth year, spouse, whether or not permission was granted and the date of permission or refusal.

This database, along with all the rest of the Ancestry content, can be searched within the State Library building. To access it go to our website at and select How Do I Find – Electronic Resources – Databases by Category – Family History – Ancestry Library Edition.

Have you tried using the FREE Ancestry library edition database at the State Library?


Ancestry library edition is a subscription database, similar to the popular, where you can search for information on your ancestors free within the State Library building.

Popular databases include:

  • Australian convict index 1788-1868
  • UK census records and images for 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901 covering England, Wales, Scotland, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man but not Ireland
  • US census records and images 1790-1930
  • British Army World War 1 pension records 1914-1920
  • Pallot’s Marriage Index 1780-1837
  • British phone books 1880-1984
  • UK birth, marriage and death indexes 1837-2005 (not complete but worth searching)*

 *Remember that Ancestry is providing access to the indexes not to the original certificates. These will have to be ordered from the relevant registry office

What else can I find?

Other types of records include: parish records, wills, immigration records, directories, land records, court records, newspapers, gazetteers, maps and photographs

What can I do with my results?

To print your results click on Print and follow the on-screen instructions for the best results. Always use the Print Preview option first because there is often a blank page before and after your image.

There is the option to email your results but use this with caution as you can only ever email 5 results to any one email address.

Watch this space!

Family History subject specialists will soon be offering training courses on using Ancestry library edition for interested staff.