South Australian Pioneer Families

Early arrivals, births & marriages

family surname *

Family Group Sheet - like search results

The families with the entered surname will be automatically listed under each principal male's arrival information which includes any accompanying wife and children. If unmarried, this may be followed by his marriage. Then, any children born in South Australia will be shown in birthdate order.

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.

Spelling errors

Some families have not yet been processed to eliminate spelling errors and inconsistencies in the original source documents. This may result in out-of-order search results. Please advise us of any errors at, giving the sources of your information so that we can verify your claims and correct the data.

Germanic names

There are several problems with Germanic surnames recorded in official and other contemporary documents. One is with the pronunciation interpretation by the mainly English recorders of the names. Another is the anglicising of the names. These are especially problematic wherever an umlaut is involved.

Exact searching

Exact searching is not generally recommended as it has serious limitations wherever two or more alternate name spellings are given. However, it may sometimes be useful, as in the extreme case of the 'EY' surname. A 'contains' search yields a huge number of results (too many to conveniently scroll through), whereas an 'exact' search gives just a managable few.


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 and passenger arrivals

You may also be interested in the related searchable deaths database.