Australia, Tasmania, Military Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

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[Australia, Tasmania, Military Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records scheduled to become available at

Record Description[edit | edit source]

This collection will include military records from 1878-1903.

This record consists of indexes and images of two small series of records from the Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office including Registers of Volunteers Enrolled in the Southern Tasmanian Volunteer Artillery (7 Jul 1887-29 May 1903), and the Nominal Roll of Volunteers, Launceston Artillery (29 Apr 1878-4 Apr 1884). The original records are located in the Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office, Hobart, Australia.

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

Record Content[edit | edit source]

Military records may contain the following information:

  • Given Name or Initials
  • Surname
  • Residence
  • Occupation
  • Age
  • Physical Description
  • Date of Enrollment
  • Military Rank

How to Use the Record[edit | edit source]

When searching:
As you are searching, it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence, estimated age at enrollment, or estimated birth year.

Search the Collection[edit | edit source]

To search by index: Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

Using the Information[edit | edit source]

  • Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date.
  • Use the soldier's age and location of the military unit to find his family in census, church, and land records.
  • Use the soldier’s place of residence to locate local government or church records.

Tips to Keep in Mind[edit | edit source]

  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community.
  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have served in the same unit or a nearby unit.
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.

Unable to Find your Ancestor?[edit | edit source]

  • Check for variant spellings of the names.
  • Look for additional indexes. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the records of nearby military units, counties or parishes.
  • Try searching for only the given name or surname, as one may be indexed incorrectly.
  • Some of these records only record initials for the given and middle names, try searching with just the initials or the surname to locate your ancestor.

Other Searches[edit | edit source]

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Don't overlook FHL Place Australia, Tasmania items or FHL Keyword Australia, Tasmania items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Australia Archives and Libraries.

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Contributions to this Article[edit | edit source]

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 Historical Records.

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

Citations for This Collection[edit | edit source]

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. 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. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:
{{Collection citation| text =“Australia, Tasmania, Military Records, 1878-1903. ” Index. FamilySearch. : accessed 2015. Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office, Hobart, Australia. }

Image Citation:
This template has been deprecated and is no longer used.

The image citation will be available once the collection is published.