Official certification records are only available through the SA.GOV.AU Phone 131 882.

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Indexes and special lists

An online version of the most common indexes for life event registrations is available for searching via Genealogy SA's Online Database Search. More detailed indexes are available through both GenealogySA and the State Library of South Australia.

We hold a microform copy of the Abbott Index, which covers the years 1837 to c1937 and was compiled by Frank Abbott from family notices and obituaries published in South Australian newspapers. The original of this index is held by the State Library of South Australia.

For notices and obituaries appearing in Australian newspapers, the Ryerson Index may provide further information. Entries date from 1803 and represents newspapers from across the country.

Digitised records

For more information about our digitisation program, see Online Records.

Types of records

GenealogySA provides information on details that appear on registrations over time.

Key facts


Registrations of still-births were made possible from 1936, however this was not compulsory until 1996. In some circumstances the registration of a later sibling may mention a previous pregnancy.

Cemeteries sometimes recorded the burial of the stillborn child and hospitals may have recorded the admission of the mother for the birth.


GenealogySA has provided a  history of registration of life events history of registration of life events in South Australia.