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​Tasmanian Names Index search 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.
  • General Index (1818-1934). A range of records, including people's names and subjects.
  • Inquests (1828-1930). Inquests into people's deaths.
  • Marriages (1803-1899). People who married in Tasmania.
  • 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

​Help us to improve the N​​​ames 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

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

Quick s​​​tart guide

The following is covered i​​​n this guide

Log​​​ging in


You can login any time (1)


This allows you to place holds, access My Account​ and My Lists​ without being prompted to log in.

If you are using a shared or public PC It is important to protect your ID and privacy by clicking Log Out (2) as your membership information will be remembered.



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

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. For example

  • 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 (2) or use the drop-down (3) to select name, ship, Place registered, Census district  ​


After typing your search press the Enter key or the search icon​

Res​ults listing


1. Your search so far. Click on the red cross to remove your search term 
2. The options on the left hand side are used to limit your search results 
3. Click on an image or the name of the person to view the full detail record​​

Limiting search results


1. Click on the words to view records related to that record type, or tick the boxes to include or exclude multiple records 
2. The number of records from your search related to the record type are displayed on the right 
3. Choose the view all button to see a full list of record types
4. You can select multiple items from a list
5. Clicking on include or exclude will apply changes to your selection (4)​

6. Sort record types alphabetically or by number of results 
7. Include or exclude record types first selecting them and clicking on the include or exclude button​

You can also limit your search results or adding extra search words or phrases (8). 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 ​

Press the Enter key or the search icon (number next to icon) 

Viewing a record​


1. Information relating to the record is displayed above the record. Clicking on one of the blue hyperlinks will let you view all results for that category. For example, clicking on "wills" next to record type will display all records for "wills". 
2. Records are best viewed in a new page.  You can open a new page by clicking on the blue hyperlink next to the Resource field.
3. The permalink is a web address that you can bookmark in your browser or share via email 
4. Clicking the "add to my lists" ​button will allow you to add this record to a list 
5. You can download the highest quality copy of this record by clicking "download copy" 
6. You can use the navigation box to manipulate the record, save or print.  ​​​​

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

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.​​