Graham Jaunay has no seminars or talks scheduled for November.
It looks like an early break for Christmas! A late October seminar has
Genealogy on the Web - Seaford
Library – 26 October)
The new Adelaide
Northern Districts Family History Group is now meeting regularly
on the 3rd
Thursday of the month in the Old Police Station at 3 Ann Street Salisbury
NAA Adelaide Office
The National Archives has advised that their Adelaide Office reading
room hours from 9 Oct will be: 9:00am to 4:30pm Wed, Thu and Fri.
The SA Genealogy
& Heraldry Society has released the SA Death Index 1916–1972
in the usual three formats—book, fiche and CD. Remember what was said
in the previous newsletter—If given the choice, you should always
opt to search the CD rather than the other media, as databases provide very powerful
searching features especially when you use wildcard searching techniques coupled
with a bit of lateral thinking.
Online surname index
In July 1994 Adelaide Proformat was established and by October had its
web site in operation. Early in 1995 in conjunction with GENUKI the
recently established Online
Name Listing was extended to
cover some UK counties not taken up by local residents in the UK.
over time most of those gave up for various reasons until the majority
of counties were managed by Graham Jaunay. At the peak, over
800 submissions were being made every day and the site accounted
millions of visits annually. Throughout its whole life the site has
never charged anyone to make a submission.
In 2000 the landscape of the web started to change and we saw a greater
commercialism on the Internet. Strangely today people would rather
pay a subscription to Lost Cousins or Genes Reunited than
post their interests to the Online
Name Listing free service and so the listings decline.
In August 2006 the site received just 403 postings, in August 2005
postings totaled 794, In August 1999 they totaled 27827! The unique
visitors to end of August 2006 for the year total just 284065, a
tenth of expectations in 1999.
What does all this mean? Eventually the listing will become so small
that the chances of finding a result will diminish to zero and everyone
will be forced to pay a fee to subscribe to one of the commercial
In this issue:
• New family history group
• NAA Adelaide Office
• SA Death Index 1916–1972
• Online surname index
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As suggested in the previous newsletter, if you cannot find an entry in the Principal
Registrar's BDM Indexes, it may be useful to check the District
Registrar’s material as the item may have been lost in the transferring
Remember you can only find a complete set of this material at the
SA Genealogy & Heraldry Society as they initially filmed this material when
District registries were closed in 1992. Some LDS and public libraries hold the
material for their area only.
It is useful to have an understanding of how the system worked and therefore
the possible problems you will encounter when using SA BDM records.
In July 1842 the colony was effectively divided into two District Registries based
on Port Lincoln and Adelaide headed by District Registrars answerable to the
Principal Registrar in Adelaide (see illustration). Every 6 months the District
file a copy of his certificates with the Principal Registrar. All
people living outside the defined areas had to make their way to the
nearest Deputy Registrar.
Parents were compelled to register births within 6 weeks or face a £10
Some late registrations had their
adjusted to comply with this requirement and avoid the fine, while other just
and Scots were reticent to register births.
The responsibility for reporting marriages lay with the celebrants who had to
supply a return to the District Registrar every quarter.
The occupier of a house was required to report a death within 10 days or face
a fine of £10. Technically cemetery operators could not
bury a body without sighting the death certificate or a burial order. A burial
order could be issued by an officer acting as a coroner or presiding over an
inquest. Some of these failed to report the death to the District Registrar considering
a burial order as sufficient. Some remote deaths resulted in burials without
a death certificate. Deaths in which the body was not recovered sometimes went
Over time penalties were reduced as rather than encourage
reporting they tended to hinder them!
As the population grew, additional districts were created. Over time
some were merged with their neighbours. At the peak of the system
there were 22 districts. The adjacent illustration shows the districts
in 1882 with most areas to the west of the gulfs not covered. With
the increasing districts and their small size in populated areas,
the District in which they occurred.
Details of all these districts including their commencement dates
and how to access the records are available on the Adelaide
Proformat web site.
If you are searching an era before civil registration or for families
that avoided registering births, you will have to rely on other,
known as parish registers.