Births South Australia

1836 to 1860

Child: birth placegiven name(s)
Father: surnamegiven name(s)
Mother: maiden namegiven name(s)
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The major sources of these early records were church baptism registers and the index to South Australian birth certificates. Both of these sources are subject to errors, many of which have been corrected here. At present, this database contains more than 2,000 unregistered births in addition to those that were registered.

The place is usually the residence, which may not be the birth place. If not recorded, the registration district may be abbreviated within brackets to give an indication of location.

If there is no birth date, the baptism date may be used and indicated by (bap), but it may be long after the birth. Where there is a baptism date, the place is where baptised or the residence, which may not be the birth place.

Grateful thanks to contributors of new and revised birth data.

Notes on birth registration in South Australia

Official civil registration of births in South Australia was approved to commence on 1 July 1842. Initially there were two registry offices of births, deaths and marriages, one in the registration district of Adelaide and the other in Flinders at Port Lincoln.

The information to be recorded included the child's given name(s), the father's full name and mother's full maiden names and any former married surnames together with the date and place of the birth. It is noteworthy that the child's surname was not usually recorded.

For details, refer to:
A G Peake, South Australian History Sources, Adelaide 2007;
B E Schahinger, South Australian Registration Districts of Births, Deaths & Marriages, Adelaide 1998; and
BMD Certificates & District Records, South Australia

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