Australia, Tasmania, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description

These records include civil registrations of baptisms, births, marriages, deaths, and burials in Tasmania, Australia. Original records are kept in the Archives Office of Tasmania in Hobart, Australia.

At first, civil registration required the clergy to make copies of marriage, baptism, and burial records. These records are known as civil transcripts of church records. Because churches were involved in early civil registration, it is difficult to clearly distinguish between civil registration and church records. About 1856, the responsibility for civil registration was placed in the hands of government employees independent of the church. Civil registration then required people to report all births, marriages, and deaths to a civil registrar.

When civil registration first began, there was no common standard of recording information. Later records generally give more complete information than earlier ones.

For a list of records currently published in this collection, select the browse link from the collection landing page.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

“Australia, Tasmania, Civil Registration, 1803-1933.” Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2013. Citing Archives Office of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Baptism records generally contain the following information:

  • Name of child
  • Date and place of baptism
  • Names of parents
  • Residence
  • Father’s Occupation
  • Gender

Birth records may contain the following information:

  • Name of child
  • Date and place of birth
  • Name and surname of father
  • Name and Maiden name of Mother
  • Father’s occupation
  • Date of registration

Marriage records generally contain the following information:

  • Name of bride and groom
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Age of bride and groom
  • Occupation of groom
  • Names of witnesses

Death records generally contain the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Date of death
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Occupation
  • Cause of death
  • Date of registration

Burial records generally contain the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Last residence
  • Date of burial
  • Age at burial
  • Occupation of deceased

How to Use the Record

To begin your search for birth or baptism records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of parents
  • Approximate year of birth or baptism
  • Place

To begin your search for marriage records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of bride or groom
  • Approximate year of marriage
  • Place

To begin your search for death or burial records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Approximate year of death
  • Place

Search the Collection

To search the collection image by image select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "Place"
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type"
⇒Select the appropriate "Archival Call Number and Record Description" which will take you to the images.

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

Tips to Keep in Mind

There may be more than one person in the records with the same name. Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

Quite a few births were registered without a given name. It is possible to find the names by doing the following.

  • Look at the civil register to see if a name was added after the index was created.
  • Look at the civil register to see if a note was added about where the child was baptised and his or her given name.
  • Search additional records, such as marriage, newspapers or obituaries, to decide by a preponderance of evidence the probable name of the child.

Known Issues with This Collection

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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

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Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: Australia, Tasmania, Civil Registration, 1803-1933

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.