Good Evening Adelaide
What's on during summer weeknights for the family historian in Adelaide?
The State Library will be presenting a diverse program, mostly on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. This will range from our 'Ask Us' desk set up monthly in the Library forecourt off North Terrace through to family history lectures, orientation tours and more.
Online Family history sessions
26 February 2014.
We help you through a maze of Family History resources on the internet. Come into the Library and learn what you can use without coming into the Library!
Pop Up Ask Us sessions
8 January, 12 February and 12 March 2014.
Our Librarians are venturing out of the building! Come and ask that nagging question. Who used to live in your house? Who won the SANFL Grand Final in 1936? Who do you think you are?
Onsite Family History Sessions
29 January and 26 March 2014.
The State Library holds many resources you can't access online. Come and see what the Library holds and discover how to use it.
All events run from 6 to 7pm.
Bookings are required for each event, please phone: 08 8207 7292.
Click below for a complete list of Family History related Library Guides highlighting the State Library's wide ranging resources.
New to the family history collection
Your family history
Home access to State Library subscription databases
Register for home access to eResources The State Library provides home access to various fulltext databases. Home access means that registered users can access these databases from a computer outside of the Library as well as from within the Library. If you wish to use this service you will need to:
- be a resident of South Australia
- enrol in person at the State Library. Regional South Australians can complete this form online
- provide identification with proof of current address at the State Library within 1 month
- undertake to use this service in a private capacity and at a place of residence
No use is allowed from a workplace or for work-related purposes.
We currently have approximately 90 databases available as part of this service.
View our complete list of home access eResources
The standout Times digital archive, 1785-2007 is only available to South Australian residents through our service, but please note that all Australian residents can apply for access through the National Library of Australia's eResources
Our service and collection
The State Library Family History Collection specialises in South Australian resources. It is also strong in material relating to England and Ireland and includes a selection of interstate and overseas resources.
The collection is located in the Spence Wing on Level 1.
A staff member is stationed in the area weekdays from 10am to 5pm during Library opening hours. Outside these times, assistance is available at the Information Desk.
Our Ask Us service can provide assistance for those unable to get to the Library.
Staff are able to get you started by showing you how to use the resources and can refer you to professional services for more extensive personalised research.
Guides for getting started
Most family trees start out as a collection of names and dates. Then we flesh them out with additional information such as immigration details, maybe war service information or what house, street or suburb an ancestory lived in. The guides listed on this page have been compiled to help assist you in this quest. They point you towards information sources held at the State Library; link you to other organisations that may have further information and websites that may be of interest.
- Last Updated Feb 12, 2013
Designed by the State Library of South Australia for use in the Family History area to answer only the most frequently asked family history questions (FAQ). For further assistance please see our family history LibGuides on specific topics.
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This State Library of South Australia guide includes information on cemeteries, church records, burials and probate (wills). Information for other states is also included.
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This State Library of South Australia guide has information on passenger lists, newspaper indexes and immigration schemes. It includes some resources about immigration to other states.
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This State Library of South Australia guide to military related information includes medals, militia and Australian involvement in conflicts. The emphasis is on South Australian records.
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For those new to family history and the State Library of South Australia collection, or for those needing a few tips and tricks
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Useful resources for further research
Listed here are links to various popular family history related topics that may be of interest. The State Library has, and is continuing to produce guides that highlight resources in the collection on various subjects. To view a complete listings of all family history related library guides click here.
Centenary of ANZAC 2014 - 2018
South Australians of World War 1 : Share their story
2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and the State Library of South Australia is proud to commemorate this anniversary with a photographic tribute to those South Australians who served and in some cases died for King and Country.
With contribution from State Records of South Australia we've created a Flickr group, South Australians of World War 1 containing some 3000 images. Via this Flickr group you can add your own photographs and information, or you may wish to update what we have uploaded already with your own memories and family stories. To learn more click here.
South Australians at War
Nothing can describe the trauma, courage, humour, loyalty and despair of war more evocatively than the words of people who have lived through them. Within the collections of the State Library are thousands of stories of the sacrifices and contributions South Australians have made to international conflicts. To discover more click here.
The State Library of South Australia has produced a guide to military related information including medals, militia and Australia involvement in conflicts. The emphasis is on South Australian records. To explore this resource click here.
Lest we forget.
Who we are
Phone: +61 08 8207 7250
Fax: +61 08 8207 7247
The State Library is open every day of the week.
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