Monday, May 05, 2008

Resources for Researching your convict

Family History Fest sessions continue at Diamond Valley Library. This month Research your convict. Join us on Wednesday May 7 1.30 - 2.30 pm for an introduction to researching your "Australian Royalty".

There are a number of resources online that can assist with your research.
Convict records on Ancestry
Ancestrylibrary is accessed via any computer at all branch libraries via the genealogy link at

Guide to convict records (from
State Records NSW – Convicts
State Records Office of Western Australia – Convict records

Archives Office of Tasmania

Convict transportation registers database (State Library of Queensland)
Public Records Office of Victoria – Courts and criminal justice convict records
National Archives (UK known as TNA) Sources for convicts and prisoners
National Archives (UK known as TNA) Transportation to Australia

Old Bailey online : The Proceedings (trials) of the Old Bailey London’s central criminal court 1674 to 1913The Old Bailey Proceedings Online makes available a fully searchable,
digitised collection of all surviving editions of the Old Bailey Proceedings
from 1674 to 1913

Female Factory (provides a research service for a fee)

Port Arthur historic site research service
Convicts Australia

Mayberry – Irish convicts and databases
Basics on Convicts to NSW
Tasmanian Convicts – indexes
Descendants of Convicts groupIncludes names of convicts members are researching and links

Researching convicts in family history
Convict Trail Project (NSW)
Archives Office of Tasmania

Guide to resources for Tasmanian genealogy convicts and courts
Lady Juliana Convict Women

Rootsweb mailing lists. Search Convicts. 7 results

National Library of Australia
Scroll down to links on convicts

Convicts and the British colonies in Australia
Coraweb – Convicts (links)

Convict ships List of reading and links

Convicts (links)

First Fleet fellowship

Australia’s First Fleet

Transportation of convicts to Australia
Includes names of convicts tried at Nottigham Quarter Sessions Court and details of a convict researcher

Lincolnshire convicts transported to Australia, Gibraltar and BermudaNearly 2000 convicts are known to have been transported from Lincolnshire between 1788 and 1868. They are all listed in the Lincolnshire Archives on-line database

Cyndislist : Ships, convicts lists, passenger lists etc
Ireland-Australia Transportation database

Convicts transported to Australia: A guide to researching your convict ancestors
ReadingThe Convict probation system, Van Dieman’s Land 1839 by Ian Brand
The fatal shore: a history of the transportation of convicts to Australia 1787-1868 by Robert Hughes.
The second fleet: Britain’s grim convict armada of 1790 by Michael Flynn (Sydney Library of Australian History, 1993)
Pentonville to Pentridge
Irish women in colonial Australia by Trevor McLaughlin

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