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1. FreeAlphabetic list of convict ships

Convict Connections: A list of convict ships sent to the Australian colonies, including arrival date, the port they departed from and their destination.

2. Onsite(CDROM)Births in Australia 1788-1828

J.S. Shaw North Publishing: This online database records details of 27, 500 births in the Australian colonies, representing approximately 15,000 pioneer families. The breakdown of the records are: 23,648 in New South Wales, 2,600 in Tasmania, 885 on Norfolk Island, 330 Aborigines or part-Aborigines, 1 on Kangaroo Island (S. Aust.), 1 on Melville Island (N.T.) and 9 on King Island (Tas.). This CD-ROM is the online version of the 2nd ed. of the print "Births in Australia 1788-1828" compiled by James Hugh Donohoe. Print editions can requested online from the catalogue for use in the Main Reading Room.

3. FreeColonial Tasmanian Family Links Database

The Colonial Tasmanian Family Links database is designed to provide an initial online genealogical research resource. It links individuals with other members of their families living in Tasmania in the 19th Century. The information about individuals is based on records of births, deaths, and marriages and similar events, held in the Archives Office of Tasmania and the linkages have been developed by family historians associated with the National Heritage Foundation. The database, at present, contains approximately five hundred thousand entries.

4. FreeConvict transportation registers database

State Library of Queensland: The British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database has been compiled from the HO 11 Criminal - Convict Transportation Registers series of British Home Office records. Over 123,000 out of the estimated 160,000 convicts transported to Australia are recorded in this database. These include prisoners sent to New South Wales, Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania), Moreton Bay (Brisbane), Western Australia and Norfolk Island. Also recorded are some ships which were bound for Gibraltar. The records cover the period of 1787 to 1867. You may find the following information on each entry: Name of convict, including any known aliases, Place of trial [The date of trial is recorded on the original registers and will be gradually added to this database], Term of sentence, Name of ship and date of departure, Place of arrival, Miscellaneous notes e.g. Died at sea; Ticket of Leave, etc. These records mainly include those convicted in England and Scotland. Only a small number of Irish convicts appear in this series of the Home Office records. The database also includes soldiers who had been court-martialled and sentenced to transportation. These "soldier convicts" may have been convicted in various British colonies including the West Indies, India, Pakistan and Canada.

5. FreeFind and Connect

: The Find and Connect website brings together records relating to institutional care in Australia. It contains information about and images of childrens homes, as well as information about where records relating to care can be found such as government departments or past providers of care. It does not contain personal information or private records. This website contains information that is relevant to anyone who experienced out of home care in Australia, not only the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants but also members of the Stolen Generations, foster children, wards of state and adopted children.

6. OnsiteFindmypast

Findmypast: Find My Past is a family history and genealogy website. The National Library of Australia subscribes to the collections covering the UK, Australia and New Zealand, and Ireland (not the United States and Canada collections). Users may select the collection they wish to search from the Search box on the Find my Past homepage. (If the United States and Canada collection is selected, users are only able to access the small amount of free information available, not the complete collection.) Popular records contained in the collections include birth, marriage and death records; census records; British newspapers; parish baptisms, marriages and burials; military records, and passenger lists of ships leaving the UK. A key collection is that of the British in India, produced in partnership with the British Library, and including the records of the British India Office and the East India company

7. FreeFounders and survivors

: This site records and studies the founding population of 73,000 men women and children who were transported to Tasmania. It uses the extensive surviving Tasmanian convict records which provide detailed descriptions of the convicts' heights, eye colour, literacy, skills, family history, problems and temperament. Digitised images of the records are provided. This website is a partnership between historians, genealogists, demographers and population health researchers. FOR OPTIMUM USE THIS WEBSITE NEEDS TO BE VIEWED IN FIREFOX.

8. FreeIndex to Census Records 1837-1857 (Tasmania)

Archives Office of Tasmania: In 1840 a Census Commission was established to conduct a census of the Tasmanian population. The index includes census taken in the following years: 1837, 1838, 1842, 1843, 1848, 1851, and 1857.

9. Onsite(CDROM)Index to Colonial movements 1827-1853

Descendents of Convicts' Group, Inc: Index to approximately 10,000 convict movements in the Colony of New South Wales (covering present day New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and Victoria. Entries comprise convict's names or alias, the date of the movement, and the place from which the convict was moved.

10. FreeIndex to Convict Applications for Permission to Marry 1829-1857 (Tasmania)

Archives Office of Tasmania: People who were convicts in Tasmania were not permitted to marry either each other or free people without approval from the Convict Department authorities. The index contains entries for most (but not all) people during the period 1829 to 1857. The actual applications have not survived and registers (CON45, CON52) have been the source for this index. These registers have a two-line entry for each application. The information listed is: applicant's surname and given name; an extra identifier (if two convicts arrived on the same ship and had the same name); the name of the ship the convict arrived on, or 'free' if the person was not a convict; the date of the application; the reference number for the application; the reference number for the marriage record if this has been included.

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"Australian cemetery records"

A guide to cemetery records held at the National Library of Australia. Includes references to printed works, newspapers, microform and online sources. Types of sources mentioned include burial certificates, church registers, civil death certificates, council and private cemetery registers/records, funeral director or undertaker records, monumental inscriptions (listings of gravemarkers, memorial plaques and monuments) and newspaper funeral notices.

"Australian Birth, Death and Marriage Records Research Guide"

A guide to Australian Birth Death and Marriage records held at the National Library.

"Australian Joint Copying Project"

The Australian Joint Copying Project or AJCP is a collection of historical material relating to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific dating from 1560 to 1984. The material has been drawn from records held in the United Kingdom and microfilmed. This guide contains descriptions of the contents of the AJCP handbooks, the material contained in the AJCP,and the related microfilm reel/s,