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South Australia Births Deaths and Marriage Registry

The SA BDM Historic Index search page allows searches for:

BIRTHS (1842-1928)

DEATHS (1842-1972)

MARRIAGES (1842-1937)

Other databases include:

Newspaper Birth Notices Index Births: 1839-2018

Newspaper Death Notices Index from 1852

There are also indexes for divorces, school admissions and hospital and asylum admissions.

Copies of BDM certificates can be ordered through the website

State Library of South Australia

The  State Library of South Australia has several catalogues on-line but has not digitized records to any extent.  

The  State Library of South Australia has the following collections that may be of interest:

--The Saville collection of 'The Advertizer' Funeral Notices 1971-2021


--Photographs of old colonists (male and female). 1872-1881. Mostly Anglo-Saxon colonists but you might find images of the old German colonists as well. Useful for fashions of this period.  

South Australia State Records

The Department of State Records of South Australia has some on-line collections:

--Passenger list 1845-1940

--Probate and succession duties

--Census returns 1841


Most of the digitized collections are available through Family Search.  

South Australia Maritime Museum

The South Australian Museum holds a number of collections.:

--Bond Studio Glass negatives

--Passengers in History: A portal where you can serch for immigrants names and ship and port names

Family History South Australia

--Society has published a number of databases including naturalizations

The Manning Index of South Australian History

South Australia History Hub

The Polish in South Australia

--The Polish Hill River district is now celebrated for fine Reisling wine.  Originally settled by Polish immigrants fleeing  political persecution in the mid-1800's.  They farmed small acreages.  The small catholic church is still in use today and is treasured by the  South Australian Polish community (most of whom arrived as WWII refugees.) Unfortunately there are no living descendants of those early Polish settlers.

South Australia Migration Museum

Pionneers of South Australia

Burra History Group:   Copper was discovered in 1845 and mining commenced in 1846.Some of the original miners were early German immigrants to South Australia

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