Some of our most popular records have been digitised, including the most popular records relating to family history:

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

This digitisation work has been undertaken in partnership with FamilySearch, as well as with a range of volunteers and community contributors.

Access through FamilySearch will require you to complete a free registration on the FamilySearch site, and works best using Chrome, Firefox or Edge. If you do not wish to register, 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.

Selected photographs have also been published to the State Records Flickr site.

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

Births, deaths and marriages 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