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Travel back in time at the State Library of South...

Travel back in time at the State Library of South Australia

One of our Family History librarians visited the State Library of South Australia. Here are her thoughts:

On the June long weekend I visited the State Library of South Australia’s Family History centre and State Records SA. State Records SA is part of the State Library of South Australia and operates within its Reading Room on North Terrace in Adelaide. Stepping into State Records SA is like taking a step back in time, something every family historian longs to do. The walls are decorated with enlistment posters from yesteryear and vintage travel posters advertising holiday hot spots in South Australia. There is an impressive array of fact sheets on South Australian government records to help you with your family history research.

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The Family History centre at the State Library of South Australia is adjacent. It contains a wealth of resources including newspapers on microfilm, births, deaths and marriages indexes and electoral rolls. The Family History centre also features a colourful display of new books recently added to the Family History collection. When I visited the centre it was alive with activity! Even early on a Sunday morning, family historians could be found searching electoral rolls and browsing newspapers.

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If you have ancestors with a South Australian connection a visit to the State Library of South Australia and State Records SA is a must. It will help you to locate government records like school admissions registers and land records so you can learn more about the daily lives of your ancestors. In the Family History centre you can also search historical South Australian newspapers and see your ancestors’ names in print. Discover the secrets of your South Australian family tree at the State Library of South Australia and State Records SA.