Family history


The Unley Museum provides free assisted access to Family History resources.  The service is available at the Museum Wednesdays, 10am - 4pm and Thursdays, 10am - 6pm by appointment.

To access our service you can book a visit on Wednesday or Thursdays to come to the museum and get assistance from one of our team members.  Alternatively complete an online Research Request Form and our team will research your request for you and send you what they find.

The Museum's family history collection includes:

  • Birth, death and marriage certificates for the historical District of Adelaide
  • Births July 1856–1922 (plus indexes to 1928)
  • Deaths July 1864–1967 (plus indexes to 1972)
  • Marriages March 1868–1937
  • Index of South Australian births, deaths and marriages
  • Biographical index of South Australians
  • South Australia 1841 census and biographies
  • Northern Territory Australia deaths 1824–2004 (part 1)
  • South Australian almanacs and directories
  • South Australian pre-civil births, deaths and marriages
  • Victorian birth, death and marriage indexes
  • Tasmanian Pioneer and Federation indexes (births, deaths, and marriages)
  • Access to Ancestry Library Edition (only available onsite at Unley Civic and Goodwood Libraries)
  • Many publications of a more specific nature.

Searches can take time, please allow up to a month to complete requests made online. 

Other local resources

South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society (SAGHS)

A central library run by volunteers providing access to South Australian, Australian and international genealogical and heraldry information.

Please note that SAGHS does charge for some services.

Tuesdays 10.30am-9pm
Wednesdays, Thursday and Saturdays 10.30am- 4.30pm, and
Every 2nd and 4th Sunday 1-4.30pm
201 Unley Road, Unley SA 5061
Phone 8272 4222 or email or visit the Genealogy SA website

State Library of South Australia (SLSA)

Holds a large genealogical collection including South Australian, interstate and international resources.

Monday–Wednesday 10am-8pm
Thursdays and Fridays 10am-6pm
Saturdays and Sundays 10am-5pm

Cnr North Terrace and Kintore Avenue, Adelaide SA 5000
Phone 8207 7250 or email or visit the State Library of South Australia website