England & Wales Criminal Registers 1791-1892

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on January 25, 2011 in Content, Convicts

The England & Wales Criminal Registers 1791-1892 contain records for all 1.4 million criminal trials reported to the Home Office that took place in England and Wales from the late 18th to the late 19th centuries, painting a detailed picture of Britain’s early legal system1. The collection – taken from 279 original paper volumes held… Read more

Convict Transportation Registers 1788-1868

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on January 24, 2011 in Content, Convicts

The Convict Transportation Registers 1788-1868 include records for most of the 163,021 convicts transported to Australia. The collection – the originals for which are held at The National Archives of England and Wales – includes the four transportation registers spanning the 80 years of convict transportation. Australian Convict Transportation Registers – First Fleet, 1787-1788 Australian… Read more

Early convict butts reveal ‘license to play’ for well-performing prisoners

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on January 22, 2011 in Content, Convicts, New records

We recently launched online for the first time the more than 42,000 Australian convict records in the NSW Tickets of Leave Butts 1824-1867. The collection includes Registers of Tickets of Leave 1824-1827, which offers prisoner details in ledger format, and Ticket of Leave Butts 1827-1867. The butts were essentially copies of the ‘Tickets’ given to… Read more

Search for your convict ancestors FREE until 31st January

Posted by Ancestry.com.au on January 20, 2011 in Convicts, General Announcement

Ancestry.com.au’s collection of more than 2.3 million convict records will be available to search for FREE to the public for 11 days beginning January 20 in honour of Australia Day. With more than four million Australians having descended from convicts1, approximately one in five can claim convict history and will likely have an ancestor included… Read more