Website releases records of convicts sent to Australia

(COURIEMAIL) FOUR years after the launch of a website which released detailed records of Australians’ convict history, people are now being offered the chance to read the final chapter of their ancestors’ once murky past. And in many cases, the story has a happy ending. Yesterday (AEDT), the family history website Ancestry.com.au releases online the Convict Registers of Conditional and Absolute Pardons 1791-1846 and the NSW Certificates of Freedom 1827-1867, which "completes" the journey from arrest to release of almost one third of all convicts transported to Australia. […] Ancestry.com.au draws information from 910 million records in Australia and the UK To mark Australia Day, it will allow people to search the new records for free until January 31. read more

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