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:

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

FamilySearch tutorial.

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.

Online Records

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

A small set of plans are hosted on our Flickr page.

These include:

  • 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

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

Page last updated: 3 August 2022