State Library closed on Monday 9 March, Adelaide Cup Day public holiday.
Kris Svensden, Onsite Services Librarian
The beginner's guide to family history research
Join us for the return of our six-part series on how the State Library’s genealogical resources can help you discover your family history. Be quick to make a booking, spaces fill up fast!
All sessions include a tour to identify and locate physical resources in the family history area.
Please note: it is not a requirement to attend all sessions.
Thursday 20 February
Learn how to best navigate our State Library Resources. Areas explored include introduction to our catalogue, library guides, how to begin your family history quest, accessing archival and online materials and the rules of engagement! This session forms the essential basis for best using the State Library’s genealogical treasures.
Thursday 19 March
In this session, we’ll look more in-depth at our Library Guides, print hardcopy resources and online databases such as Trove, Ancestry Library and Find My Past. Learn how to use our publicly available PCs to access the varied formats that our resources come in. See a practical demonstration on how to use our microfilm and microfiche equipment.
Thursday 16 April
We begin with birth, deaths and marriages (BDM), the essential starting point. We’ll look at their media formats, access options in the Library, and searching tips and tricks, supporting miscellaneous indexes and the church BDM archival material held by us.
Thursday 21 May
Explore immigration - your forebears as passengers arriving and departing from overseas and interstate. Discover the ships they were on and their experiences on the journey in ship’s diaries we may hold. You may also find photographs or illustrations of the ships they arrived in SA on. Then we’ll move onto location resources to find where they lived in SA using directories and electoral rolls, land ownership and our maps collection.
Thursday 18 June
In this session, we look at the ancillary resources that tease out other types of information to flesh out your family history research: military records, government records, and newspapers as a tool for family history.
Thursday 16 July
This recap session brings it all together. You can go behind the scenes to see the State Library’s basement storage, map collection and other types of treasures that we hold in our non-public areas.
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?
Yes, the State Library Cafe by St Raphaels located on the ground floor in the glass foyer.
Open hours are Monday to Friday 7.30am to 4pm, Saturday 10am to 2pm.