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English & Welsh Resources for Family Historians: Introduction

The State Library of South Australia has a large number of resources that may assist you in tracing your English or Welsh ancestry. This guide also contains websites of interest, contact details for relevant organisations and tips & tricks.

About this guide

This guide provides an introduction to finding information about ancestors in England and Wales. 

The majority of settlers who arrived in South Australia in the 19th century were English, as well as large numbers of Cornish, Welsh, Scottish and Irish settlers. 

This guide highlights both resources available at the State Library of South Australia from other organisations.

Websites available for State Library users

State Library customers have access to the following subscription websites in the Library:

  • (library edition)
  • Find My Past

South Australian residents may apply for a State Library card which enables access from home to these websites:

  • Times Digital Archive
  • 19th Century British Library newspapers

(Other State Libraries have similar access for their own residents.)