GUIDE TO RESOURCES FOR TASMANIAN GENEALOGY

by Malcolm Ward

© Malcolm Ward 2005-2012. All rights reserved

This is a description of some of the resources for Tasmanian genealogy I have found useful over the years. It is a personal selection and biased towards my own experiences and will no doubt omit some useful material and may contain some inaccuracies. For instance, I haven't used Tasmanian institutions outside of Hobart and it's likely that many of the resources noted to be at the Archives Office of Tasmania are also available in the north of the state and probably elsewhere. My thanks to Meryl Yost for suggestions and refinements and to the many people who have given me tips and help over the years.

What resources you use will depend on the problem you are trying to solve, but those ones I think are particularly useful under certain categories (especially for beginners) I've marked with START HERE! Although many on-line and CD resources are mentioned here, it is wise to remember to always check the primary source, as transcription and spelling errors are all too common.

For further suggestions, comments and reports of broken links please contact me Malcolm Ward

PLEASE NOTE: Prior to 1825, Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) was governed from New South Wales, so pre 1825 government records pertaining to Tasmania (for instance, land, courts, etc) would likely be in the NSW Archives in Sydney. However many are held in the Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office in Hobart, and the TAHO hold microfilm copies of many of the records held in Sydney, but it is always worth checking the NSW collections for that elusive pre 1825 record.

This is their home page: http://www.records.nsw.gov.au/staterecords/welcome_to_state_records_nsw_1556.asp and this is a link to their on-line indexes: http://www.records.nsw.gov.au/state-archives/indexes-online/indexes-online.


INDEX

1

INSTITUTIONS

 

1.1

START HERE! TASMANIAN ARCHIVE AND HERITAGE OFFICE (TAHO) 

 

1.2

TASMANIAN FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY (TFHS)

 

1.3

STATE LIBRARY OF TASMANIA & TASMANIANA LIBRARY 

 

1.4

LAUNCESTON REFERENCE LIBRARY

 

1.5

QVMAG COMMUNITY HISTORY CENTRE & LIBRARY 

 

1.6

LDS FAMILY HISTORY CENTRES

 

1.7

NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA 

 

1.8

SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIAN GENEALOGISTS (SAG)

 

1.9

NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF AUSTRALIA 

 

1.10

TASMANIAN MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY

 

1.11

MARITIME MUSEUM OF TASMANIA

 

1.12

TASMANIAN HISTORICAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATION

 

1.13

COMPANION TO TASMANIAN HISTORY


2

BIRTHS, MARRIAGES (DIVORCES) & DEATHS (B, M & D)

 

2.1

WHATíS ON EARLY B, M & D RECORDS?

 

2.2

START HERE! TASMANIAN PIONEERS INDEX 1803-1900

 

2.3

TASMANIAN FEDERATION INDEX

 

2.4

JUSTICE TASMANIA

 

2.5

TASMANIAN FAMILY LINK DATABASE

 

2.6

NEWSPAPER INDEXES 

 

2.7

INFANT DEATHS IN NURSERIES (FEMALE FACTORIES ETC) 

 

2.8

INQUESTS 

 

2.9

DIVORCE


3

CHURCH PARISH RECORDS AND HISTORIES

 

3.1

PARISH RECORDS

 

3.2

CHURCH HISTORIES


4

BURIALS, TOMBSTONES AND MEMORIALS

 

4.1

CORNELIAN BAY CEMETERY AND CREMATORIUM 

 

4.2

CARR VILLA CEMETERY AND CREMATORIUM 

 

4.3

OTHER ON-LINE CEMETERIES 

 

4.4

OTHER CEMETERIES

 

4.5

ST DAVIDíS BURIAL GROUND, HOBART

 

4.6

FIRST FLEETER BURIALS

 

4.7

TAMIOT

 

4.8

UNDERTAKER RECORDS

 

4.9

CEMETERY LOCATIONS


5

CONVICTS AND COURTS

 

5.1

START HERE! TAS LIST CONVICT INDEXES & INFORMATION

 

5.2

AOT CONVICT INDEX AND DIGITISED CONVICT RECORDS ON LINE 

 

5.3

CONVICT RECORDS 

 

5.4

CONVICT TRANSPORTATION DATABASE 

 

5.5

CONVICT PERMISSION TO MARRY INDEX 

 

5.6

FEMALE CONVICTS 

 

5.7

FAMILIES OF CONVICTS

 

5.8

PORT ARTHUR 

 

5.9

CONVICT SHIPS AND NAVAL MEDICAL OFFICERS' RECORDS 

 

5.10

CONVICT TRIAL RECORDS - UK 

 

5.11

SWING RIOTERS / MACHINE BREAKERS 

 

5.12

IRISH CONVICT TRANSPORTATION 

 

5.13

PETTY SESSIONS COURT INDEX AND OTHER LOWER COURT, GAOL AND PRISONER RECORDS 

 

5.14

QUARTER SESSIONS TRIALS IN TASMANIA

 

5.15

POLICE GAZETTES ('REPORTS ON CRIME') 

 

5.16

SUPERIOR COURT TRIALS IN TASMANIA 

 

5.17

OTHER CONVICT RESOURCES 

 

6

CENSUSES, MUSTERS, ELECTORAL ROLLS, DIRECTORIES & NEWSPAPERS

 

6.1

START HERE! HISTORIC CENSUS, ELECTORAL ROLLS & DIRECTORIES 

 

6.2

MORE RECENT ELECTORAL ROLLS & DIRECTORIES 

 

6.3

MUSTERS 

 

6.4

NEWSPAPER HISTORY, COVERAGE AND TITLES 

 

6.5

NEWSPAPER INDEXES 

 

6.6

DIGITISED AND SEARCHABLE COLONIAL NEWSPAPERS 

 

