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This article describes a collection of records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.
South Australia, Australia
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Record Description
Record Type Civil Registration
Collection years 1802-1959
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State Records of South Australia


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains civil registration records, including probate and administration books, school admission registers, and ledgers of children boarded to families out from the state of South Australia. There may be a fluctuation for the years which start as early as 1838 and end in 1981.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Probate Records

  • Name of testator or deceased
  • Names of heirs such as spouse, children, and other relatives or friends
  • Names of witnesses
  • Residence of testator
  • Lists of belongings, property, and so forth
  • Recording dates
  • In some cases, the date of death

School Admission Records

  • age at admission
  • birth date
  • parents names and occupation
  • religion
  • address

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching, it is best to know the following:

  • Name of the person
  • Year of the record

As you search, look for a record which matches this information.

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

You will be able to search this collection when it is published.


What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking for, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference. See below for assistance in citing this collection. Save or print a copy of the image if possible.
  • Use the information which has been discovered to find more. For instance, use the estimated age given in a marriage or burial record to calculate an approximate year of birth, if that is yet undetermined.
  • Record the names and other vital information of any family members that appear in the census entry. Use this information to continue to search the index to identify further children, siblings, or other relatives.

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking for, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • When looking for a person with a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which individual is correct. Use other information, such as place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, to determine which candidate is the correct person. If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted in other records.
  • Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names; transcription errors could occur in any record. Also remember that it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name. See Abbreviations Found in Genealogy Records for examples of common abbreviations.
  • Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible candidates which can then be examined for matches.
  • Search the records of nearby parishes. While it was uncommon for an individual in this period to move more than about 20 miles from their place of birth, smaller relocations were not uncommon.
  • Look at the actual image of the record to verify the information found in the online description, if possible.

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Australia.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citing sources correctly makes it easier to get back to sources that have already been found, so proper citations can help you keep track of research. Correct citations also allow others to check completed research by helping them find and examine records for themselves.

Collection Citation:
A citation will be available on the Collection Details page when the collection is published.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

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