Each state has its own Registry office:
Information about divorces and separations can be difficult to locate.
Historic newspapers on the Trove website may contain reports of court cases relating to divorce and other matrimonial issues.
Adelaide Cemeteries Authority - records for West Terrace, Cheltenham, Enfield and Smithfield cemeteries
Centennial Park - Adelaide's major crematorium and cemetery established in 1936
Australian Cemeteries - A project of the Oz Gen Online network for free Australian genealogical information
Interment.net - This international website has an Australian section
Billion Graves - Another international website with an Australian component, and photographs of headstones
See also the SA Deaths page of this Library Guide.
Sir Henry Ayers with his children and grandchildren, 1891. (PRG 67/54/22)
Birth, death and marriage records are the best source for family history. Some have made early birth, death and marriage information available online.
**Unfortunately South Australia has not done this, but the Registry Office has allowed brief records and indexes ONLY to be available at the State Library and other subscribing libraries. Brief versions of these records are also available on the Genealogy SA website.**
For full copies of certificates apply to the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. A fee is charged for this service.
When a birth, death or marriage is registered, one copy remains with the district registration office or local police station.
Duplicate copies of older district registrations are now held in local district repositories.
Adelaide had two registration districts. Certificates for the western district ("Adelaide") are held at the Unley Museum on microfilm, and for the later eastern district ("Norwood") the duplicate certificates are held at Campbelltown Public Library.
The most comprehensive family history website is Ancestry. This is a subscription website.
The State Library subscribes to the 'library edition' of Ancestry, and is able to offer free access to this for users within the Library only. Ancestry library edition is also available in local council libraries.
Family Search is a free website which also includes British births, deaths, marriages and census records.
For British births, marriages and deaths the free information on the freereg.org.uk website might be useful.
Newspapers often contain birth, death and marriage notices.
The free Trove website contains Australian newspapers for 1803 to 1954 - and later dates where copyright permission has been given.
Even if you already have the dates of births, marriages and deaths form other sources, newspaper notices often contain additional helpful information such as 'second surviving daughter of ...' or 'eldest son of the late ...' which might place a person in order within a family, or help date other events such as parents' deaths.
See also the SA Newspapers Library Guide