Some of our most popular records have been digitised either by staff or volunteers or in partnership with FamilySearch.

 These include popular records relating to family history:

  • passenger lists
  • school admission registers and
  • social welfare registers.

How to find an online record

Start by finding a reference to a record through our catalogue, topic pages or indexes and special lists.

Make note of the GRG number or GRS, unit numbers and individual record or index references.

Check the series description on the catalogue, or our topic pages under the heading Digital Records to see if a digital copy exists.

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.


  • 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 if the images for the records are not available, you may send us an enquiry to ask for a copying quote. Specific references are required.

For digital copies hosted on Flickr:

Visit the State Records Flickr site and search by name or keyword and SRSA.

Indexes and special lists

​For indexes to these and other records, see our catalogue or the Indexes and Special Lists page.

More records are being digitised. Check back here for updates. If you discover any broken links on this page, please send us an enquiry.

Online Records

These topic pages have links to digitised records.

Regisation of major life events 1802-

Census returns 1841

Ledgers of children boarded out 1862-

Criminal record books of the Supreme Court 1842-

Destitute Asylum admissions 1881-

Gaol registers 1861-

Hospital admission registers 1840-

Inquests and Police reports to the Coroner 1879-

Insolvency registers 1841-

Maps and plans of South Australia

Passenger lists 1845 - 1940


Probate and succession duties 1844-

School admission registers 1873-1985

Ships' papers - ships arriving at South Australian ports 1849-1885

Soldier settlement - records of land held 1917-1931

World War One - photographs of soldiers, sailors and nurses

Z Ward - former Parkside Lunatic Asylum circa 1884