South Australian Pioneer Families

Historical arrivals, births, marriages & deaths

Pre-1836 to 1856

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

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Family Group Sheet-like search results

The families with the name you have entered 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 should 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

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 exactly 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.

Spelling errors

Some families have not yet been processed to eliminate the many spelling errors and inconsistencies occurring 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.


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 advise us at, 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.


Although your first search may be slow, especially without a broadband internet connection, subsequent searches during the same session are much faster.

If you need help, read the general article on advanced searching of our databases.

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

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