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Unknown Family in Botanic Gardens Woods Collection [B 70999/5]

Family History

The State Library of South Australia has a bounty of information to assist you to discover your family history.

If you are unable to visit the library in person, you may lodge a research request through our Ask Us service.

What's inside

About the collection

The State Library Family History Collection specialises in South Australian resources and we have a range of records from other Australian states, England, Wales and Ireland.

The collection emphasises South Australian and Australian indexes to birth, death, marriage, probate and similar records, augmented by indexes from primary countries-of-origin, where these can be obtained. 

A few popular family history library guides are:

Check out the featured items for our full suite of library guides and resources.

Family History FAQs
A man seated at a table writing [B 47072/49]

Getting started

Knowing where to start researching your family history can be daunting, so we've compiled this starter guide to get you on your way to discovering your past.

View the guide
What's on at the State Library

Genealogy events

Genealogy Gems

Genealogy Gems 2019

Come and join us at the State Library of SA as we present a series of free family history talks on the third Thursday each month at 1pm.

Coutanche children taken in 1951, part of the Arthur Collection [BRG 347/3730]

Falling from the tree

On Thursdays, once a month, various dates

Find out more

Need help?

Ask Us, Roland Eime, librarian in charge of Youth Lending, assisting a customer [B 72589/3]

Ask Us

For all your research or reference queries our librarians are here to help you!

Using our collection materials, view of customers in the reading area.

Using our collection material

View our policies, procedures, conditions of use and frequently asked questions about using and accessing our collections. 

Youth Lending Service, circa 1970 [B 68890]

Join the State Library

Did you know that State Library membership is free? Being a State Library members provides you with greater access to the collection. Check out the benefits and sign up for a card today.

Plan your visit

How do I get to the State Library by public transport?

The 'State Library, Art Gallery, Museum' tram-stop is just outside the State Library. There are bus stops close by near the War Memorial on North Terrace. The closest train station is the Adelaide city station on North Terrace.

You can plan your journey via Adelaide Metro.

Is there car parking near the State Library?

The nearest car park is Wilson's Adelaide Central car park, 225 North Terrace, next to David Jones.

There is paid metered street parking along Kintore Ave and Victoria Drive.

Where is the wheelchair and stroller access?

Access to the Spence Wing first floor and the Mortlock Wing is via the lift in the glass foyer entrance of the library.

Access to the Institute Building is via the external ramp on the Kintore Ave entrance or via the internal ramp between the Institute Building and the Spence Wing (opposite the Treasures Wall).

There is on-street disabled parking available in the nearby roads. View more information and maps of Adelaide City Council's Disability parking for permit holders.

How do I check if the Mortlock Chamber is open when I plan to visit?

The Mortlock Wing and Treasures Wall are venues for hire and subject to occasional closures due to functions and special events, please check our Open Hours for any venue closures on the day of your tour to avoid disappointment.

Is there a cafe at the State Library?

There is a cafe located in the back of the glass foyer at the State Library. View more information about the cafe and tenants.