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How to Trace Your Convict Ancestors: T/Reakes, Janet/Paper/0868066575/S006-E
Hale & Iremonger
Hale & Iremonger Genealogical Series
Genealogy is now Australia's most popular hobby and Janet Reakes is one of our best-known and most widely published genealogical authorities.
How times have changed! It is with a sense of expectation that many Australian genealogists now trace their family trees in the hope of discovering a convict lurking on a branch. In this revised and expanded edition of Janet Reakes's bestselling guide, comprehensive listings of convicts sent over on the First, Second and Third Fleets make the task that much easier of establishing convict ancestry.
In this useful book, the author guides the reader through key events of convict life from the commission of the crime, through sentencing, languishing on the hulks awaiting transportation, the voyage out, work assignment, punishments and eventually to ticket-of-leave or pardon. The author discusses the records that are most useful to family historians, so that in compiling family trees they also gain an insight into daily life in the early days of white settlement in Australia.