South Australian Birth, Marriage & Death Directory

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General SA BMD resources

  • The Government of South Australia Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Office does not make any recent or historical records available for viewing online although certificates can be purchased by mail using a form downloaded from their website or obtained from a Post Office. Or you can apply personally over the counter at their Adelaide office. All certificate application and progress enquiries must be sent directly to the BDM Registration Office.
  • Use this form to find the current locations of the original books of duplicate bdm records. These duplicates or microfiche of them are available for viewing.

    district name, abbreviation or placename *

    The historical birth, death and marriage registration districts were those that existed up to 1992. Many divisions and amalgamations occurred at previous times, mostly 1855-6 and 1928-35 respectively. Numerous boundary changes occurred. When civil registration commenced in mid 1842, there were two districts only, Adelaide and Flinders. At present there is a single district for all of South Australia.

  • FamilyHistorySA's free online historical births (1836-56), marriages (1836-56) and deaths (1836-55) include corrected and expanded details from the latest civil registration indexes including full dates, ages and places plus numerous unregistered events mainly from church baptism, marriage and burial registers. The same data is also integrated into the Colonial South Australian Pioneer Families database to make it easier for users to visualize each family group.
  • For a fuller date range but with less detail, uncorrected certificate indexes covering the periods from mid 1842 up to 1928 for births, 1937 for marriages and 1972 for deaths are available online at Genealogy SA together with newspaper birth (1960+) & death (1972+) notices and a cemetery index. Further information is available for a fee.
  • BMD index data is also available in the vital records at and at find my past [each requiring paid subscription or access at a participating library].
  • State Library of South Australia
  • State Records of South Australia [pre-ordered records available at their Research Centre in the State Library of SA]
    • Indexes to marriages prior to compulsory registration — GRG 56/68/21 (A 1486)
    • Indexes to divorces — GRG 36/23 & 36/51 give petitions to the Supreme Court in the period 1859-93. The results of the petitions are often not given
    • Indexes to deaths prior to compulsory registration — GRG 56/68/20 (A 1485)
    • Other records duplicated from originals held at the State Library of SA


  • Births 1836-56 including those prior to civil registration, all of those registered & others not submitted to the registrar [free searchable database]
  • Information included on SA birth certificates and district records
    Provision was made on the certificates for the information tabulated below and marked yes. However, on many certificates, some of that information was omitted by the informant and/or registrar. Theoretically, the same information was provided in the district records. Note that in some cases certificates were issued on the older stationery until it was exhausted.
    Registration date from:
    Date of birthyesyesyesyesyesyes
    Place of birthnoyes>1882yesyesyes
    Name of childyesyesyesyesyesyes
    Father's full nameyesyesyesyesyesyes
    Father's age, birth placenononoyesyesyes
    Father's occupationyesyesnoyesyesyes
    Usual residencenoyesnoyesyesyes
    Mother's maiden nameyesyesyesyesyesyes
    Mother's age, birth placenononoyesyesyes
    Mother's former married surnamenononononoyes
    Year of marriagenononoyesyesyes
    No. of previous living, dead issuenononoyesyesyes
    Informant signature, descript, resyesyesyesyesyesyes
    Authorized personnonononoyesno
    Registration Districtyesyesyesyesyesno
    Registration dateyesyesyesyesyesyes


  • Marriages 1836-56 including those prior to civil registration, all of those registered & others not submitted to the registrar [free searchable database]
  • Information included on SA marriage certificates and district records
    Registration date from:
    Date of marriageyesyesyesyesyesyes
    Place of marriageyesyesyesyesyesyes
    Full names of bothyesyesyesyesyesyes
    Ages of bothyesyesnoyesyesyes
    Dates of birth of bothnononononoyes
    Places of birth of bothnononoyesyesyes
    Occupations of bothyesyesyesyesyesyes
    Usual prior residencesnoyesyesyesyesyes
    Conjugal status of bothyesnoyesyesyesyes
    Both fathers namesnoyesyesyesyesyes
    Both mothers maiden namesnononononoyes
    Declarations of no impedimentnonoyesyesyesyes
    Witnesses namesyesyesyesyesyesyes
    Witnesses residence & occnoyesyesyesyesno
    Registration Districtyesyesyesyesyesno
    Registration Dateyesnonononono
    Celebrant signatureyesyesyesyesyesyes
    Religion or denominationnononononoyes