Our Research Centre is open with reduced services. To book an appointment to view original records go to our Research Centre page.

If you aren't able to book an appointment and visit us you can still enjoy the State Records of South Australia collection from home. We're here to make sure archives are still available. 

Starting your research

With more time at home, there’s never been a better chance to start your own research. Discover our collection and you never know where it might take you. Maybe there’s a few branches of the family tree to complete or a couple of elusive ancestors you’ve never been able to pin down, we bet our Family History Research guide can help.

If you’re looking for some inspiration with your research or just an interesting read, check out our Stories from the Archive.

Online records

Some of our most popular records have been digitised either by staff, volunteers or in partnership with FamilySearch. Passenger lists, gaol registers, school admissions and many more.

Social media Q&As GRG7/97/0/1 South Australia, Yorke Peninsula 'Artist: Vytas Kapociunas', undated

We’ll be dedicating a few hours to answering all your archival research questions across our social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

During August we’re hosting two Q&As on Facebook to celebrate National Family History Month:

  • 6pm to 8pm Wednesday 5 August
  • 2pm to 4pm Sunday 23 August – with the National Archives of Australia.

You’ll never know just how useful an Archivist is until you start asking us some questions!

National Family History Month 2020

To celebrate all things family history this August we’re hosting a number of events online.
Check out our news page for all the details.

Online photographs

Our Flickr page features thousands of photographs from our collection. From South Australian Tourism Publicity Posters to Historical Moustaches there’s so many great photos to view. Or maybe you want to see South Australia and the Northern Territory in 1935 through the lens of world famous photographer Frank Hurley? We’ve got that covered too!

We’ll be uploading more photographs over the coming weeks so make sure to keep checking.

Jigsaw puzzles

Challenge yourself to piece together records from the archive with our jigsaw puzzles.

We'll be uploading more puzzles soon. Follow our social media or check back here for more puzzle fun.

Keep an eye out for more

We’re keeping busy from home researching some more Stories from the Archive, uploading some more photographs to Flickr and hosting some more online Q&As so keep an eye on this page for updates.

Reference and digitisation services

Did you know our reference and digitisation services are still operating?
If you need a digital copy of an archival record but can't make it to the Research Centre we’re here to help you out. Call us on 08 8343 6800 or try our online enquiry form.