Click below for a complete list of Family History Library Guides showing 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 full-text 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
Useful indexes and databases
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
- 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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- Last Updated May 19, 2013
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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- Last Updated May 19, 2013
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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- Last Updated May 15, 2013
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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- Last Updated May 12, 2013
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
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.
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