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

surname

When searching for information on a particular ancestral line of your family, enter the surname into the search box. The families with this name 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 part 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 given 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, often quite severely. So scan the search results well above and below your family to find any appropriate out-of-order entries. Don't forget 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 on HMS Buffalo
EXAMPLE John, Catherine SMITH married 1838 at Holy Trinity, Adelaide aged 26,22
EXAMPLE John, Catherine SMITH, parents of child born 1839 named John at Adelaide
EXAMPLE John, Catherine SMITH, parents of child born 1840 named Catherine at Adelaide
EXAMPLE John, Catherine SMITH, parents of child born 1842 named William at Bowden
EXAMPLE John, Catherine SMITH, parents of child born 1843 named George at Bowden
EXAMPLE John, died 1843 aged 28 at Hospital, Adelaide

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.

Notes

Although your first search may be very slow, especially with a dial-up or 2G internet connection, subsequent searches during the same session are much faster.

You may also be interested in the individual databases which give more information on sources and time spans:—

shipping arrivals & passenger lists
births
marriages
deaths
cemeteries & burials