Family history

The Aboriginal family history unit was established in 1988 with the sole purpose of making the South Australian Museum's archival material available to Aboriginal family history researchers. We provide a confidential and professional genealogy research service to assist the Aboriginal people researching their family history.

Mapping family is a guide for Australian Aboriginal people derived from the genealogies and data cards recorded during the Harvard and Adelaide Universities expedition, whch took place from 1938–1939.

The Mapping Family guide is primarily an index of names – the Name Index - and is available as a publication in hardcopy and a downloadable PDF. In addition to the Name Index, each of the original genealogies for South Australia 1938–1939 (Sheets 1–172 and 211–213), has been reproduced in RootsMagic, a genealogy software that can be made available to family history researchers as an app, or by other means.

Its purpose is to provide information about the location of these records held in the South Australian Museum Archives and to assist Aboriginal people to link up with family and community. As well as a valuable tool for family history researchers, this resource can be utilised to grow family trees, incorporating successive generations. Before contacting the South Australian Museum Archives or Family History teams please search the archives that are available here.

The majority of the collections have not yet been indexed, including the genealogies and Board for Anthropological Data cards. The current list is available here.

You can find out more about making a Family History application processes by clicking on this link.

Please note that the majority of corporate records dating pre-1940 were transferred to State Records of South Australia. We recognise the importance of Aboriginal people having access to their family, community and cultural information. This is extremely important to members of the Stolen Generation and their descendants.

If you wish to submit a family history application, please fill in the family history application form and/or contact Family History staff.

Mapping family is a guide for Australian Aboriginal people derived from the genealogies and data cards recorded during the Harvard and Adelaide Universities expedition, 1938–1939.

The guide is primarily an index of names – the Name Index, and is available as a publication in hardcopy and a downloadable PDF. In addition to the Name Index, each of the original genealogies for South Australia 1938–1939 (Sheets 1–172 and 211–213), has been reproduced in RootsMagic, a genealogy software that can be made available to family history researchers as an app, or by other means.

Its purpose is to provide information about the location of these records held in the South Australian Museum Archives and to assist Aboriginal people to link up with family and community. As well as a valuable tool for family history researchers, this resource can be utilised to grow family trees, incorporating successive generations
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