South Australian Pioneer Families

Arrivals, births, marriages & deaths

1836 to 1850/60

family surname *

Family Group Sheet-like search results

The families with the entered surname will be listed together under each principal male's arrival information (including any wife and children accompanying him). If unmarried, this may be followed by his marriage. Then, any children born in South Australia will be shown in birthdate order. Finally, his death will be given if it occurred within the period covered by the database.

This grouping of results may enable you to better visualize the family you're researching and therefore make it easier to construct this branch of your family tree.

Out-of-order entries

You will need to check for any deaths of his wife and children that will be listed alphabetically under their own names.

In the case of arrivals of single men or women with identical full names, 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.

There is also the potential for another problem. If two or more husbands had identical full names and their wives also had exactly the same names then their search results would be intermixed, possibly causing confusion. The user would probably be able to separate the families using their arrival and BMD dates and locations.

Spelling errors

Some families have not yet been processed to eliminate the spelling errors and inconsistencies that occur in the original source documents. Because the listing order may be disrupted, you should scan the search results above and below your family to find any related out-of-order entries. Please advise Barry of any errors at, giving the sources of your information so that he can verify your claims and update the data.


Ade is frequently used as an abbreviation for Adelaide.

The individual components of this pioneer families database give more information on time spans, sources and acknowledgments:—
shipping arrivals and passengers
cemeteries & burials