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A guide to researching convict ancestors.
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.
Gale Cengage Learning: This resource focuses on cultures and countries around the world, specifically what is and is not shared culturally by the people who live in a particular country. Entries contain descriptive summaries of the country in question, including demographic, historical, cultural, economic, religious, and political information. This online book is part of the Gale Virtual Reference Library.
S & N Genealogy Supplies: This CD contains both a searchable index to crew lists, crew agreements and log books as well as details including full name, age, date of birth, place of birth, name of ship, previous ship etc. This master name index of more than 270,000 records has been produced from the original files from local record offices in the British Isles and at the Public Record Office, Kew (England).
: Culture Victoria aims to deliver access to Victorian cultural collections. It allows users to search across the websites and databases of Victorian collecting organisations and provides information on over 700 places in Victoria that hold publicly accessible collections.
This resource is a categorised and cross-referenced index to Australian and overseas genealogical resources on the Internet. It has a strong bias towards resources from the United States of America, England and Britain.