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Government Records and the Family Historian: Introduction

As a family historian, consider what information may be found in the Police, Education or Government Gazettes or hospital, electoral, probate, naturalisation or other government held records. This guide focuses mainly on South Australian resources.

Official government records  can be an important source for family history information. These may include census records, electoral rolls, school records, government gazettes (and a range of other government publications), police records, naturalisation records and wills.

In South Australia the two major government archival agencies are State Records of South Australia, and the National Archives of Australia - South Australia State Office - which is located at the State Library.

However, a variety of  published government records are held at the State Library, as well as a number of indexes and guides to government records:

- South Australian Police Gazette 1862-

- South Australian Government Gazette 1839-

- South Australian Parliamentary debates 1858-

- Education Gazette South Australia

- Parliamentary Papers including public service lists, departmental annual reports, etc.

- Electoral rolls 1862-2009

(Some of these publications are also available online, as noted in the catalogue records above.)

South Australian Government Printing Office c. 1870