Some of our most popular records have been digitised either by staff or volunteers or in partnership with FamilySearch. Digitised records from our collection can be viewed on FamilySearch, Ancestry, Flickr and on our website.
These include popular records relating to family history:
- passenger lists
- registers of prisoners
- police reports to the coroner
- school admission registers and
- social welfare registers.
Some of our records are also hosted on Ancestry. Viewing records on Ancestry does require a subscription however many public libraries as well as the State Library of South Australia can provide you with free onsite access.
How to find an online record
Start by finding a reference to a record through our catalogue, topic pages or indexes.
Make note of the GRG number or GRS, unit numbers and individual record or index references.
To see if there is a digital copy of a record check the:
- online index cover page.
- series description on ArchivesSearch.
- topic pages.
For digital copies hosted by FamilySearch:
- Complete a free registration on the FamilySearch site. This works best using Chrome, Firefox or Edge.
- Return to this page for the list of topic pages. These contain direct links to the FamilySearch catalogue entries for each type of record, or
- Browse the FamilySearch entries by searching for the Author number 591389.
Some record series have been indexed by FamilySearch volunteers. These include most probate records, passenger lists and school records.
If you do not wish to register with FamilySearch, or the images for the records are not available, contact us for a copying quote using specific references.
How to find an entry in the index and view images on FamilySearch
For digital copies hosted on Ancestry:
The digital copies of records from our collection hosted on Ancestry will have been indexed so you can conduct a name search of the Ancestry website.
For digital copies hosted on Flickr:
Visit the State Records Flickr site and search by name or keyword and SRSA.
For indexes to these and other records, see our catalogue or the Indexes page.
Contact us if you discover any broken links on this page.
These topics have digitised records available to view either on FamilySearch, Ancestry, Flickr or our website.
See topic page - Registration of life events
FamilySearch - Returns of Census compiled in January 1841 (GRG24/13)
Also see topic page - Census 1841
FamilySearch - Ledgers of children boarded out from 1862 (GRG 27/5 units 1-9 covering open access period)
Also see topic page - Children in State Care
FamilySearch - Criminal record books - Supreme Court of South Australia, from 1845 (GRS 12820 - Units 1-15, up to 7 Dec 1910)
FamilySearch - Criminal record books, chronological series - Supreme Court, 1842-1844 (GRS 13039)
Also see - Courts
FamilySearch - Admission registers Adelaide Hospital, 1840 - 1952 (GRG78/49)
Also see - Hospitals
FamilySearch - Police Report to the Coroner, from 1884 (GRG1/44 and GRG1/39)
FamilySearch - Register of insolvencies, from 1841 (GRG66/1)
FamilySearch - Register of arrangements by deed under the Acts of 1857-1858 and 1860-1886 (dated from 1858) (GRG66/9)
See also - Insolvencies
A small set of plans are hosted on our Flickr page.
- Map of Adelaide and suburban districts showing tramways routes and areas of housing development (GRG 22/64/1 map no. 2, 1952)
- A small selection of Hundred maps (GRS 6910)
- Plan of the Settled Districts of South Australia (GRG 35/585 unit 2 no. 13), and
- Map of South Australia showing vegetation prior to settlement (GRG 35/585 unit 21 map 11)
See also - Maps and Plans
See topic page - Passenger lists 1845 - 1940
Sets of photographs are hosted on our Flickr page.
Flickr - Photographs and negatives - Aborigines' Office and successors, 1900-1940 (GRG 52/45)
Flickr - Scenes of South Australia
Flickr - Glass plate and other negatives - Photolithographic Branch, Department of Lands, c1890-1957 (GRG 35/342)
See also - Photographs
FamilySearch - Probate and administration books, from 1892 (GRS 11585)
FamilySearch - Probate record books, from 1844 (GRS 16377)
See also - Probate and succession duties
FamilySearch - School admission registers listed alphabetically
You can search by pupil name within this collection but not all registers have been indexed.
Note also that not all school admission registers in our collection have been digitised and published. You can view original registers at our Research Centre or ask us for a digital copy through our Copying and Digitisation Services.
See also - Schools
See topic page - Soldier Settlement
See Flickr album - World War One photographs
See Flickr album - Z Ward plans