Historical South Australian Births
1836 to 1856
33,500 registered and unregistered South Australian births up to 1856 including those before civil registration (mid-1842)
Enter the child's, father's, or mother's surname into its box. The other surnames, all given names, and birth date are optional.
If used, the date must be formatted as yyyy-mm-dd for the exact date (eg 1839-03-27), yyyy-mm for the month, yyyy for the year only, or mm-dd for the birthday with unknown year.
Note that the exact and sounds like searches only apply to the child's surname. All other fields are always searched by the contains method.
If you do not get the expected results, read the more detailed help article on advanced searching of our databases.
The place is usually the residence, which may not be the birth place. If the place is not recorded, the registration district may be abbreviated within brackets to give an indication of location.
Most of the birth records prior to civil registration are from church baptism registers. If there is no birth date, the baptism date is used and indicated by (bap), but it may be long after the birth. Where there is a baptism date, the place is where baptised or the residence, which may not be the birth place. The mother's maiden name and any former married names are usually added.
If the birth you require is not in this database, check for other SA birth resources.
The major sources of these records were the (Holy) Trinity and other church baptism registers and the South Australian Births Registrations 1842 to 1906, SAGHS, 1997. Grateful thanks to the contributor of new and revised birth data from some other sources.
You may also like to...Search this birth database combined with arrivals, marriages & deaths
Search SA shipping passenger arrivals (including births at sea)