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District Registrars of Births, Deaths & Marriages in South Australia

The offices of District Registrars, who kept a duplicate copies of the BDM certificates, were discontinued in 1991.

• Selected district registers are now in the custody of libraries in the areas where they were generated.

The registers or microfiche are accessible to the public for research purposes, subject to conditions including a ban on photocopying of the entries.
• Many remain unindexed.
• A full set in microfiche can be found at the SA Genealogy & Heraldry Society Library.
• Due to privacy considerations only the following district registers are available:

1. Birth registrations from commencement of the particular district's records to 1928
2. Marriage registrations from commencement of the particular district's records to 1937
3. Death registrations from commencement of the particular district's records to 1970

Following is a schedule to help locate appropriate district registers. Only the bold entries (ie the 22 Districts as at 1991) are available. However, all districts are shown to assist the researcher in locating earlier records. Thus if you seek a record created in Morphett Vale you need to look in Adelaide prior to 1856 and Willunga.

NOTE: Libraries operate on varying hours and access to registers may be restricted. Telephone before calling. Library staff will not undertake research. You will need to visit yourself or send an agent.

Graham Jaunay provides a transcription service for these certificates.

See also the list of South Australian places linked to District Registration Districts.

#
District
Created
Earlier records
Variations
1
Adelaide
1842
records from 1856 pt Pt Gawler from 1929
2
Hindmarsh
1872
Adelaide  
3
Port Adelaide
(inc Kangaroo Island to 1874)
1870
Adelaide pt Pt Gawler from 1874
4
Norwood
1882
Adelaide  
5
Willunga inc Morphett Vale
1928
merged  
  Willunga
1855
Adelaide pt Strathalbyn from 1935
  Morphett Vale
1856
Adelaide  
6
Encounter Bay inc Yankalilla
1929
merged  
  Encounter Bay
1854
Adelaide  
  Yankalilla
1856
Adelaide Kangaroo Island from 1874
7
Tallunga inc Highercombe and Barossa West
1935
expanded old Barossa West from Barossa in 1935
  Tallunga inc Highercombe
1929
merged  
  Highercombe
1855
Adelaide Adelaide
  Tallunga
1856
Adelaide pt Nairne from 1874; pt Pt Gawler from 1929
8
Mount Barker inc Nairne and Strathalbyn
1935
merged (pt Strathalbyn only)  
  Mount Barker
1855
Adelaide  
  Mount Barker and Nairne
1928
Merged  
  Nairne
1855
Adelaide  
  Strathalbyn
1856
Adelaide  
9
Angaston inc Crawford
1929
merged  
  Angaston (formerly Tanunda)
1856
pt The Murray pt Kapunda 1874; pt Barossa (Mannum DC) 1935
  (Mount) Crawford
1856
Adelaide pt Nairne from 1874
10
Gawler an amalgamation of Barossa and Port Gawler
1835
renaming pt Gilbert from 1935
  Barossa
1856
Adelaide; Barossa West pt Pt Gawler from 1929
  Barossa West
1855
Adelaide  
  Port Gawler
1856
Adelaide  
11
Gilbert inc Upper Wakefield
1929
merged  
  Gilbert
1856
Adelaide  
  Upper Wakefield
1855
pt The Murray  
12
Kapunda
1856
Adelaide; pt The Murray pt Gilbert (Saddleworth DC) from 1935
13
Daly
1866
Adelaide Yorke Peninsua from Pt Adelaide 1874
14
Clare
1855
pt The Murray pt Upper Wakefield from 1929
15
Pirie
1935
pt Daly; pt Clare  
16 Burra formerly The Murray
1856
pt The Murray pt Clare from 1874
The Murray
1848
created  
17
Frome
1857
pt Clare pt Flinders (Pt Augusta) from 1928
18
Flinders
1842
created expanded to current state borders 1874
19
Murray
1928
pt Wellington; pt Burra; pt Kapunda (Morgan DC); pt Angaston  
20
Pinnaroo
1928
pt Wellington; pt Nairne  
  Wellington
1856
created  
21
Robe
1855
created pt Wellington from 1928
22
Grey
1855
created  
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