State Records of South Australia

State Records of South Australia has links to an A-Z for researchers; Aboriginal services; fact sheets; family history information; indexes and special lists plus passenger lists. There are online records that have been digitised by FamilySearch and are freely available on the FamilySearch site. Use the indexes on this site in conjunction with this list of Quick Links categories shows the records available with links to the FamilySearch images.
Births, Deaths and Marriages
Index to deaths prior to compulsory registration, from 1802
Index to marriages solemnized in South Australia, from 1836
Index to marriages prior to compulsory registration in June 1842, from 1836
Ooldea mission rough register of births, deaths and marriages, from 1936
Record of births and marriages of Aborigines in the Kingston District, from c1940
Boarding Out
Ledgers of children boarded out - Destitute Board, later State Children's Department, from 1862
Census
Returns of Census compiled in January 1841
Courts
Criminal record books - Supreme Court of South Australia, from 1845
Criminal record books, chronological series - Supreme Court, from 1842
Destitute Asylum
Register of admissions - Destitute Asylum, from 1870
Register of infants born in the Destitute Asylum, from 1883
Register of admissions to the lying-in home, from 1886
Gaols
Register of prisoners in the gaol for assaults, fines, debt etc. - Adelaide Gaol, from 1838
Registers of prisoners committed and tried - Adelaide Gaol, from 1839
Register of prisoners and charge books - Redruth Gaol, from 1861
Register of prisoners - Adelaide Gaol, from 1857
Register of prisoners - Yatala Labour Prison, from 1866
Register of prisoners - Port Lincoln Gaol, from 1880
Register of prisoners - Gladstone Gaol, from 1881
Hospitals
Admission registers - Adelaide Hospital, from 1840
Inquests
Police Reports to the Coroner - City Coroners and successors
Police Reports to the Coroner are listed by file number.  To identify the file number refer to Police Reports to the Coroner Special Lists where you can search by year and name.
1879-1918, 1919-1931, 1936-1937, 1938-1941, 1942-1944, 1945-1947, 1948-1951, 1954-1955, 1956-1957, 
South Australian Police Department
Blinman Police Station Inquest register, from 1884
Carrieton Police Station Inquest register, from 1884
Jamestown Police Station Inquest register, from 1885
Waukuringa Police Station Inquest register, from 1885
Yongala Police Station Inquest register, from 1887
Insolvencies
Register of insolvencies, from 1841
Register of arrangements by deed under the Acts of 1857-1858 and 1860-1886 (dated from 1858)
Passenger Lists and Ships' Papers
Passenger Lists
The best way to view Passenger Lists is via our Passenger Lists webpage. Below are links to the Lists uploaded by FamilySearch.
Records relating to official assisted immigration - Crown Lands and Immigration Office - Official assisted passage passenger lists 1845-1886
Lists of outgoing passengers departing from Port Adelaide for overseas ports 1888-1940
Official lists of passengers arriving in South Australia from overseas 1888-1940
Ships' Papers
Records relating to official assisted immigration - Crown Lands and Immigration Office - Immigrant ships' papers 1849-1885
Probate
Probate and administration books, from 1892
Probate record books, from 1844