Tasmanian convict records

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You are researching a convict who was transported to Tasmania (VDL). You have heard of the Tasmanian Names Index via LINC website, but how do you use it?

Like all good repositories, there is a help page that takes you through how to search using the index. This page includes a video showing how to use the filters and records when searching. There is also a quick start guide to look at. I would recommend watching the video as it will help with your searching and make it more efficient. I just spent some time watching it and learned some things to help with refining my search and saving the records.

Let’s now get more specific about convict records.

Again there are two family history pages to look at to help with convict records.

The first one is a convict portal which is linked to a map of Tasmania. Links on the map take you to specific places related to convicts in Tasmania eg probation stations, female factories, depots etc. Beside the map are links to other useful convict websites (not necessarily Tasmanian):

The second page explains all the different convict related records available for Tasmanian records. Most of these are digitized but not necessarily found by using the Tasmanian Names Index.

My next post will be more details about Tasmanian convict records especially those in the archive section rather than the Tasmanian Names Index.

Readers: What have you found interesting so far about researching a convict whether in Tasmania or another Australia state?


Finding online resources in Tasmania

Here in Tasmania we are very lucky with the amount of resources we have online to use for researching family history.

I would suggest first step is head to the LINC site and check out their family history category. This first page has a hints and tips section including a video

but most importantly

A names index

I only found this the other day. It includes links to births, deaths, marriages, wills from 1803 through to 1899 and some even more recently especially the wills. Everything in one spot sure beats looking at each type of record separately and on different microfilms or discs.

Once you put a surname in the search area of the index, you can then refine the search on the left handside area to include only specific things or to exclude others.

To see what is in the book or will, just click on the cover and it will open a new window with more information – often a digitized copy of the original document.


It also includes links to convict records and arrivals.