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Births, deaths and marriages: SA Births

This State Library of South Australia guide includes information on cemeteries, church records, burials and probate (wills). Information for other states is also included.

How do I get a certificate?

There will not necessarily be more information on the certificate than is recorded on the indexes. Graham Jaunay's website lists the information available from certificates over time. However, you may wish to obtain a copy of a certificate for your own records.

Copies of certificates can be purchased from the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Office.

More recent certificates may be limited to the person named, their parents or their children.  You may need to provide proof of identity for non-historical certificates.  

Apply for a certificate online.

Australian birth registrations

Baby Evangeline being washed by her mother Rosa Gabriel (nee Brownley) while sister Marion looks on, 1909. (B 56385)

What you can expect to find on an Australian Birth Index  - a guide compiled by Graham Jaunay.

Birth Records Online

Other useful sources

If you have not had success with the official indexes, you could also try:

District Registers

Genealogy SA have compiled indexes to the District Registers (District births, deaths and marriages indexes) which can be searched at the State Library.

The original District Registers are located at a number of South Australian Council libraries.

Copies of the registers are also available at the Genealogy SA Library, Unley. Click on the tab above entitled SA District Registers.

Church Records

The State Library has a large collection of Church Records. If you know what church your family attended, you can check whether the State Library has its records in the library catalogue by searching under the name of the church. But you will need to visit the library to look at the records either on microfilm, or the original registers will be taken to the Somerville Reading Room.

Note: Registers after 1974 require written permission to access, from the individual church.

If you need help checking for particular church records, you may visit the Library, phone us, or forward an enquiry via Ask Us.

Adoption Records

Legalised adoption was introduced in South Australia in 1925. Prior to this 'adoptions' were generally arranged within families or by churches. More information relating to adoption can be found in  Adoption and Fostering of Children.

Rosalie Trengove c. 1917 (PRG 1480/14/80)

Can't find what you're looking for?

Sometimes the spelling of names changes or is misspelt. This is particularly common for non-English names.

Often a second or middle name is used, not the officially registered first name.

For a number of reasons an individual may alter their age. Maybe great-grandmother said she was born in 1900, but she was actually born in 1895!