15 people braved the cold weather to explore the SA Genealogy & Heraldry Society with SALIN on Thursday 11th June.
The Society was started in 1973. It was located in several places including Kent Town, Keswick & the City before moving to its current location in Unley in June 1987.
The Society library holds over 22,000 publications and 80,000 microfiche & card indexes (Royal Adelaide Hospital, Cemetery, Dulcie Love Germanic, Catholic Baptisms and others). The material in the collection is classified geographically – within Australia and outside Australia. Items are classified further into subsets – states, shipping, convicts, Indigenous, religious, SA local history and SA family history.
Besides published material the collection also includes manuscripts such as family history folders, newspaper indexes, electoral rolls, births, deaths & marriages indexes, microfiche which include school, parish, council & asylum records and online resources such as databases and search platforms, most of which are accessible through the Genealogy SA website. The website was launched in 2012 with a members’ only section being added in 2014.
Membership to the Society costs $75 for an Australian resident. Members have access to the Society’s library without payment and may borrow material from the library for a fortnight. They also receive a copy of the quarterly journal “The South Australian Genealogist” and a discount on certain publications and seminars conducted by the Society.
The library is at 201 Unley Road, Unley.