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How to trace your convict ancestors: their lives, times &...

How to trace your convict ancestors: their lives, times & records / Janet Reakes

How to trace your convict ancestors: their lives, times & records is a best-selling guide by genealogist Janet Reakes. Published by Hale & Iremonger the book is available at the Library shop.

The author takes us through the life of a convict drawing the researcher’s attention to associated records. From trial and transportation records and the voyage out to documenting a convict’s life in the colony such as work assignment and family life. The chapter “Pardons” is particularly useful covering terminology such as “Ticket of Leave” and “Conditional” and “Absolute Pardons” explaining how a convict won his or her freedom.

The guide includes research tips for those with Tasmanian and West Australian convict ancestry.

Speak to the Librarian on the Family History Desk in the State Reference Library if you want to inquire further about your convict ancestry. The Librarian can help provide access to the full range of resources for convict research including many of the resources in Janet Reakes’ guide.