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Researching Family History

Genealogy databases

Ancestry Library Edition is an online database of genealogy resources from

As a member of any Charles Sturt library, you can access the Ancestry Library Edition in the library from a public library PC.

South Australian Births Deaths & Marriages

The following indexes are available for searching in our libraries:

  • Births 1842 – 1928
  • Deaths 1842- 1972
  • Marriages 1842 – 1937

Australian Pioneer Indexes

There are various State Pioneer Indexes available to view that show Birth, Death and Marriage information from other States. The following indexes are available:

  • NSW Between the Wars 1919-1945
  • NSW Pioneers Index, 1788-1888
  • NSW Federation Index 1889-1918
  • VIC Pioneers Index, 1837-1888
  • TAS Pioneers Index, 1803-1899
  • WA Pioneers Index, 1841-1905

These databases are available for viewing from our Public Library PCs from any of our 5 libraries and are accessed via our virtual PC, so only one session is available at any given time across the network.

Note: Staff at the libraries can access notes on, how to log onto the virtual PC to access these resources. The State Library of South Australia also has these resources available.

Cemetery Search


The Hindmarsh Library has an extensive range of Family History resources in book format in the Reference Collection.

Highlights include:

  • Biographical Indexes of South Australia. 1836 – 1885 (4 Volumes)
  • South Australians 1836 – 1885 (2 Volumes)
  • Hindmarsh Cemetery - Register of burials 1846 – 1995
  • Register of personal notices 1836 – 1870 (3 Volumes) by Reg Butler
    • Includes BDM & observer notices that appeared in The Register & Adelaide Observer
  • James McClelland’s Convict – Pioneer and Immigrant Series (Vol 1, 2, & 4)
    • List of names of all convicts and free persons arriving in Australia from 1788 - 1810

Free Family History Computer classes

Free Family history computer classes are run during May for History Month.

Courses held include:

  • Searching SA Births, Deaths & Marriages CDROMS
  • Searching Family & Local History internet resources
  • Searching WW1 records on the Internet
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  • Searching Australian Pioneer Indexes