South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society Inc

Identity area



Authorized form of name

South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society Inc

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • Genealogy SA


  • Community

Contact area





Street address

201 Unley Road, Unley




South Australia

Country name

Postal code



08 8724222



Description area


Founded in 1972 and incorporated on 29 August 1973, the Society now has over 3200 members and a significant library.

Geographical and cultural context

Primarily focused on South Australia.

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

A President and Council are elected at the Annual General Meeting.
A branch is based at Kadina with a small library. (Kadina is a town on the Yorke Peninsula, approximately 144 km north-northwest of Adelaide.)

Records management and collecting policies

The collection policy is primarily focused on South Australia. The society has an active copying policy (previously by microform and now digitisation) and an active indexing program with volunteers entering data into a computer database which is being gradually up-loaded onto the website.


Located in the former Unley Institute building, built in 1911.


  • Large collection of published and unpublished family histories
  • Microform series of the District Registers of Birth, Marriage and District Certificates, 1842-c1932.
  • Church registers (complete collection for Catholic Church, Anglican and Presbyterian Churches and smaller collections for other denominations)
  • School admission registers
  • Local Government assessment records
  • Ships' passenger lists and indexes
  • Hospital admission registers
  • Indexes of Adelaide 'Advertiser' personal notices, c1972 onwards.

Finding aids, guides and publications

In-house database of records which is increasingly being moved onto a website database.

Access area

Opening times

Tuesday, 10.30am-9pm
Wednesday and Thursday, 10.30am to 4.30pm
Saturday, 10.30am to 4.30pm
Sunday (2nd and 4th), 1-4.30 pm
Office Hours Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm.

Access conditions and requirements

The Library is primarily for the use of the members, however, non-members can use the library by paying a visitor's fee. Some material is available on the website, but a fee is payable for additional material by non-members.


A location map is available on the website. Public Transport runs past the Library.
Wheelchair access is available.

Services area

Research services

See website for fees.

Reproduction services

A photocopier is available and a digital camera can be used for some records. Copies can be taken from microform viewers. However, there is an embargo on copying some records (eg District Records of Births, Deaths and Marriages).

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

3 May 2019




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Family / Domestic Life (Thematic area)
  • Genealogical (Thematic area)
  • Immigration (Thematic area)
  • Religion (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

201 Unley Road, Unley
Adelaide, South Australia 5061