South Australian Pioneer Families

Old colonist arrivals, births & marriages

family surname *

The early settler arrival, birth and marriage databases are simultaneously searched for matches to the entered family surname. Using our advanced processing technology, the records found are automatically sorted into family groups to help you visualize the line you're researching. This should make it easier to construct branches of your family tree and complete some of your family group sheets.

Most of the spelling errors and inconsistencies in the original source documents have been corrected. Any that remain may give useful but out-of-order search results. If you discover any of these errors please let us know at

Many of the unregistered marriages and births are included. Note that 'Ade' is frequently used as an abbreviation for Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, whereas the bracketed '(Ade)' refers to the BDM registration district of Adelaide.

The three individual components of this colonial pioneers database give more information on sources and acknowledgments:—
Pioneer arrivals,
Births (1836 to 1860),
Marriages (1836 to 1857).

If you are unable to find the arrival you require, see our directory of SA shipping & migration resources.

You may also be interested in our related searchable deaths and burials database (1836 to 1855).