A staff member is available at the State Library's Family History Desk on weekdays from 10 am to 5 pm. Outside of these times staff at the Information Desk can assist you. Check our Library opening hours here.
Interstate and overseas researchers, or anyone else unable to visit the Library in person, are welcome to lodge a research request via our Ask Us service.
Ancestry Library Edition and Findmypast may be accessed within the Library.
If you are not a South Australian resident, you may be able to access these and other resources through registering with your own state library or the National Library.
Free family history lectures are held on the third Thursday of each month from March to November between 1 to 2pm. These are held in the Hetzel Theatre,in the Institute Building on the corner of Kintore Avenue and North Terrace.
The 2019 programme will include: Getting the most out of Trove newspapers, using SAILIS for land title searches, records of children's homes, finding ancestors in State Library business records, and many more.
The next in our quarterly seminar series of joint events with Unlock the Past and Genealogy SA is being held on Thursday 21 February 2019 in the Hetzel Theatre. A number of local experts including Genealogy SA co-founder Andrew Peake and awarded SA Historian Peter Donovan will share their insights into exploring church records.
Includes free State Library Family History tours.
Bookings through Unlock the Past.
The two guides listed below are a good starting point for researching family history, with tips on getting started, and a frequently asked questions page.
Most family trees start out as a collection of names and dates.
Then we begin the search for additional information such as immigration details, where our ancestors lived, and so on.
The three guides below may help you to get started, using information held at the State Library or by other organisations, or digitised on the Internet.
State Library staff have compiled a series of 'Library Guides' to assist you in researching your family history. The list below contains some of the most popular guides.
To view a complete list of Family History Library Guides, click here.