. . . What's the login for?

What’s the login for?

The login is used so that members can gain access to discounts and extra information stored online. Non-members can register a new account (during the check-out process) to purchase transcripts and research services online. Look for the membership links in the menu, above.

Online Database Search

What you Can Search

You are about to search the following Genealogy SA databases:

  • Newspaper Birth Notices Index from 1960 onwards
  • Newspaper Death Notices Index from 1972 onwards
  • South Australia Cemeteries Index
  • Birth Registration Certificates Index 1842 - 1928
  • Death Registration Certificates Index 1842 - 1972 (Certificate transcriptions to 1967*
  • Marriage Registration Certificates Index 1842 - 1937

* Please note, we do not have original death certificates from 1967 to 1972, only index records, therefore we cannot transcribe death certificates 1967 to 1972.

The default name setting is for an exact search. An exact search should be tried first, but a much wider search is available by deleting the tick next to the surname box. 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.

Searches for names with an apostrophe such as O'Brien and O'Neil will not work. The search will churn without provide results. Remove the apostrophe and search without it, eg. O'Neil will be searched as ONeil.

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.