​​​​​​Tasmanian Names Index help​​​​​​​


The Tasmanian Name Index tab searches records from the following sources:

  • Arrivals (19th Century). Passengers and ships arriving, mainly in Hobart. Contains surnames A-K, L-Z to be added.
  • Births (1803-1933). People born in Tasmania including some baptisms collected by the Registrar General (1900-1933 baptisms only).
  • Census (1837-1857). Householders in the 1840s and 1850s, not complete for all districts.
  • Deaths (1803-1933). People who died in Tasmania including some burial records collected by the Registrar General (1900-1933 burials only).
  • Convict permissions to marry (1829-1857). Convicts applying to marry free people or other convicts.
  • Convicts (1803-1893). Convicts transported to Tasmania and those convicted locally through the convict system.
  • Departures (1817-1867). People leaving Tasmanian ports, mainly Launceston.
  • Divorces (1861-1920). Petitions for divorce in the Tasmanian Supreme Court.
  • Health & Welfare (1830-1873). Patients and attendants at the New Norfolk Colonial Hospital and applications to the Queens Orphan School.
  • Hotels and Properties (1818-1958). Hotel licensees, inquests into fires, Launceston buildings and demolished hotels.
  • Inquests (1828-1930). Inquests into people's deaths.
  • Marriages (1803-1899). People who married in Tasmania.
  • Miscellaneous (1838-1873). General correspondence of the Comptroller general of convicts and North Fleet shipwreck survivors.
  • Naturalisations (1835-1905). People applying to become citizens.
  • Prisoners (1895-1902). Prisoners in the Hobart gaol.
  • Wills (1824-1989). Wills and letters of administration of estates registered for probate.
  • WW1 Photographs (1914-1919). Photographs and articles from the Tasmanian Mail and Weekly Courier illustrated newspaper. *

* Data indexed by Wendy Knolle and kindly supplied by the Tasmanian Family History Society, Hobart Branch

Watch the video​ to get an overview of the Names index and how it works.

Help us to improve the Names Index
Our policy is to index names as they are spelt in the original record. If you find any other mistakes or missing records you can help us make our Names Index even better by letting us know at indexcorrections@education.tas.gov.au

You can also get copies of items not available online by using this form.​

Quick start guide
The following is covered in this guide:

​​​​​​​Log​​​ging in (My Account, My Lists)​


Login to:

  • Access My Account to view your personal information, manage your holds, renew your loans and pay fees and charges - see My Account help
  • Manage lists of saved records in My Lists – see My Lists help


If you are using a shared or public PC It is important to protect your ID and privacy by clicking Log Out as your membership information will be remembered


At any time you can clear your search and start your search again by clicking the reset icon (1).

Enter your search into the search box and press the Enter key or click the search icon (2).

Search for a single word or multiple words or a phrase. If you want an exact phrase you need to surround the phrase with double quotation marks.

Search examples:

  • clarence
  • lady bird
  • "Brown John"

If using a quoted search the order is important. For example "John Brown" will not find records associated with John Brown as the names in this index always display with last name first i.e. Brown, John

The default selection is All Fields or use the drop-down to select Name, Ship, Place registered, Census district:



​​Res​ults listing


Your results display​:

  • Your search so far. Click on the red cross to remove your search term 
  • Options on the left hand side that can be used to limit your search results 
  • Links to the full detail record​​ click on an image or name of the person


​​​Limiting search results

The categories to the left of your results can be used to limit your results.

The Record type, Year and Name categories are expanded. The other categories can be expanded by clicking the + icon:


For each expanded category the top 5 limits display.

To select a limit(s), click the checkbox(es) and click the Select button:



Records can be removed from your results by clicking the Ignore button:



If there are more than 5 limits, all can be displayed by clicking View All (3):

Options may be sorted A to Z and the required limits selected or ignored:



You can also limit your search results by adding extra search words or phrases (5). As with the original search you can use the drop-down to select Name, Ship, Place registered, Census district to search rather than All Fields. ​​


Year limits

The year category always displays 5 limits 


When you select a range, the years are split into 5 more limit ranges allowing you to continue to drill down until single years display:


​​​Viewing a record​


You can view the resource within this record (6) but we recommend you click on the Resources link (7) to open the digitised record in another browser tab. You can also download the highest quality copy of this record by clicking "Download Copy" (8)

Clicking the blue links will perform a new search for the words in that link. For example, a subject search for all Record Types "Wills"

The action icons (9) allow you to:

  • Change to a print friendly browser view​
  • Email the record
  • Add the record to a list – see My Lists help

Click Permalink to display the unique web address for this record which you can bookmark in your browser: ​


​​Frequently​ asked questions

Can you use Boolean searching or wildcards?

No, but the Tasmanian Names Index uses fuzzy logic to provide relevant search results even if the original question is unclear or misspelt. Fuzzy logic searching allows you to find not only results from the name or other term that you have searched for, but also ones that are related to it. For example, a search for Healy will also find Healey.

Where can I find more information on my heritage?

Our online guides provide a wealth of information for the family historian or anyone doing research about Tasmania and Tasmanians.

What can I do if I find a mistake?

Our policy is to index names as they are spelt in the original record. If you find any other mistakes or missing records you can help us make our Names Index even better by letting us know at indexcorrections@education.tas.gov.au

Is there anywhere else I can search for names?

You can search Tasmanian Archives Online for names.

What can I do if I need help using the Names Index?

Contact us​ to get help during business hours.

Are these the same Birth Death and Marriage records I used to find through the Pioneers Index and microfilm?

Yes, but with the Tasmanian Names Index you can search and view the records online instead of having to get a reference number and then search a microfilm for the corresponding record.​