South Australia, Australia Marriages - What else you can try

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How to find birth records, marriage records and death records, Why Can't I Find the Record - South Australia, Australia Marriages

This page will give you additional guidance and resources to find marriage information for your ancestor. Use this page after first completing the marriage section of the South Australia Guided Research page.

Additional Online Resources

Additional Databases and Online Resources

Substitute Records

Additional Records with Marriage Information

Substitute records may contain information about more than one event and are used when records for an event are not available. Records that are used to substitute for marriage events may not have been created at the time of the marriage. The accuracy of the record is contingent upon when the information was recorded. Search for information in multiple substitute records to confirm the accuracy of these records.

Use these substitute records to locate marriage information about your ancestor:
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FamilySearch(FS) Collections
Why to search the records
Census Records
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Census records may can list the relationship to the head of household and marital status of every individual.
Church Records
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Church marriage records may be available when civil marriage records cannot be found. A church marriage record may provide the bride’s maiden name in addition to the date and place of the marriage. To access church records, first determine the denomination.
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May contain engagement and marriage notices, and even obituaries that can provide the name of a spouse.
Military Records
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Military records may include the name of an individual's spouse.

Improve Searching

Tips for finding marriages

Successfully finding marriage records in online databases depends on a few key points. Try the following search suggestions:

  • Spelling variations. Your ancestor's name may be misspelled. Search with spelling variations for the first and last name of your ancestor.
  • Search given name. Search by given name by leaving out the last name.
  • Search for bride. Search by the bride’s name rather than the groom’s name.
  • Add information. For common names, add more information to narrow the search such as approximate year of marriage or the county the marriage took place in.
  • Date range. Expand the date range of the search by a few years.
  • Search county. Search using the county name only instead of by parish.

Why the Record may not Exist

Known Record Gaps

Records Start
The dates of commencement of civil registration in each colony/state and territory are:

State Start Date Notes
Tasmania 1838 1-Dec
South Australia 1842 1-Jul
Western Australia 1841 9-Sep
Victoria 1853 1-Jul
Queensland 1856 1-Mar ¶ Note 1
New South Wales 1856 1-Mar
Northern Territory 1870 24-Aug ¶ Note 2
Australian Capital Territory 1930 1-Jan ¶ Note 3

Note 1. Civil registration commenced in Queensland when it was still part of the Colony of New South Wales. The relevant records were transferred to the control of the new Colony of Queensland at its formation in 1859.
Note 2. Civil registration began in the Northern Territory when it was administered from Adelaide. Responsibility was taken over by the Commonwealth from South Australia in 1911. The function was transferred to the Northern Territory Government in 1978 when internal self-government was granted.
Note 3. Civil registration began in the Australian Capital Territory from the creation of the Territory. At first, the function was carried out by New South Wales until 1930 when the Commonwealth took over. In 1988, the function was transferred to the Government of the Australian Capital Territory when internal self-government was granted.

Records Destroyed
Some records may have been lost, destroyed, or damaged. More specific information is not known. Civil registration records are generally complete.

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