BDM

The Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Office can only provide information by way of certificates and does so following receipt of a formal application.

Family history research services are available from the SA Genealogy Society.

You can access their online databases here

For information related to public access to State Records Archives can be found at Archive Services

Please note: priority service is not available for family history searches.

Details on Certificates

The information contained on a birth, death or marriage certificate is below.

Below are the content available on birth certificates for a given period of time.

1842 – 1907

  • Date of Birth
  • Name
  • Sex
  • Mother’s Name
  • Father’s Name
  • Father’s Profession
  • Informant

1908 – 1979

  • Date of Birth
  • Place of Birth
  • Name
  • Father’s Name, Age, Profession, Residence, Birthplace
  • Mother’s Name, Age, Residence, Birthplace
  • Year of Parent’s Marriage
  • Number of Previous Issue, Living and Deceased
  • Informant

1980 – 1992

As for 1908 – 1979 with the addition of:

  • Date and Place of Parent’s Marriage

Births after 1993

As for 1980 – 1992 with the addition of:

  • Parents Date and Place of Birth
  • Mother’s Occupation
  • Name and Date of Birth of Previous Issue, Living and Deceased

Below are the content available on death certificates for a given period of time.

1842 – 1907

  • Date of Death
  • Name
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Profession
  • Usual Residence
  • Cause of Death
  • Place of Death
  • Informant

1908 – 1947

  • Date
  • Place of Death
  • Name
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Profession
  • Usual Residence
  • Birthplace
  • Length of Residence
  • Age at Marriage
  • Number of Issue, Living and Deceased
  • Cause of Death
  • Informant

1948 – 1967

As for 1908 – 1947 with the addition of:

  • Place of Burial

1968 – 1989

As for 1948 – 1967 with the addition of:

  • Marital status
  • Name of spouse

1990 – 1992

As for 1968 – 1989 with the addition of:

  • Date of birth

Deaths after 1993

As for 1990 – 1992 with the addition of:

  • Parents’ names
  • Name, date and birth of issue, living and deceased

Below are the content available on marriage certificates for a given period of time.

1842 – 1856

  • Date and Place of Marriage
  • Bride and Bridegroom’s Names, Ages, Rank (occupation)
  • Signatures and Description
  • Name of Clergyman

1857 – 1867

  • Date and Place of Marriage
  • Bride and Bridegroom’s Names, Ages
  • Trade
  • Residence
  • Father’s Names
  • Church

1868 – 1907

  • Date and Place of Marriage
  • Bride and Bridegroom’s Names, Ages
  • Condition (maritial status)
  • Trade
  • Residence
  • Father’s Names

1908 – 1963

  • Date and Place of Marriage
  • Bride and Bridegroom’s Names, Ages, Place and Country of Birth
  • Condition (marital status)
  • Trade
  • Residence
  • Father’s names

Marriages after 1964

  • Date and Place of Marriage
  • Bride and Bridegroom’s Names
  • Date and Place of Birth of Bride and Bridegroom
  • Occupation
  • Residence
  • Marital Status
  • Mother’s and Father’s Names