6.7

OTHER DIGITISED VOLUMES 


7

ORPHANAGES, HOSPITALS, SCHOOLS, PUBLIC SERVICE & HOTELS/BREWERIES

 

7.1

ORPHANAGES, HOSPITALS AND CHILDREN IN CARE 

 

7.2

AOT ON SCHOOLS 

 

7.3

PUBLIC SERVICE RECORDS 

 

7.4

HOTELS & BREWERIES 


8

LAND RECORDS AND PUBLIC WORKS

 

8.1

"DEPARTMENT OF LANDS" DPIWE, HOBART

 

8.2

VALUATION ROLLS 

 

8.3

NSW COLONIAL SECRETARY RELATING TO LAND 

 

8.4

LAND GRANTS

 

8.5

TFHS PUBLICATIONS 

 

8.6

POST OFFICE DIRECTORIES 

 

8.7

PUBLIC WORKS RECORDS 1877 - 1935 


9

WILLS

 

9.1

START HERE! AOT INDEX AND DIGITISED COPIES OF WILLS ETC.

 

9.2

SUPREME COURT 

 

9.3

LANDS DEPARTMENT


10

PASSENGER AND SHIPPING LISTS

 

10.1

START HERE! GENERAL

 

10.2

TAS LIST IMMIGRATION RESOURCES AND LISTS

 

10.3

AOT FREE ARRIVALS INDEX 

 

10.4

AOT DEPARTURES INDEX 

 

10.5

AOT ASSISTED IMMIGRATION ARRIVALS

 

10.6

AOT MARINE BOARD OF HOBART ARRIVALS

 

10.7

PRIVATE WEB PAGES WITH LISTS 

 

10.8

TFHS PUBLICATIONS 

 

10.9

ARRIVALS VIA OTHER STATES 


11

MILITARY SERVICE

 

11.1

START HERE! AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL 

 

11.2

AIF WORLD WAR 1

 

11.3

COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION 

 

11.4

NATIONAL ARCHIVES - SERVICE RECORDS AND OTHER 

 

11.5

BRITISH ARMY (COLONIAL) 

 

11.6

BRITISH NAVY (COLONIAL) 

 

11.7

BRITISH ROYAL MARINES (COLONIAL) 


12

COLONIAL GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE CORRESPONDENCE

 

12.1

GOVERNOR & COLONIAL SECRETARY, AOT; WAYN INDEX, SLT 

 

12.2

ROYAL SOCIETY OF TASMANIA AND UNIVERSITY OF TASMANIA SPECIAL COLLECTIONS 

 

12.3

NSW (included Tasmania until 1825) 

 

12.4

HISTORICAL RECORDS OF AUSTRALIA

 

12.5

NLA MANUSCRIPT 3251 - VAN DIEMEN'S LAND 1821-1862


13

REGIONAL HISTORICAL SOCIETIES AND WEB PAGES

 

13.1

GLAMORGAN SPRING BAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND WAR MEMORIAL HERITAGE CENTRE (central East Coast area)

 

13.2

BRUNY ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY

 

13.3

BURNIE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

 

13.4

ULVERSTONE HISTORY MUSEUM 

 

13.5

BOTHWELL HISTORICAL SOCIETY 

 

13.6

ST HELENS HISTORY ROOM

 

13.7

CHANNEL HERITAGE MUSEUM (Snug)

 

13.8

BEACONSFIELD MINE AND HERITAGE CENTRE

 

13.9

LAUNCESTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY

 

13.10

HOBART TOWN (1804) FIRST SETTLERS ASSOCIATION

 

13.11

LILYDALE HISTORY GROUP

 

13.12

PENGUIN HISTORY GROUP 

 

13.13

SANDY BAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

 

13.14

WESTBURY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

 

13.15

WOOLMERS ESTATE (Longford)

 

13.16

GEORGE TOWN AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY

 

13.17

BELLERIVE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

 

13.18

HUON DISTRICT 


14

TOWN AND PROPERTY MAPS, PLANS AND NAMES

 

14.1

COLONIAL MAPS OF HOBART TOWN 

 

14.2

1854 MAP OF LAUNCESTON

 

14.3

OTHER EARLY TASMANIAN DISTRICT MAPS 

 

14.4

NATIONAL LIBRARY'S COLLECTION OF MAPS 

 

14.5

TOWN AND CITY STREET MAPS AND PROPERTY OUTLINES 

 

14.6

INDIVIDUAL PROPERTY SURVEYS 

 

14.7

COOKE'S 1879 "BALLOON EYE VIEW" OF HOBART 

 

14.8

CONTEMPORARY MAPS

 

14.9

METROPOLITAN DRAINAGE BOARD SURVEY PLANS 

 

14.10

ELECTORAL MAPS

 

14.11

SURVEYING HISTORY

 

14.12

NOMENCLATURE 


15

MINING AND THE WEST COAST

 

15.1

MINES AND MINERALS IN TASMANIA 

 

15.2

MT LYELL MINE AND MINE DISASTER 1912 

 

15.3

EMPLOYEE RECORDS AND CERTIFICATES ETC. 

 

15.4

MUSEUMS AND HERITAGE CENTRES 

 

15.5

WEST COAST BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, DEATHS AND BURIALS 

 

15.6

ARCHIVES OFFICE HOLDINGS 


16

RAILWAYS AND TRAMWAYS

 

16.1

ARCHIVES OFFICE OF TASMANIA

 

16.2

NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF AUSTRALIA (INCLUDING TASMANIAN EMPLOYEE RECORDS) 

 

16.3

HISTORICAL SOCIETIES AND MUSEUMS



© Malcolm Ward 2005-2012. All rights reserved
Submitted by Malcolm Ward 28-Jul-2005
Updated 18-Jun-2012

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