For too many years I put Tasmanian connections in a black box – too hard.
David had paternal Hibbs and maternal line Bates – Griffin – Amos – Green connections down there – dating back to 1798 and 1808 respectively.
My Hicks – Spowart branch family went down there in 1892 – and were in mining areas around Beaconsfield, Strachan, Storeys Creek and Zeehan.
Adam’s 4 x great grandmother from his Piper line had emigrated to Hobart, Van Diemans Land on the Strathfieldsay in 1834.
I had previously joined and followed a couple of Tasmanian Genealogy groups on Facebook – looked at the Tasmanian Library LINC system, but it was too different to the NSW BDM system so I thought. Move on to other family lines instead – I’ll get back to the Tasmanian lines one day …. maybe….
I’d travelled to Tasmania in early 1975 with David, and then again in 2008 with our daughter, Katrina. We knew of the Peter Hibbs – “Norfolk” Bass and Flinders connection in 1798, when we visited the Bass and Flinders Museum in Georgetown on the Tamar in 2008.
But in 2008 I hadn’t realised how close we were to Port Dalrymple. That was where David and Katrina’s ancestor Maria Green nee Bates was born in 1808. It was literally two centuries earlier – possibly she was born in Yorktown just across from the Tamar from Georgetown.
And then I offered to help a friend, an adoptee and new to family history, who had just done a DNA test with Ancestry.com. Fairly quickly it became obvious that all his ancestral lines pointed to Tasmania – dating from at least as far back as 1818 – with 19 or 20 convicts. Gulp.
In fact combined with his original pre-adoption birth certificate, using his DNA results and family trees of his DNA matches, we made a good start. Ultimately he was to learn of all of his biological ancestral lines back to at least all of his 3 x great grandparents.
Always great to find a good map of an area being researched – thanks to Alona Tester and Gould Genealogy for this one of Tasmania in 1837 !
My education in Tasmanian genealogical resources was well underway.
What sources did I use or discover ? Well just about everything in the end.
- Ancestry.com – DNA matches, trees, card index eg electoral rolls, land grants
- FamilySearch – Deaths – Civil Registration records
- Tasmanian Library LINC Names Index, Pioneer Index (not on-line), School & Education, Military Records, War Memorials, Immigration to Tasmania, District Registers, Post Office Directory, Archives
- Tasmanian Federation Index – accessed on site at the National Library of Australia in Canberra – also available at NSW State Library
- Founders and Survivors
- UTAS Companion to Tasmanian History
- The Malcolm Ward List of Resources
- AUS- Tasmanian Genealogy Resources
- Hobart LDS Family History Centre
- Tasmanian Free Surnames Genealogy Resources
- Obtaining Tasmanian BDM’s – Justice Dept
- NSW BDM’s for the early years of Van Diemans Land
- Tasmanian Genealogy Links
- Tasmania – Gould Genealogy – more
- Tasmanian Genealogical and Local History Societies – Tasmanian Family History Society, CSI & Journals, Historical Societies of Tasmania, Family History Groups in Tasmania, Bellrive,
- Fellowship of First Fleeters
- Websites including those of DNA matches
- Google on topics such as Peter Hibbs, Port Dalrymple
- A Callcott “cousin
- Tasmanian Convicts on Facebook
- Tasmanian Convict Trail on Facebook
- Claim a Convict
- Convict Records
- Irish Convicts
- Tasmanian Convicts
- Convict Ships to Tasmania
- Tasmania Convict System
- Digital Panopticon
- Rootsweb – Convicts in Tasmania Links
- Female Convicts Research Centre
- Female Factories
- Tasmanian Convicts Permission to Marry
- Archives of Tasmania – Convict Guide
- Old Bailey On-line
- Churches, Obituaries, Cemeteries & Gravestones
- Using DNA for Genealogy – Australia and NZ on Facebook
- Tasmanian Finding Their Past – Genealogical Group on Facebook
- Early Colony History of NSW Norfolk Island Tasmania 1788 – 1820 on Facebook
I still prefer NSW BDM’s etc but am now much more comfortable with the Tasmanian Library LINC resource. The Tasmanian Federation Index at the National Library in Canberra was good to use – it just needs planning ahead to use it either in Canberra or the NSW State Library in Sydney.