South Australian Pioneer Families

Historical arrivals, births, marriages & deaths

Pre-1836 to 1850s

Early settler arrivals, births, marriages, deaths and burials in Adelaide and wider South Australia arranged in family groups

family surname

The families with the name you have entered will be listed together under each principal male's arrival information (including any wife and children arriving with him). If unmarried, this may be followed by his marriage. Then, any children born in South Australia will be shown in birth-date order. Finally, his death will be given if it occurred within the period covered by the database. This grouping of results should enable you to better visualize the family you're researching and therefore make it easier to construct this branch of your family tree.

However, you will need to check for any deaths of his wife and children that will be listed alphabetically under their own names. Single women's arrivals will be listed under their maiden names. In the case of arrivals of single men with the same full name, there is no way to determine which families they belong to except by taking into account their arrival dates. Sometimes this is not sufficient information.

Some families have not yet been processed to eliminate the many spelling errors and inconsistencies occurring in the original source documents. These may disrupt the listing order, so scan the search results above and below your family to find any appropriate out-of-order entries. You may be able to take advantage of the automatically applied * wildcards at both ends of the entered name.

Fictitous search results for John EXAMPLE's family illustrate two situations below:—

Data recorded inconsistently in the original source documents and not yet corrected

EXAMPELL John, Catherine SMITH, parents of child born 1842 named William at Bowden [out-of-order but within family group]
EXAMPLE John arrived 1836 on HMS Buffalo
EXAMPLE John, Catherine SMITH married 1838 at Holy Trinity, Adelaide
EXAMPLE John, Catherine SMITH, parents of child born 1839 named John at Adelaide
EXAMPLE John, Catherine SMITH, parents of child born 1843 named George at Bowden
EXAMPLE John, died 1843 aged 28 at Hospital, Adelaide
[ ... other families ... ]
XAMPLE John, Catherine SMITH, parents of child born 1840 named Catherine at Adelaide [completely out of family group]

Corrected and expanded data

EXAMPLE John arrived 1836-12-28 on HMS Buffalo from Portsmouth 1836-07-13
EXAMPLE John, Catherine SMITH married 1838-03-01 at Holy Trinity, Adelaide aged 26,22
EXAMPLE John, Catherine SMITH, parents of child born 1839-01-27 named John at Adelaide
EXAMPLE John, Catherine SMITH, parents of child born 1840-07-15 named Catherine at Adelaide
EXAMPLE John, Catherine SMITH, parents of child born 1842-02-03 named William at Bowden
EXAMPLE John, Catherine SMITH, parents of child born 1843-05-12 named George at Bowden
EXAMPLE John, died 1843-04-11 aged 28 at Hospital, Adelaide & buried in West Tce Cemetery

Progress

Our processing work to ensure family groups are listed together is progressing well but will take a considerable time to complete as it involves more than 80,000 persons in hundreds of thousands of records. If you find any errors or omissions, please contact us, giving the sources of the information so that we can verify your claims and update our data. You may also like to read a short article on the making of this database.

Notes

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You may also be interested in the individual databases which give more information on time spans, sources and acknowledgements...

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