The purpose of this guide is to assist South Australians wishing to trace historical information about ancestors in either England or Wales. This guide highlights resources available at the State Library of South Australia that may assist. Also included are useful websites and links to organisations, archives, libraries and societies who may be of assistance to you in your search. Each subject page also contains, where appropriate, tips and tricks for researching the relevant topic.
The majority of settlers who arrived in South Australia in 1836 where English, with a number of Welsh, Scottish and Irish settlers scattered among them. Later a large number of the Lutheran faith arrived from Prussia and since then immigrants have arrived from all parts of the world.
If you are interested in trying to locate information in other areas of the world why not try our guides on:
If you are looking for South Australian information on subjects such as immigration or births, deaths and marriages please use the links below.
Please note that passenger lists into Australian after 1940 are the property of the Commonwealth and may be located via the National Archives of Australia.
The resources below have been listed here because they cover such a wide range of information. For more specific topics use the tabs above.
While you are in the Library don't forget to check out our databases:
These databases contain records of English and Welsh births, deaths and marriages, divorces, obituaries, inquests, wills, census, parish registers, military records, family trees and so much more.