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How to trace your convict ancestors : their…

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

by Janet Reakes

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Dedicated to Marilyn, John, Phillip and Timothy Reakes
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In 1947 a Sydney newspaper, the Sunday Sun, published one of the first articles on genealogy.
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Genealogy is now Australia's most popular hobby and Janet Reakes is one of our best-known and most widely published authorities. 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 Janet Reakes's bestselling guide, comprehensive listings of convists 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.

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