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About the South Aust. Group

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saarmsThe group assists members with research interest in South Australia to overcome the phobia most people have about it!  There is a great wealth of other source material available to family historians.   Our group hopes to bring these to the attention of researchers.   We also hope to foster contacts with the South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society and to broaden our knowledge of South Australian history and geography to enable us to better understand our heritage.



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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 January 2016 13:47


Contacts & next meeting SA

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10saus << WAGS Central & Eastern Australia + New Zealand Forum


Convenor:           Ian Simon 

Email:                  SIGS Contacts - Convenor - South Australian SIG 


Meetings are held quarterly in the Resource Centre at May St, Bayswater from 2:00 to 5:00 pm on Sundays - usually the fourth Sunday of February, May, August, and November.  Every meeting has a focus topic and sometimes a member or speaker will provide background information.  There is always a problem solving session, so please feel free to bring along your queries and we'll try to provide some light at the end of the tunnel!


Meeting dates for 2019:

Sunday 24 February research in Units 5 and 6, 2pm

Sunday 26 May Unit 4, 2pm 


Sunday 11 August research in Units 5 and 6, 2pm (note date change due to National Family History Month activities)

Sunday 24 November Unit 4, 2pm


Next Meeting

Sunday 24 November  Unit 4, 2pm

"How did my ancestor get to South Australia".

Passenger lists, newspapers and other documents which may give a clue to how my ancestor arrived.

It is also an opportunity to bring along your problems to solve and your successes to share.



The 2019 calendar is available at:



Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2019 16:36

Helpful Hints - SA

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Download brief notes prepared for a talk at the WA State Library for National Family History Month on research in SA. Download here pdf small   SouthAustraliaResearchNotes2017

Anyone with South Australian ancestors must not go past the three following reference "bibles".  With them, researching in SA can be a joy.  All three are available in either WAGS or the State Reference Library.

South Australian History Sources   by Andrew Guy Peake.
The third edition of this invaluable work (2007) contains a wealth of information and guidelines, contact addresses and information sources. Copies can be purchased from the WAGS Bookshop and are in the library for reference or borrowing.

Ancestors in Archives (2002)   A guide to family history sources in the official records of South Australia, ie material generated by state government departments.  Armed with this handbook you can then quote reference numbers of various records and then contact State Records to ask for a quote for the records to be searched, which will be greatly reduced given your ability to pinpoint exact records of interest.  State Records also has an excellent website at:   http://www.archives.sa.gov.au/

Kith and Kin (1994)  A guide to the holdings of the State Library of South Australia, including the Mortlock Library of South Australiana.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 April 2019 10:35


News - SA

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Access to property titles at SAILIS are open again to guest searching of property titles. To search go to the link:


STOP PRESS : As of 8 October 2018 SA State Records are changing their services. For the changes go to:



SA State Records and National Archives in SA

The above organisations have changed operating hours and locations. If you are going to Adelaide check with both organisations for location and opening hours. Find the organisations at:

National Archives at  naa.gov.au

SA State Records at  www.archives.sa.gov.au

Birth-death-marriage databases online

Ancestry.com.au, FindMyPast and GenealogySA (SAGHS) have the South Australian BDM databases online. Ancestry have included the events in their Australian BDM databases but have omitted some information that is in the indexes. GenealogySA Members Only Area and FindMyPast have the full databases online but searching is not as versatile as the Digger database versions which can be searched through EDR2 on computers in WAGS' Research Centre.

Both the WAGS Library and State Library of WA hold all available birth (1842 to 1927), death (1942 to 1972) and marriage (1842 to 1937) indexes on fiche and digital format. State Library also have indexes in book format.

The Adelaide Cemeteries Authority has changed the search interface on its burial index database on the Internet, as a result an extra step is needed to find all buried in the same grave. You can search the database by going to: http://www.aca.gov.sa.au/

The cemeteries covered, with their commencement date, are

  • Enfield Memorial Park  1947+
  • Cheltenham Cemetery  1876+
  • Smithfield Memorial Park 1986+
  • West Terrace Cemetery  1837+


Last Updated on Friday, 10 May 2019 21:54

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