Listed below are some key family history resources for Tasmania. For information relating to specific types of material, such as passenger lists, please select from the links on the left.
Key ResourcesTasmania collection of records 1830s to 1930s
This CD-ROM contains over 175,000 references to people in Tasmania from 1803 to 1953 and was compiled from material held in the Mitchell Library and Tasmanian archives.
Deane index re-indexed 1823-1840 settlers, military, convicts etc.
Miss Mathilde E Deane, working at the Public Record Office in 1929-1930 compiled an index to letters by or about settlers, military and individuals in the Colonial Office records for both New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land. This CD-ROM is a searchable re-working of that original index. Letters indexed are available as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project collection held in the Genealogy Centre on the 3rd floor.
Archives and Libraries
National Archives of Australia
The National Archives houses Commonwealth government records such as military, immigration and naturalisation papers. Records date from Federation in 1901 although, for some government departments, earlier material dating back to the mid-1850s is held. Over 18 million records have been digitised and are searchable by selecting Search the collection from their home page. Other material can be viewed in their State and Territory Reading rooms.
This is a combined portal for the State Library of Tasmania, the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office and some other agencies. The Tasmania's Heritage tab has information on family history, convicts, digitised content, maps and plans and more.
Use our SLWA Family History Bookmarks to find websites for Tasmania recommended by the Family History Subject Specialists. Simply click on any heading of interest e.g. tasmania-convicts to see a list of websites relating to this topic. The larger the tag, the more websites appear on the list.
Tasmanian Family History Society Inc. (formerly the Genealogical Society of Tasmania)
To find other material at the State Library try searching our catalogue using the keywords tasmania genealogy.
Page last updated: Thursday 13 March 2014