GUIDE TO RESOURCES FOR TASMANIAN GENEALOGY

by Malcolm Ward

© Malcolm Ward 2005-2007. All rights reserved


 3.  CHURCH PARISH RECORDS AND HISTORIES

 

3.1

PARISH RECORDS

Church baptism, marriage and burial records are largely available at the AOT. Search http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/default.aspx?search=1 for their holdings (eg enter the words <<Bothwell baptism>> to find out the holdings of Bothwell baptismal records at the AOT). A guide is kept on the front counter in the AOT search room and this is probably easier to use. TFHS and Launceston Reference Library, Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Community History Museum Inveresk Launceston, Catholic Archdiocese of Hobart Museum-Archives and individual Churches also hold some church parish records.

Certain parish records have been indexed and published in books as an on-going project and these are available commercially and at certain libraries. See http://www.tasfamily.net.au/ and follow the links to 'bookshop' and then 'indexes'.

Alex Buchanan's book "Index to Tasmanian Births/Baptisms 1803-1840" (1991) calls upon some sources not included in the Tasmanian Pioneers Index and is worth seeking out if you are chasing an elusive baptism.


 

3.2

CHURCH HISTORIES

A few books covering the history of the various churches in Tasmania are (with thanks to Maureen Martin):

  • Presbyterian Church of Tasmania: Triple Jubilee (1973) compiled by Robert Miller
  • Tasmanian Methodism, 1820-1975 by MEJ Stansall
  • The Anglican Church in Tasmania : a Diocesan history to mark the sesquicentenary: 1992 by Geoffrey Stephens
  • Congregationalism in Tasmania, 1830-1977 : a brief history by Theo Sharples
  • The Presbyterian Pioneers of Van Diemen's Land by J Heyer, 1935
  • Churches of Van Diemen's Land by Reg. Watson
  • A Few From Afar - Jewish lives in Tasmania from 1804 by Peter & Ann Ellis
  • One hundred years of witness : a history of the Hobart Baptist Church, 1884-1984 by Laurence Rowston
  • Planting the Faith series on the Catholic Church by Father Terry Southerwood



© Malcolm Ward 2005-2007. All rights reserved
Submitted by Malcolm Ward 28-Jul-2005
Updated 04-Mar-2006