Helping hands helping one another with our family history & genealogy research.
This is a followup from a suggestion by Larzus to my discussion about improving the forum.
In the replies, could you please list up to five books (or more if you want) you have at home that you would be prepared to do look ups for others. Make sure you mention what the book is about eg soldiers, sailors, convicts, free settlers etc and if the book is indexed.
I have many books relating to Tasmanian history so I will post a few at a time. Some of the books are specific to Tasmania, others (such as 1st and 2nd fleet) contain references to people who arrived in NSW and later lived in Tasmania.
History of Tasmania, volume 1 - author Lloyd Robson
History of Tasmania, volume II - author Lloyd Robson
The Fatal Shore (NSW and Tasmania)- author Robert Hughes
The Founders of Australia (First Fleet) - Mollie Gillen
The Second Fleet - Michael Flynn
Notorious Strumpets & Dangerous Girls (convict women in Tasmania to 1829) - Philip Tardif
John Bowen's Hobart (first settlement at Risdon Cove)- Philip Tardif
Convicts Unbound (convicts and free settlers from the UK on the "Ocean" and "Calcutta" 1804- Marjorie Tipping
Will post more soon.
I have the following:
Living Stones Vol 1,2,3 - some epitaphs etc from some Tasmanian graveyards - indexed
The convict probation system by Ian Brand - information about the actual convict stations not the convicts themselves - indexed
Various copies of Tasmanian Ancestry - Family History Society newsletters - content page but not indexed
Wrecks in Tasmanian Waters by Harry O'May - indexed by ship name
My books about Tassie:
Pioneer Shipping L Norman 1958 "Whailing, Sealing, Piracy, Shipwrecks, etc. in Early Tasmania". Indexed for some people, vessels, inns/taverns. A huge amount of anecdotal and factual information, with a lot of early stories.
Sea Wolves and Bandits L Norman 1946 "Sealing, Whaling, Smuggling and Piracy. Wild Men of Van Diemen's Land, Bushrangers and Bandits, Wrecks and Wreckers". Subject index only but I know where to find a lot of things.
Convicts and Carriageways The Historical Committee of the Dept of Main Roads, Tasmania. 1988 All about the making of Tassie's roads with eye witness excerpts and pictures of travels through the years. From the tracks of the first settlements, bridges, accidents, convict work, councils etc etc. Indexed by locality with a few names. Gives the flavour of a district more than actual genealogical use. Lots of good stuff clearly written by engineers and not writers.
Historic New Norfolk Series IV and V New Norfolk Council's Historical & Information Centre 1990 A list of burials and inscriptions from the Stephen St, North Circle and some St George of Ease, Lachlan.
Highway in Van Diemen's Land 1968 G Hawley Stancombe. History of the Midlands Highway. The old good Midlands Hwy .... anyone from Tassie will remember it. Index contains names of people and places.
The Tasmanian Traveller A Nineteenth Century Companion For Modern Travellers Hilary Webster 1988 Excerpts from letters and diaries. First hand accounts of various journeys. Indexed by locality and name.
Bushlife In Tasmania James Fenton 1989 Mostly about the north - Launceston, Carrick etc. Small index, book of many pages.
I'll have to scour the shelves for the others.
A few more Tassie reference books.
Transcribing Tasmanian Convict Records by Susan Hood - great for those funny abbreviations when you are trying to read a convict record.
Tasmania's Convicts : How felons built a free society by Alison Alexander - info about some convicts and free settlers - indexed
Convict Lives - Women at the Cascades Female Factory - by the female factory research group - indexed and includes glossary and sources for the particular women who are written about
Ships in Tasmanian Waters by G.W.Cox - index of principal ships
Probation in Paradise - by John Thompson - story of convict probationers on Tasman and Forestier Peninsula 1841-1857 - mentions some families but lots about the actual stations
Valuation Roll for Hobart Town 1858 - complied by Dr Trudy Cowley - alphabetical listings owner/occupier
Before posting your books, check the previous ones already mentioned. Try not to repeat titles as this will help spread the load among our members who are prepared to do lookups.
Even more references I could use for lookups
Tasmanian Pioneer Index 1803 -1899 - CDROM
Cemeteries of Southern Tasmania - Sorell district Volumes 1, 2 and 3 - CDROM
The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens 1818-1986 by Marcus Hurburgh - indexed and bibliography
The Bellerive to Sorell Railway by Bellerive Historical Society - published 2005 - indexed and references
Hi I have
The Pioneers of Tasmania the story of the Lucas, Garth, Faulkner, Sproule, Orpin and Gerlock families.
Dwellers at the Farm in the Valley the story of the Denholm Family.
A History of Bothwell
and From Chains to Freedom (the set of 3 books) This set has a lot of the Bellett family and their relatives
Also the book A Grave Look at History this has hundreds of headstone photos taken around Australia unfortunately it is not indexed